12.202017
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Christmas Presence 

Christmas Presence 

Anytime our youngest son, Dalton, would want something from me or his dad, he’d preface his request with “The law states…”.  Often, he’d pause for effect and then he’d fill in the blank with whatever random request he might have at the moment.  His method was predictable.  He’d state his want, pause, and then wait…

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11.282017
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Serotonin-Induced Giving

Serotonin-Induced Giving

So, yeah, I can’t cook. Well, technically, I can cook three things: lasagna, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes. But, outside of that, my husband does most of the cooking. I had to laugh recently when my son sent a letter home from Boot Camp that said he missed Dad’s cooking! What can I say, I…

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10.262017
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Acute Angle

Acute Angle

We should have known it was a bad sign when Dalton’s kindergarten teacher at Lakeview, Mrs. Curtis, sat us down in those tiny little chairs and said that our son was having difficulty with his color words. I remember looking at her and saying, “But, his last name is a color word: Brown!” Yeah, he’s…

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10.112017
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The Three-Item Challenge

The Three-Item Challenge

Results. We all want them. Some rely on them. Some have to go into overtime to get them. Some get statues because of them. (#Peyton) Some write books about them. That’s what Simon Sinek did. His book, Start with Why reminded me of book Good to Great by Collins in that it shows the minor…

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09.122017
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Awesomesauce

Awesomesauce

September has always been my favorite month.  It’s a great combination, like Marie Osmond, who was a little bit country, and Donny Osmond, who was a little bit rock and roll.  We get to enjoy warm days and cool nights; the perfect mix of summer and fall all rolled into one.  I love smelling a…

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08.212017
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Big Rocks and Beer

Big Rocks and Beer

Sooner or later everybody has a first job.  These days, it seems like the older you are the younger you were when you had your first money-making venture.  I was doing an icebreaker activity at church once when we all had to share what our first dip was in the career pool.  There were a…

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07.112017
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Nasal Nostalgia

Nasal Nostalgia

Some of my favorite authors have an impeccable ability to paint pictures with their words.  Roxanne Roberts is the author/artist who created this masterpiece, which actually involves paint, and I love it so much: “Think of your life as a can of white paint. Each significant experience adds a tiny drop of color: pink for…

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06.202017
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Pringling

Pringling

If memory and reality become confused, perhaps that’s as it should be.  I have no idea where I first heard that phrase.  With so many different mediums entering our brains these days, it’s hard to recall the source, but I like the idea. For example, I remember the time that Griffin and a couple of…

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05.222017
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Flat Hats and Flowers

Flat Hats and Flowers

It was a Thursday night about 7:00 p.m. when my husband arrived at the MGH Emergency Room.  It wasn’t a life-threatening event, but our 2-year-old son, at the time, fell in the slippery bathtub and hit his chin just right.  Just right means a small gash that left the bathroom looking like a crime scene…

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