Category Archives: Things I wish I would have known when I was 15.

Parenting: it’s not for the weak.

My thoughts on what makes a good parent has changed much over the years. My mother always told me to never say never when it came to kids, and boy, was she right. I had such grand thoughts before I … Continue reading

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The illusion of perfection

A good friend of mind recently told me that I never seemed to have a hair out of place. “Have you ever had a bad hair day? It’s like perfection 24/7.” I laughed so hard I snorted. “Um…don’t be deceived. … Continue reading

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Blinded by electronics

For all the great things technology can do these days, I can say without a shadow of doubt it is ruining the rising generation’s interpersonal skills. As long their thumbs are doing the talking or they are speaking over a … Continue reading

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Personal space is different for everyone

This week my sixteen-year-old daughter walked into my bathroom and caught my husband giving me a very long, sensual kiss. She acted way more shocked than grossed out. “Whoa, I didn’t know you guys ever did that kind of thing?” … Continue reading

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Being kind even when faced with adversity – it can be done

Over a month ago my youngest son was slapped by another boy in the lunchroom of his junior high. While the incident upset my son he managed to keep enough control over his emotions to not retaliate in the heat … Continue reading

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The importance of obedience

About five years ago our family went on a river rafting trip on the Green River. We entered below the Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah, and for the most part the rapids were pretty mild. Which is a good thing … Continue reading

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The importance of pushing through the hard

Besides working in the world of writing I also teach piano lessons. And, like I’m sure a lot of music teachers can testify, most of my students are beginners. It’s not that beginners are bad it’s just not very challenging … Continue reading

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There is good and bad in all of us

Social media really isn’t fun anymore, is it? I see far more people casting dispersions at each other rather than just enjoying how easy it is to see glimpses of each others’ lives in real time. Somehow, we’ve forgotten one … Continue reading

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Never be too old for playtime

One of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave was their willingness to play with us kids. My dad had wicked night-game skills, he always seemed to be the last one found. My mom tried out all kinds of moves … Continue reading

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Springing a leak

This week was a funny reminder that life doesn’t often happen when it’s convenient and it seldom works out the way we plan. My kitchen faucet sprung a leak. The faucet has an internal hose that attaches to the head … Continue reading

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