A Country Wedding

I grew up in a large family. Seven kids plus mom and dad.   My dad’s sister also had seven kids.   My dad’s younger brother had three girls.   There are plenty more relatives but that’s all you need to know to understand how this big group came together. We’re missing a few and we hold them in our hearts, but we treasure the chance to celebrate my cousin...
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Sun Shine Down by Gillian Marchenko – a book review

I get asked to read and review a lot of books. I don’t like every book I read, but usually I find something nice to say, even if it ends up not being a favorite.   This most recent book is not that way. I truly loved this book. Sun Shine Down is a short book, written very simply; I finished it in about two hours. Yet it changed me. I have a sad sweet ache in my heart as I write this...
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How To Find Your Calm After Being Triggered

I just had a yucky experience. I was exiting the freeway going about 60 miles per house, slowing to 45 on the exit ramp. A black sports car going much faster, maybe 70 or 80, descended on me. It felt like he was going to touch my bumper. I put my hand up signaling him to pull back and give me distance.   He came closer. He started to maneuver around me to the left but realized that would...
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Weekend of Rest

Summer is almost over. We spent the weekend in Grand Lake, CO celebrating my husband’s parents’ birthdays. We had a wonderful three days enjoying sunshine, food, and family. Here’s a little video I put together.     What was your favorite memory this summer? ———————– ...
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How I Found My True Self – A Mini Memoir

    Part 1 The False Self   I like me.     It wasn’t always this way. I was a people pleaser; a chameleon. I became who you wanted me to be.   I’d notice and meet your need. Never noticed my own. Didn’t know I had needs or that I should respond to them.   I worked and served and gave and rushed, and I hoped you’d like me because of all I...
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Sadness, Grief, Depression . . . What Is The Difference?

Sienna came to my office three months after her mom died. She wasn’t sure if she needed a counselor since grief is a normal part of life. I immediately sensed Sienna was experiencing more than grief. She was showing signs of depression and seemed stuck.   We spent a few months talking about her family. It was clear there were several painful pieces of her story that needed to be told and...
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