The Books I Read The First Half Of 2015

          Here’s the list of books I read starting on January 1st, 2015. I decided not to rate them because if I didn’t think a book was 4 or 5 stars I would have put it down. My favorites were The Girl on the Train, Scary Close, The Fear Cure, And The Good News Is, and Deep Down Dark.  1. Speak by Nish Weiseth Speak, by popular blogger Nish Weiseth, is a...
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What I Said To The Friend Whose Marriage Was On The Rocks

A friend wrote to me the other day to say she and her husband are struggling in their marriage.   Here’s what I wrote back to her:   Hey (friend),   I was just about to sit down and write back and saw your smiley face.   Thanks for trusting me with what’s going on with you and (her husband).   The number one thing that helped me, when I was going through a...
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Life Inside The Fishbowl

While I was swimming around in the ocean of my career as a counselor, author, and teacher I saw what looked like a cool bunch of fish.   It seemed like they were where the action was. I wasn’t looking to get in that cluster but somehow it happened.   At first it was exciting. I was privy to all the news and gossip.   I felt official.   But soon I recognized I was no...
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How I Missed The Forest For The Trees

    Have you ever had the experience of missing something really fun and interesting because it was too close to home? That’s how it is with Golden, Colorado. It’s a fourteen minute drive from my front door and yet I’ve never spent time here, despite living nearby for 25 years!   Oh sure, I’ve done the Coors Brewery tour, a bunch of times. And my husband and...
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My Son In Law Became An American Citizen Today

I just had to share. My son-in-law Rik became an American citizen today. He moved to American from Great Britain when he was 12 years old. This dream has been a long time comin!   I couldn’t figure out how to get the photos in order. We gave Rik gifts and had a beer afterwards. What a great day!   ...
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Practicing Hospitality – Guest Room Essentials

I love my husband’s parents. My own parents are gone but I still feel like I have parents who love me: John and Doris.   No we haven’t had the perfect relationship. But we have had a great relationship. I feel blessed that they are still a big part of our lives even though my husband and I are old enough be grandparents.   Doris is the type of person who grabs her...
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