Category Archives: Reflections

Memorials

When my good friend, Linda, visited the Washington, DC area, she wanted to go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I agreed to be her chauffeur and tour guide, although I had never been to the Wall, afraid I would break … Continue reading

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Receiving with grace

I have always been- and will always be a giver, but I am still learning how to receive with grace. The culture of my family of origin required that I become fiercely independent; having needs was deemed shameful, selfish, and … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day message: twisted

This morning I am considering how Mother’s Day began as a day for mothers to oppose war–so, as Julia Ward Howe wrote, “Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage…Our sons shall not be taken from us to … Continue reading

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Attracted to power

An old friend said that she noticed I have “always been attracted to power.” This friend often provides insightful and accurate observations, so her comment gave me pause. I stopped to consider what she said, to examine myself and my … Continue reading

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Crucial elements

I was lucky to have an unconventional youth, during which some periods of my life were defined largely by who I was and what interested me. These were my halcyon days, upon which I still look with pleasure.  Some time … Continue reading

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Reflections on a bike ride

As the surge of traffic rolls forward like a wave, I am quickly passed by the four-wheeled flow, and for a moment my mind touches on the thought that I am not at all nervous in this rush. Keenly aware, yes, but not afraid like I was 12 months ago. In that thought I see a metaphor for my life. Continue reading

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The good stuff off the spoon

Whether in the mark-down section, at the register, or in the parking lot, I look for the lagniappe in every day, and find it in everyday opportunities and actions. Continue reading

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“Do that!”

Many years ago a friend, feeling depressed, called a mental health hot-line. She expected the person answering to listen patiently to all her woes, to empathize, to offer gentle support–but what she received was the opposite. Before she could sing … Continue reading

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Nothing more holy

“All about the love, and if we don’t go here ourselves, all of us, we aren’t going to make it.” Continue reading

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The one essential thing my friends have in common

I felt honored when one of my most observant and insightful friends told me, “You are living the authentic life everyone wants to live.” I smiled as her comment reminded me of an ice-breaking exercise at a women’s retreat I … Continue reading

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