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After the Storm…

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. ~Alice Walker As we walk through the neighborhood, my husband asks “Which kind is this?”  Elm? I reply with some hesitation, as I look at the leaves and the bark.  “If you had had Mrs. Ross, you’d […]

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Things Fall Apart to Come Together

‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. ~Henry David Thoreau The picture of a man standing in front of a huge pile of rubble caught my attention.  He was in Oklahoma and the rubble was clearly what was once his home, destroyed in a tornado.  What a sense of despair he must have felt, yet he […]

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Stop Assuming the Worst. Invite the Best of Life into Your View!

“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.” ― Alan Alda Growing up in a tiny Tennessee town with a mother who was a sweet Sooner from Oklahoma and a father who was a brilliant Boilermaker from Indiana, I was exposed […]

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All work and no play…the secret to society’s failings?

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato Mac and Nano are two funny fellas.  When we arrive at Nano’s to visit, Mac is literally wiggling like a worm in his excitement.  As soon as the leash is unlatched from his collar, Mac […]

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And She Laughed…

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”― Victor Hugo When I was in college, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was taking a health class at the time, and I chose to write a paper about the disease for one of our assignments in hopes of finding some piece of information […]

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The Beauty of a Wrinkle

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” ― Clarence Day Jr.     Putting on eye shadow has never been a difficult task for me.  Well, it wasn’t difficult until about a year ago […]

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Telling Your Story…

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelou       “Everyone has a story,” I remarked to my friend as she blessed my heart over learning things about me she didn’t know.       “We both know that,” she responded.  We don’t have to know much to […]

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One Word

Do you believe that one word can make a difference for you, can change your whole day?  I’m going to give it a chance in my own life, and I encourage you to do the same. My cousin Nancy mentioned a good ‘mindfulness’ book to me, and I thought “I already own that book!”  How […]

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My Journey of Health

That is Mary Anne Blake.  She has been practicing medicine for 27 years, and guess how long she has been my doctor?  27 years!  She is an amazing person and doctor, and I love her with everything in me.  She has been with me in some of the most difficult moments of my life, and […]

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Uncle David, “Mr. L”, and Dialysis

I spent a lifetime in San Antonio last summer.  That sounds kind of odd, but it’s really how it feels when I think back.  My life changed in that town.  Much of the changes came from a relationship I built with my husband’s uncle, David.  Uncle David was in the nursing home when I arrived, […]

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