Tag Archives: Happiness

Love them the most when they act the least lovable

Kids seem to know when a parent is most overloaded–and that’s when they act up the worst! I swear they have radar for this. If yours are like mine, they even have a pact to take turns being “the bad … Continue reading

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Delicious night ride

This afternoon I felt irritation as I realized that, once again, I was not going to leave work on time. Minutes before “quitting time,” my boss had something important to discuss, and it could not wait. I was going to … Continue reading

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The courage to turn the other cheek

One evening last week, I asked a friend to make plans to come through on a favor he had gladly offered me in exchange for a favor to him. I sent the request by text message, since I know that … Continue reading

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The depth of her strength

Long ago a tender, loving and trusting fairy child was born into a spellbound family. Under an age-old curse, her parents could not love. In an attempt to break the spell, the girl gave up large portions of her Self: … Continue reading

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Mimosas on the wind

Not far into my morning bike ride, I encounter a significant hill just on the other side of a major intersection. If I manage to hit the intersection while in motion, the momentum allows me to shift into 12th gear … 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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Where experts fear to tread

I collect quotes wherever I encounter insightful or amusing phrases. When I find a passage that is both insightful and amusing, I am doubly pleased. Therefore, I felt lucky when this gem came in an email: “Not being an expert … Continue reading

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Tiger Mother… sort of

My post, “Tiger Mother, Sort Of,” is up at TheHomeSchoolMom.com blog. Excerpt: Like children of Tiger Mothers everywhere, my girls were also expected to make all “A’s”. I pushed them, sometimes very hard–out the door in good weather. In the … 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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