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Confessions of a Muscle Affected by a Neuromuscular Disease:

I will give you strong days and I will give you days full of fatigue when you will feel like I’ve strapped a 50 lb. weight to your arms.  I will never tell you in advance what kind of day tomorrow will be…it’s part of my charm.  I will teach you patience. I will get […]

It’s Not All Good…and That’s Not Always Bad

I’ve spent a lot of time over the years asking why bad things happen.  And they do.  They just do.  It’s a fact of life, and unfortunately for us, it’s not a question of “if,” but a question of “when.”  If you haven’t read “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold S. Kushner, […]

A Nod to Halloween

Boo!  Did I scare you? In light of the upcoming holiday, I’d like to talk a little about fear.  But how can you talk about fear without discussing courage? I’ve learned that Google is a writer’s best friend, and there are a lot of great quotes about fear and courage, like this one…”Real courage is […]

Elephant In the Room

Children make things acceptable.  I met a little girl, probably about six years old, yesterday at Target.  The weather in Texas was a rare 40 degrees and it had everyone in the holiday shopping spirit and so all of Austin was out at Target shopping for Christmas lights and gifts. Like everyone else, my daughter […]

A Miracle a Day

Albert Einstein said, “there are two ways to live; you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Walt Whitman said, “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” Amen, brothers. During this season of miracles, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on whether […]

Lighten-Up!

I believe in the wisdom in the words of others.  There are thousands (ok, who am I kidding – millions) of people, past and present, who are much smarter than me and I often look to their words when I am searching for inspiration for my own writing.  Today, I found this: “There are years […]

I Want Your Body

It’s the age-old complaint. As a woman, it’s hard enough to live in a society full of standards no real woman can live up to…the ads, the movies, the pop stars. Images are everywhere that have been air-brushed and made-up until they’re better than perfect. A lot of women I know go through life spending […]

Patience is a Virtue

In all areas of my life at the moment, the biggest quality I lack is patience. For whatever reason (that frustrates me to no end), stuff that matters takes a really, really long time…promotions, projects, weight loss…so I decided to delve into the very phrase below and deconstruct it’s parts. Enjoy! P – Perseverance is […]

It’s a Wonderful Life…Really.

Today is June 1st. Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is Christmas. I’m a bit of a Christmas nut and one of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” If you’re not familiar with this movie…shame on you. Don’t wait until December. It’s too good – go now. NOW, and watch it. […]

Christmases Past

Hope.  Without looking it up in Webster’s, my own simple definition is “the belief that what you desire most can happen.”   It can be a hard thing to have in the face of adversity…something we all have our own brand of.  When you experience disappointment, hardship or tragedy (or all of the above!), the easy […]

What I Know for Sure

Are you ready?  I’m going to give you the magic.  I’m about to tell you the secret of life.  Wait for it.  After years of living, after thousands of wonderful moments and millions of mistakes.  In all my infinite wisdom, this is what I know for sure…I have a lot to learn. What’s even more, […]

What Instead?

Processing disappointment is not my favorite thing to do, but I’ll tell you what, I am a fan of what it has to teach you. I was disappointed today.  There are degrees of disappointment and this was not a small one.  My first instinct was to cry.  To get angry.  To fight it and to […]

An Ode to Mascara

We finally met when I was 15, and you made me feel pretty.  I had watched you from afar for so long, but it was forbidden.  You were a fascination, but once I was old enough, it was as good as I thought it would be… I was self-conscious, and shy, and awkward.  My physical […]

My REAL Shoe Size

I bought this great pair of boots yesterday.  Super-cute.  I needed something I could wear with short dresses in Fall or Winter, and these are smashing.  Black, suede, very slightly rounded toe, two-and-a-half-inch heel, buckles on the side.  Can't wait to wear them!  OH, and it's the end of boot season, folks, so yes...ON SALE! […]

Not ‘It’…!

Victim. It's a big word, and not a word that can be discussed (anywhere NEAR) completely in a five to eight paragraph blog post, but it's a word that's been on my heart for a minute, so I thought I'd share some of what I've been noodling on. I like to look up definitions of […]

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