The words hit me like a slap in the face. My son looked me square in the eye and said, “Please stop sending suggestions. We want to do this ourselves.” He was talking about his and his fiancee’s upcoming move to Vermont, and he was right. When Tattoo first announced he was moving, my husband and […]

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When I was young, I wasn’t what you’d call particularly ambitious. I was raised by a very traditional family. If my mom wanted more than to be a good wife and mother, she didn’t say so out loud. She considered work outside the home as something a woman did to help make ends meet. As […]

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It’s been 22 days since I started my social media sabbatical.  With only two exceptions (Tattoo’s engagement and Intrigue author Paula Grave’s death) I have not been on Facebook or Twitter.  I’ll confess I did stay on Snapchat until January 4, but that was to follow my son and his fiancé’s vacation photos.  I logged […]

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Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;  But there’s half-a-hundred ripples Circling on and on and on….  (James W. Foley 1874-1939) I’m a big believer in the ripple effect – that like a stone tossed in a pond, one person’s action can build upon itself to have enormous ramifications. […]

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There’s a jar on my windowsill that I call the gratitude jar. I stole the idea from Facebook. (If you can call lifting an idea posted on Facebook as stealing.) Anyway, throughout the year, I’ve stuffed little notes in the jar reminding me of the many blessings in my life. Some are simple like “I’m […]

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