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Wintertime Fresh Air: Innertubing!

Our kids were getting cabin fever. It’s not like they’re never outside, what with FootGolf, tennis, and other activities. Antsiness (is that a word?) has been in the air since the realization of Thanksgiving’s approach is on the horizon, with our second son’s 18th birthday happening the day before that. The four teens needed to…

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Monday Mottoes – #65

Personal change and transformation. It’s not a message that everyone can hear, since change takes exertion. The seasons morph and transform effortlessly as fall slowly gives way to winter. But people? More of an uphill battle to change, yet worth it. The feelings of empowerment and accomplishment after-the-fact loom large, particularly if the modifications are…

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45 Minutes for Moi—I Did It

You would think I had said I was jetting off to have tea with the Queen of England. Everyone stopped in their tracks. Jaws dropped. Another tried to highjack the car. Only one sent me a virtual high-five text from work. I was going out to exercise on my own. Used to do it with…

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A Clean House… with No More “Stuff”

The younger you are, the more impressive things/ possessions/ collections are. I think I could start a few museums with all of my “stuff”, and that’s a good idea, because museums are for collections. In a house, in a life, it tends to overwhelm. I’m tiring of stuff, of noise, of nonsense. My eyes linger…

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An Adoptive Child with Brain Damage

Big brain damage we can spot a mile away, but slight brain damage… it’s a tricky thing. You might think that your adopted child is being difficult. And she is. But it might not be her fault entirely. Such is life with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Unless a child is severely affected and you’ve made the…

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The Adopted Child Behaviors

This, too, shall pass. Or, will it? Whole lotta adoptive parents asking the same questions. Is this normal toddler, adolescent, or teen behavior… or is it deep-seated and deep-rooted? Will it hinder or hold back the child… for life? Could be the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) from a birth mother who drank. Might…

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What Colors Say About You

Are there certain colors that you simply don’t wear? Or, are you willing to try any shade as long as you feel in the mood for it? I may be coloristically (is that a word?) schizo: black… COLOR-!… black… COLOR-! Much of it depends on my outlook for the day, not that bright means I’m…

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Not Created for Crumbs

I met a lovely lady the other night. An immigrant with a beautiful accent, demeanor, and personage, she had a young son attending the best schools, very cultured and polite. The friend who introduced us smiled and raised her eyebrows, nodding in my direction. It was The Sign: the woman needed help. An expert in…

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Me and My Gal Pals

Friends can literally make or break a person’s life. Sure, we’re all strong and semi- self-sufficient, but when push comes to shove, having a friend who cares makes all the difference. The other night, my gal pals and I got together. Excitement, chatter, and lots of smiles prevailed. Some came straight from work, others brought…

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Monday Mottoes – #54

Some people are active during the summer. They swim, boat, toss horseshoes, waterski, picnic and barbeque. Oh, sorry—those last two eating events snuck in there by accident. Back to bikeriding, rollerblading, skateboarding, and jogging along the beach or hiking in the hills. Me? Eh. I try to stay out of the sun by baking cookies….

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