Routine


I’m sitting on a stool, in front of my desktop computer, staring at a blank screen.  Actually, that’s not completely accurate.  This morning the computer monitor is adorned with pencil scribbles that cover most of the right half of the screen, compliments of my toddler.  Her innate curiosity and creativity compelled […]

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‘Tis the Season


I have done my very best to instill in my children that Christmas so much more than a day to get lots of presents.  That’s not to say that we don’t decorate the house, hang our stockings and adorn our freshly-cut Christmas tree with ribbons and sentimental ornaments.  It doesn’t mean […]

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Tending Your Garden


The woman knelt carefully over the tiny seedling, recently sprouted from the rich earth.  It was an unexpected blessing in her garden, as she didn’t plant those seeds.  Nonetheless, the woman’s kind, sunkissed hands gently caressed the green leaves, wiping away stray pieces of dirt and debris.  She smiled, as the […]

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Rear View Mirror


Driving offers a deluge of opportunities for reflection.  I came to that rather unremarkable conclusion during a recent drive home to Pittsburgh.  Funny, how I still refer to my parents’ house as “home,” even though I have my own home now, in addition to my own family.  But I digress. Sometimes […]

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To Remember Each Other


She looked down at the frayed piece of cream-colored yarn nestled up against her wedding ring on her left hand and smiled.  To remember each other, he had said, blue eyes twinkling.  As if she could forget, for even one breath, the little boy who had stolen her heart. Three […]

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Rituals


“She’s up!  She’s up!” My husband’s whispered shout yanked me fiercely from a glorious –albeit brief– and solid sleep.  I bolted upright in bed, threw my legs over the edge and dashed across the hall to check on our 15-month old daughter. I followed the tinkling of baby babble to the […]

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Gratitude


“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” -Author Unknown I’m ashamed to say, I take things for granted.  Every day.  Going to the grocery store, where there’s food stacked as far as the eye can see…freely surfing the internet for information […]

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Loving Your Neighbor


“We are hard-wired to help others.”  The priest’s words elicited nods of agreement from nearly everyone present in our small church yesterday.  I thought of my own desire to help people, having developed personal projects to help veterans, soldiers, nursing home residents and children.  Even the smallest among us wants to offer […]

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Letting it Happen


You can learn one of life’s endless lessons anytime…anywhere.  One of my favorite parenting lessons comes from Disney’s Finding Nemo.  The movie features Nemo, a young clown fish with one bad fin, and his over-protective father, Marlin.  On Nemo’s first day of school, he wanders too far out of the protection of the reef […]

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Short and Sweet


As I unwrap that mouthful-sized morsel from its foil sheath, the wrapper crinkles and releases the promise of a sweet surprise.  The heady scent tantalizes the virtual tastebuds in my mind. Inhaling the deep, dark essence, I pop the truffle into my mouth, hungrily.  You don’t “nibble” a truffle.  You […]

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