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Roller Coasters & Such

A roller coaster ride with its ups and downs is a great metaphor for all the emotions that come into play when leaving a beloved community! And I’m experiencing a lot of them. After announcing that I will resign at the end of September, I have been feeling both great excitement and great […]


R & R

As my ‘sit in the river’ vacation approaches, I find myself looking forward to the quiet, unstructured days of sister time. I always enjoy the place, the company and the renewal. It occurs to me that rest and renewal are very important in our lives!

Too often we try to push ourselves – […]


Some time ago, I was chatting with a few friends. Conversation turned to a person who had made one of my friends angry. As I listened to her berating this person, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling anything about the person she was angry with, but it seemed to me that my friend […]

Make New Friends

There is a song we used to sing in Girl Scouts – some of the lyrics are, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.” As with many things in scouting, there is an important value being taught in the song. We learned to appreciate friendship. […]

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

I remember that the saying goes that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb  Our weather certainly showed that March came in like a lion this year! Lots of really cold temperatures and snow, and even icy conditions made this a winter we were happy to release! But […]

I Was Thinking

I recently caught myself thinking in a way that I’m not proud of. A critical, judgmental opinion of someone flashed in my mind, and almost immediately I recognized the arrogance of my thoughts. It happened after hearing someone talking about her position on a topic.

Before this, I had met and chatted with […]


I’ll never look at the word refurbished in the same way again – because now I feel like I’m refurbished! Previously when I’d see an item for sale that was labeled ‘refurbished’, I’d move on. My thinking was that I didn’t want some broken item that someone else returned. I didn’t think about […]

The Good Stuff

Several years ago, my car radio/cd player just stopped working. I did the usual knocking and tapping on it, but it got no results. So, I went shopping for a new radio. I found one that I liked, and I had it installed. The old unit had a CD changer, so I asked […]

This Old Thing

Recently I spied a blouse in my closet that I’ve had forever, or so it seems! It is over thirty years old now. I remember buying it before I was married to my ex-husband, and we were married in 1981! I wore it a lot after I bought it, but I really don’t […]

Who’s Your BFF?

There are powerful capabilities in using social networking; I’m getting familiar with the ‘shorthand’ language of instant messaging. It’s an exciting new world! One of the expressions I see all the time is LOL – laugh out loud.

I read an internet story recently about a woman who thought LOL meant lots of love. She […]