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In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be Mindful

In Others’ Words: Be Mindful

We fool ourselves sometimes, don’t we? We created a nice, safe, manageable lives for ourselves. Our family. Our friends. And then something happens. An unexpected illness. I keep hearing about friends and acquaintances having their gall bladders removed. Or being diagnosed with cancer. Or maybe it’s an accident. Or even a natural disaster. Friends of mine had their house struck by ligh... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

Our perspective affects our outlook on life. And author Robert Brault’s mindset makes me smile. We all know the traditional, here-they-come-again celebrations. Birthdays. Independence Day. Thanksgiving. Yom Kippur. Christmas. Weddings — and the subsequent anniversaries. Graduations. But what other special occasions can we celebrate besides the ones already prewritten on most calendars?... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries. His poetic and profound words “Life tears our heart... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are You Interested?

In Others’ Words: Are You Interested?

You know how you get to the end of a day and you don’t remember what you did? Or is that only me that happens to? Sometimes I’m busy, busy, busy … and yes, I’m doing things. But sometimes what I’m really doing is not paying attention. I’m juggling several things at one time, which in a way is saying that none of the things I’m doing warrants my full attent... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Headed Here, There and Everywhere

In Others’ Words: Headed Here, There and Everywhere

By the time you read this post, I’ll be in Seattle. Spring break — a great time to go someplace, right? And since my son Josh moved to Seattle last October, that sounded like a great place to visit. I’ve never been to Seattle and I’m ready to explore my son’s new hometown, rain or shine. (And I understand there will probably be rain.) There are other places I’d ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Exhaustion of Insincerity

In Others’ Words: The Exhaustion of Insincerity

  I remember the first time I heard someone teach about insincerity. I was in a teen youth group, and a boy who I liked — a boy who a lot of the girls liked — spoke on being sincere. I thought he was witty and brilliant — and yes, really cute. A year or so later, I dated the guy. When I went away on summer vacation, I came back to find out that he’d been dating another... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Teams and the Power of Game Changers

In Others’ Words: Teams and the Power of Game Changers

Yes, I love football. And yes, I am a Denver Bronco fan — and a Peyton Manning fan too. And, in an exercise of full disclosure, I am also thrilled that Tim Tebow is getting another shot at the NFL. But despite the beginning of this blog, today is not about football. Nope. Today’s post is about teams and about being a game changer. Teams happen all sorts of places besides sports fields.... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Are We Having Fun Yet?

In Others’ Words: Are We Having Fun Yet?

  It’s been a week … You know. One of those weeks where you do the work. And sometimes you’re happy with your efforts … and sometimes you’re not. One of those weeks where you rest … and sometimes you’re up earlier — or later — and you’re tired. Just dragging through the day. One of those weeks where things go according to plan …... Read More »

In Others’ Words: In the Moment

In Others’ Words: In the Moment

Most of my days start with a good 3 1/2 mile walk with my friend Mary. We walk and talk — and we look for “a little bit of pretty,” as we’ve come to call it. It all started when we noticed a wooden bench in a yard we were walking past — a little bit of pretty, even though one arm on the bench was broken. Mary and I talked about that phrase — a little bit of pret... Read More »

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