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Are You Listening? 1998, 2003 and 2016

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I feel like I’m starting over this morning.  In December 1998 I was just beginning to come to grips with the fact that I had actually retired. We had moved to Brookings, Oregon, 700 miles away from “home” … and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  What… Continue reading

Reflections on Voices and Values – June 4, 1999

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  This one makes me really sad.  I wrote it in 1999 and I still remember the thoughts that were running through my mind that day like it was yesterday.  I don’t think I ever shared it with anyone except for my husband – and maybe Molly’s mother.  The reason for that is that I… Continue reading

A Poem for Olivia – Jan. 29, 2014

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I wrote this poem the day after my daughter called to tell us that she was pregnant.  On January 28, 2014 and we were in our RV at Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta, California.  The news came as a shock for many reasons, and I’m afraid that my tone on the phone was not one… Continue reading

Parenting on Purpose – March 1998

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I wrote this piece during Spring Break in 1998 just after meeting my first nephew, Tanner.  Tanner was 6 months old.  Less than a month ago, on May 27, 2016, I got to watch Tanner giving the Salutatorian address at Oakmont High School in Roseville, CA.  He’s off to Cal Tech in the fall …… Continue reading

Focus on the Children – December 1998

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Jesus says nothing about focusing on the family.  In fact, he said quite the opposite.  A quick Google search for the question “What did Jesus say about family?” led me to pages and pages of sites that try to dispel the literal interpretation of Luke 14:22-27 where He says we must “hate” our family to… Continue reading