Tag Archives: Inner Growth

Trusting the rutted trail

I felt a strong sense of foreboding as I pedaled my bike to the beginning of the path through the woods one August evening a few years ago. Deeply shaded by the heavy growth of late summer and cutting through … Continue reading

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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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Rejecting the summer reading program

Several years ago my older daughter, Caitlín, was “in 6th grade,” but reading mostly young adult books, as she had outgrown most in the youth section. Since she was reading “teen” books, she felt she should be able to participate … Continue reading

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Bigger than me

A sweet friend is going through divorce, feeling overwhelmed with the tasks of re-entering the workforce, household and auto maintenance, finances, grocery shopping, meal planning, cooking, general parenting and dealing with the kids’ emotional fallout. Solo. I have a good … 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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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, I’m flying!

Mother, I’m flying Come catch me, Dad The most wonderful feeling That I’ve ever had I’m riding, I’m falling I’m falling, I’m riding I’m falling, I’m riding my bike In the fall of her 16th year, my daughter learned to … 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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