In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

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  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of …

In Others’ Words: More Gratitude

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  May you find many reasons to be thankful today. May you take the opportunity to tell others you are thankful for them. And I also hope that you hear others express their gratitude for you. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.  And if this day is woven through with some sadness for you, as can happen during the holidays, know that you …

In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

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There’s nothing quite like family rallying together in a crisis. Yesterday, my family rallied round my almost 99-year-old mother-in-law after she fell in her bathroom and ended up being taken to the emergency room via ambulance — she said the trip wasn’t bad — and then spent the day getting x-rayed and scanned. But they also rallied around one another …

In Others’ Words: Work Hard, Play Hard

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It’s been a “work hard” kind of summer. And then a couple of weeks ago, my husband, youngest daughter, and I took a few days away and ran off to San Diego for a few days. To relax. Catch our breath. And that’s where I took the photo of the tree I used in today’s blog post. Well, the actual …

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

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When I was younger, I thought there was only one way my heart could be broken. I blame my limited thinking on all the Harlequin romances I read as a teenager — and back then, Harlequins were quite innocent. Years later, I know a person’s heart can be broken for many different reasons: the end of a relationship — think of …

In Others’ Words: All is Calm

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As I look into to the coming week, I’m anticipating my son’s arrival home … and my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday on Christmas Eve … and yes, Christmas Day! In an effort to embrace those three little words “All is calm,” I’m taking a break from social media, including my blog, until after the New Year. I’ll see you back …

In Others’ Words: The Glorious Mess of Christmas

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  This quote makes me smile. The words takes me back to my childhood … and to the years when my children were younger. And to be honest, there are still messes created in our family living room on Christmas morning. And I love the glorious mess. Yes, there’s noise — laughter and conversation all mixed together. And the room is …

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

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My daughter CJ has been part of her high school Varsity volleyball team for the past few months. This weekend, my husband and I will be in Denver cheering them on as they compete for the 3A State title. Here’s one thing I’ve learned about the team: Each member knows their place on the team — what their job is, so to speak, as an offensive …

In Others’ Words: Teams and the Power of Game Changers

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Yes, I love football. And yes, I am a Denver Bronco fan — and a Peyton Manning fan too. And, in an exercise of full disclosure, I am also thrilled that Tim Tebow is getting another shot at the NFL. But despite the beginning of this blog, today is not about football. Nope. Today’s post is about teams and about …

In Others’ Words: Ya Gotta Believe

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I had a lot to learn when I became a mom. One way I learned was by watching other moms — seeing what they did, seeing if it worked for them, trying to figure out if it would work for me. Another way I learned was by reading books — lots and lots of books. I underlined, wrote do’s and …