Here in the US, Memorial Day has come and gone, the days are getting longer, the nights are sweet and warm, and our thoughts turn to summer. Yesterday I spent the day with family on the lake in our kayaks. You might be imagining a vigorous day of paddling, and that can be fun sometimes…

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So, there I was, the new girl again, sitting alone in the cafeteria, trying to act like I didn’t care that no one wanted to eat lunch with me, or even let me sit at their table. At the time, “I don’t care” was the best solution I could come up with to protect myself…

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Our daughter Ally was four years old, and it was Christmas Eve. The stockings were hung (on the chair – no chimney in our little basement apartment). The cookies were baked, carefully arranged on a plate, and set out for Santa with a glass of milk and a letter (and a carrot for the reindeer).…

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It’s an extreme understatement to note that this has been a very unusual year. We’re not sure how the rest of you in the US decided to celebrate (or not celebrate) the Thanksgiving holiday, but we started in October. Yep, over a month early, and the festivities continue with no end in sight! Hey, gratitude…

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Have you talked with a teen lately?    I had the privilege of talking with a wonderful 16-year-old this week. She said, “I won’t be able to vote for the president for four more years, but what happens now has a big impact on me anyway.”    Powerful words of wisdom from one so young.…

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Several years ago, our little granddaughter, Alicia, spent the night with us. When she awoke the next morning, she looked at me and said, “I had the worst nightmare ever last night!” Alicia was seven years old, so I was very interested in what her “worst nightmare ever” could be.   She dreamed she was…

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