"Words" is Tammy's authentically crafted blog, published weekly here and on her Facebook Page, Tammy Ann Winn.  May you be inspired!

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Grateful, Not Guilty 

I have motherhood moments that transport me back in time to my own mother’s care for me.  Vividly I can recall my perception of her at specific moments in time, surrounding an event or stage of life.  She was steady…

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Pause and Listen 

A few things took the wind out of my sails recently.  Each one individually wasn’t so bad but when accumulated they were enough to topple my optimism. As a believer in the power of the mind, however, I tried to…

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Made Vulnerable 

I think I can speak for most people I know when I say we all have fears. Some of us feel afraid only once in a while.  Others entertain some form of angst daily.  Regardless of how often, if you’re…

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Raise the Bar 

Recently I went to see a specialist to follow up on a non-urgent matter.  This doctor was recommended to me so I went in assuming I was in good hands.  Shortly into the appointment, however, I was shocked by how…

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Trust Followed By Joy 

Sometimes things we desperately want in life don’t come at the pace we prefer, or in the form we wish, or perhaps seemingly at all.  Yet we routinely make our requests known to the heavens and hope that the door…

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Here and Now 

The day after my husband left on his work trip he started to feel ill. By the end of the night he had a positive rapid Covid test. So he stayed put and started isolation. Back home we hunkered down…

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A Deep Breath 

A few times in recent weeks I’ve had the sensation that I couldn’t get a full inhalation, the kind of deep breath that is restorative.  This was an unusual feeling for me and so it caught my attention.  While this…

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Consequences 

If a petulant child throws a fit and disrupts the big family dinner, kicking and screaming, breaking dishes and so forth… and the parents pull him aside to discipline him… would you say that the parents are dividing the family…

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Reverence and Respect 

Throughout my life I have learned the value of setting some things apart as sacred.  As a child in Catholic grade school I was taught reverence around religious places, things, and rituals.  We genuflected toward the altar and tabernacle, for…

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Addressing Blind Spots

I am fascinated by blind spots.  Not the physical inability to see something, but the psychological unconsciousness that holds hostage our shadow sides — the aspects of ourselves we find antithetical to who we consider ourselves to be or how…

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