Murphy Writes

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Patience, grasshopper…*

I used to work with a woman who’s favorite saying was,“Never pray for patience because you’re just asking to be tested.” The older I got, the more I understood what she meant, which was, the...

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A Father’s Day memory

(I wrote this three years ago today, on June 15, 2011. I reprint it here in honor of Father’s Day and my dad Pat.)   I opened his closet door and reached for the...

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The children are watching…

What I saw: The mom had a vise-like grip on her little boy’s arm as she dragged him over to the bench in front of the store. His little legs scrambled as fast as...

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Rejecting rejection

I recently entered a writing competition in which I thought I might have a fair chance of at least getting a small recognition.  I didn’t actually think I would win the whole enchilada, but I hoped that...

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Our lives as a highlight reel

Have you ever sat at lunch and listened to a friend go on and on about all the wonderful things that are happening in her life? She just got back from a glorious trip...

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Finding your own voice

(Martha Graham)  “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression...

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Monday Musings and Motivation

 (Fantastic whimsical artwork and greeting cards by Pamela J. Zagarenski - www.sacredbee.com) “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ~...

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The journey IS the destination

(photo credit) “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~ Greg Anderson  The other day I was standing in a store line semi-eavesdropping...

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Taking time to listen to the wind

When I was a little girl, my family lived across the street from a large wooded lot where hundreds, maybe thousands, of old pine trees grew wild. The lot was a stone’s throw from...

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Forget the Regret!

  (source) “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies. “ ~ Ann Landers This past year I read a very touching news story about the biggest life...

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Just be who you are!

    Back in 2007, the New York Times hired me as a freelance writer to cover the resignation of staunch Republican Idaho senator Larry Craig, who had been arrested in a Minnesota men’s...