Less Change, More Joy

And this is how my life goes…..I started this a month ago. Wow – how a month has flown by!……. Watching my belongings disappear into boxes today. I’ve experienced this more times than I care to count. Ok, I kind of want to count….14 times in 23 years, mostly state to state moves. Yeah, I’m…

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Chasing Fear

  I took a break from most everything in life recently, and studied for my real estate broker exam. It was worth it….I passed. 🙂   Taking a break from everything is a bit of an exaggeration. The laundry, groceries and cleaning did not patiently wait for me to return. Nor did the children’s hungry…

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Soundtracks

It’s not silly to mourn the loss of an artist whom I never knew. The artist known as “Prince” died yesterday. Today I am listening to his music non stop, all day long. I am mourning this man I never personally knew….and I think it makes sense. I’m not literally grieving the person….I’m grieving a…

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Mom’s Faithful Table

It’s about six feet long, four feet wide, made of a sturdy, old formica….and it knows all of my secrets. If mom’s kitchen table could talk, I’d be in big trouble. It’s edges are lovingly worn from our elbows leaning, and our hands running across the smoothness as we share our hearts. My mother and…

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Solitide? No Thanks

Extroverts suck at taking alone time. I can only speak of my own experiences, and that’s how it is for this extrovert. Due to my midlife crisis and constant confusion about what I want to be when I grow up….I thought a weekend alone in the city would be just what the doctor ordered –…

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I Was Toast

I recently wrote about my love for concerts, so now you have to hear about my “first time.” Two flat chested, big haired, 15 year olds dropped off by our mothers at The Metro Center in Rockford, IL to see Bon Jovi. (you know you loved Slippery When Wet!) Our moms were good sports. They…

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Vinyl, Concerts, and Screaming

After countless concerts throughout my life, I have come to the conclusion that dancing and screaming to live music is absolutely my favorite past time. Over the weekend I went to see Barry Manilow. I know what you’re thinking….not exactly a crowd to rock out to. I assumed it would be a nice sit and…

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Looking For An Excuse

  Well I am a mess of emotions these days. Last night my 13 year old daughter asked me how long before I leave for flight attendant training. I said three weeks. She then went up to her room, and came back down a minute later to tell me it was actually 18 days. The child…

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Paralyzing Choices

Sometimes it’s hard being a woman. (but not in the way Tammy Wynette claimed) In some ways the world is our oyster, and in others it’s a big, confusing boat full of too many options. Many of us are wives, mothers, working mothers, stay at home moms, home educators, writers, artists, friends, new moms beginning…

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Ahhh…..The Simple Things

I am currently enjoying a fabulous Italian, red wine. I have been putting off opening it because it is such a lovely bottle….which is silly for many reasons. I bought it recently when visiting one of my favorite towns, Galena, Illinois. On a whim one dreary Saturday afternoon, I asked my husband if we could load…

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