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Writing

Writing

Did you know that I write? More than just for this blog, I have actually written a couple novels! In 2015 I started participating in NaNoWriMo, which is a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. (that's 1,667 words a day).  I've "won" twice and gave...

Making Marriage Work

Making Marriage Work

In September we celebrated our 17th anniversary. I guess that means we have some idea of what makes a good marriage work. After all, I'd marry Josh all over again (in a heartbeat!), and he says the same about me.     A friend asked for advice of what makes a...

Feeling Alone

Feeling Alone

I don't know about you... But this year I've felt more alone than ever before in my life. Which is a big deal, because I actually lived alone for a couple years, in a country where I was gradually learning to speak the language but every time I left the house I had to...

So What Now?

So What Now?

A newly empty nest... A job furloughed that may or may not open back up... A dance studio where your favorite teacher left... A church you no longer feel connected to... A curriculum that doesn't click with the kids... Something that used to be your passion but now...

Seasons

Seasons

When I was in school, I was torn between wanting to be a ballerina and wanting to pursue music. I finally chose music because the clarinet was fully paid for (unlike ballet classes), and I knew my height was against me with my dancing. That, and by 9th grade it was...

Agreeing to Disagree

Agreeing to Disagree

A couple hours ago I posted a question on Facebook.  Without mentioning specifics: Do you consider that you and I agree on major topics, or disagree? (Masks, politics, religion, etc) I was honestly curious to see how people would answer. And I loved the feedback I got...

Wedding Memories

Wedding Memories

17 years ago, I said "I do."    But let me back up just a bit. It was early 2003. I had been living stateside for 2 years, still trying to figure out what to do with my life. (I came back from 2 years living in Istanbul, Turkey for the first 2 years after...

Finding peace

Finding peace

I didn't plan to write about anything related to the coronavirus.  But then I saw an article that I saw last week about the number of suicides during this period being higher than the number of virus-caused deaths. And a conversation I had earlier a couple days before...

Coffee part 2

Coffee part 2

Have I told you how much I love coffee? The sound of the coffee pot gurgling... the smell... that first sip...  I love it all. (well, maybe not the coffee breath that follows) Last August I realized I was feeling jittery and exhausted immediately after having my...

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