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Feb 23

February 23, 2017

Twenty More Brunette Strands

Twenty More Brunette Strands {On Redefining Best}

Twenty more brunette strands. The white of the pillowcase was speaking an unwelcome truth. Though the official word was that this cocktail administered this time in this way probably wouldn’t cause the hair loss of rounds one or two….the proof was on the cotton percale.  Here we go again. Disappointment was knocking and once again would require emotional energy to answer.... Read more

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Feb 9

February 9, 2017

6 Tangible Ways to Support the Hurting in Your World

6 Tangible Ways to Support the Hurting in Your World

It’s commonplace to rally around joyous transitions, signing up to bring new parents a meal or two to sustain them during the first sleepless days of a newborn’s life, pitching in to help the neighbors throw a graduation party for their high school senior. It’s also commonplace to circle the wagons around those who have lost a loved one with... Read more

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Oct 17

October 17, 2016

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

At the risk of sounding like a creeper: I love people. If Buddy the Elf loves smiling, smiling is his favorite, I love people. People are my favorite. I am intrinsically drawn to people. If you were to ask me what my favorite thing about any job or position I’ve ever held was my answer would be simple: the people.... Read more

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Feb 18

February 18, 2016

Can You Love Me Anyway?

Can you love me anyway? (Fighting to Stay Married While Your Spouse Fights to Stay Alive)   “It’s okay if you don’t understand if you don’t get it, but can you love me anyway?” ~the spouse who is ill   Marriage is hard. You knew that already, right? Actually, all of what I’m about to say is probably nothing new for... Read more

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Nov 8

November 8, 2015

Lessons From the Cancer Center

Lessons From the Cancer Center: Maybe like me, you are a watcher of people. You don’t mean to be, it just happens. You are drawn in by their essence, their stories. My husband and I can be at dinner and I will shake my head or shed a tear at something said or done nearby and he’ll ask totally dumbfounded,... Read more

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