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In Others’ Words: Decide What It’s About

In Others’ Words: Decide What It’s About

  Perspective changes everything. As my husband and I wandered through a local park early one morning before my daughter’s day-long volleyball tournament, I paused in front of this wire bench. The surrounding trellises were mostly bare. What few leaves remained were brittle and brown. The landscape was awash in grays and browns. And it had its own certain beauty. As I stood there, I tho... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

There’s nothing quite like family rallying together in a crisis. Yesterday, my family rallied round my almost 99-year-old mother-in-law after she fell in her bathroom and ended up being taken to the emergency room via ambulance — she said the trip wasn’t bad — and then spent the day getting x-rayed and scanned. But they also rallied around one another in a time of concern &... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

I had a lunch date with my husband yesterday. While we were talking, he mentioned the year anniversary of someone coming to work at his office. I stopped him and said, “Has it really been a year? That time went by fast.” Life moving fast? That happens a lot.  I start counting down to something special, something weeks or even months away — like a writers conference or visiting a ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: You Can’t Always Get What You Want … Or Can You?

In Others’ Words: You Can’t Always Get What You Want … Or Can You?

This quote baffles me. I wish I could sit across from the illustrious Mark Twain and ask, “Who were you hanging out with?” I mean, really? He couldn’t find anyone who could tell him what they wanted out of life? And then there’s that other part of the quote — the first part — where Twain boldly proclaims that he teach anyone how to get what they want out of life... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Finding the Right Place and Standing Firm

In Others’ Words: Finding the Right Place and Standing Firm

  I remember the first time someone called me “narrow-minded.”  Now, when I say “the first time,” please don’t get the idea that this happens often. It doesn’t. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember the last time someone called me “narrow-minded,” but I do recall the first time. I was shocked. Me? Narrow-minded? I called my good friend Rob... Read More »

In Others’ Words: When Moments Become Memories

In Others’ Words: When Moments Become Memories

I live in Colorado — a landlocked state of mountains. And yes, I love it here. I remind myself on an almost daily basis to look up and see the beauty around me. The sunrises. The sunsets. The Front Range. Pikes Peak. But oh, how I savor a walk along the beach. The sand shifting beneath my bare feet. The waves splashing against my ankles. The breeze kissing my face with it’s salty breat... Read More »