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The Seven Cs of Balance

Over a year ago I came up with a time designation method. This is because I had become frustrated that too often my days felt like they went by just digging out of piles or putting out fires. Many stay-at-home…

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Cherishing Today

Occasional sadness is such a normal part of our human experience. We can go through moments of grief when life poses a change we don’t feel ready for or when an expected loss looms. We can encounter whole chapters of…

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Evaluating Values

This week it is my hope that I’ve turned another year wiser. Birthdays, and other occasions that mark the passage of time, often bring forth a period of focused reflection for me. Inevitably I end up sitting with some familiar…

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Swim On ~ A Song

Years ago, when single, I wrote a song called “Swim On,” that plays on the familiar sentiment about there being plenty of fish in the sea. One message of the song is that, while navigating the dating scene in hopes…

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Looking at Leadership

Lately my family and I have been talking about what makes someone a great leader. With all that is in the news these days, this has been a valuable discussion to have, particularly with our daughters. Children often see authenticity…

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Judgements Unpacked

I recall a time, years ago, when I liked to think of myself as nonjudgemental. After all, I get along with most people, I respect various viewpoints, and I value giving others the benefit of the doubt. Then a smart…

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Spirit Unfolding

Seven years ago our family had a streak of five moves in a three year span. From 2012 to 2015, it went something like this: house to apartment, house, apartment, apartment, house. Our daughters were just two years old and…

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Calling Deep ~ A Song

The title track of my last album, “Calling Deep,” is an expression of a journey inward after heartbreaking loss. This journey included confusion, surrender, and sorrow. It also included finding a path to where hope is embedded in the soul…

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Welcome, Summer!

Here, in the Northern Hemisphere, we recently enjoyed the summer solstice, which ushered in the official start of summer at last! Welcome the long, warm days that entice us to venture outside, mingle with neighbors, and embark on activities that…

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Messiness Can Be Beautiful

Five days ago we returned from a road trip vacation where we drove entirely around Lake Michigan, camped half of the time (once in the rain!), and enjoyed adventures that involved two other great lakes, Huron and Superior. It was…

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Choosing A Perspective

The word perspective has a few meanings. One, pertaining to drawing, is to give an accurate impression and location of an item in relation to another, when viewed from a particular point. It also means to look through or closely…

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Like Bing ~ A Song

For this post I’m featuring the song “Like Bing,” in honor of my dad, who died 13 years ago this month. “Like Bing” is a tune that captures my appreciation for the classy era of performers my parents enjoyed and…

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