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Hey, Jealousy

Hey, Jealousy

In my last blog, we talked about the hidden gifts of envy, and I promised to share with you my thoughts on jealousy next time. Next time is here! Jealousy is one of my least favorite feelings. It can bring out the worst in me.  I also […]

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Fashion Rules, Pumpkin Spice, Leggings, Shaming and a Better Way

Fashion Rules, Pumpkin Spice, Leggings, Shaming and a Better Way

A couple years ago, I decided to cut my hair because I’d been hearing and reading that women over 40 should not have long hair. I did it. I hated it. I could not grow my long hair back quickly enough. I decided then to have long […]

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Adventures with Ego (My Clever, Cunning Sidekick)

Adventures with Ego (My Clever, Cunning Sidekick)

You may have heard me say many times that I am not an “ego-basher”. I don’t wish to kill my ego, or destroy it, or even transcend it at this point, because, well, I’m human and I’m here to have a human experience, and egos come in […]

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The Bravest Girl I Know

The Bravest Girl I Know

Later this week, my daughter and I hit the road as I accompany her toward the next chapter of her adventurous life. Maddi, who just turned 20, has decided to spend her summer working on an organic farm in Colorado. The trip will take us 13 hours, if […]

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Relatives. Related. Relating. Relate.

Relatives. Related. Relating. Relate.

I was homesick and I didn’t even know it. It had been a few years since I’d visited my hometown of Chicago. My fiancé had never been, and I longed to see my family, to introduce my dad to my future and final husband. It was time. […]

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Getting the Support You Need

As an occasional offering, I invite you to write with your questions or topic suggestions. I will answer all either privately or in this space. It’s my intention that my words will bring hope and new clarity. Here’s one… Dear Lisa, I could use some perspective on […]

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A Valentine’s Day Attitude Adjustment

A Valentine's Day Attitude Adjustment

“I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s just a made-up holiday!” My friend complained to me, exasperated once again by the pressures, expenses and obligations wrapped up in February 14th. “All holidays are made-up holidays, aren’t they?” I replied. We chuckled… and realized it’s true. If you’re not into […]

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We are shaped by what we love.

We are shaped by what we love.

We are shaped by what we love. Every person, every thing, every creature, every way we have loved has carved us, molded us, formed us. We are composites of every choice… to love or to not love, every sweeping tidal wave of love that has ever knocked […]

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This is why we raise kids, right?

This is why we raise kids, right?

How do you write a blog about your daughter growing up and turning 18 and finishing high school, without slipping into blubbering sentimentality? We shall see. I can’t make any promises. This is really why we raise kids, right? To eventually see them off into the world, […]

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Coming out of the dark: dumb mistakes and lovely little miracles

Coming out of the dark: dumb mistakes and lovely little miracles

Sunday evening,  I was driving to my fiance’s place. Like I’d done a thousand times. I know that route like the back of my hand. Which is why I must have thought it was okay to text while driving. Yes. I was texting. While driving. Suddenly, a […]

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