UNMASKED

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Ghoulish costumes and macabre masks will creatively cover Americans on Wednesday. Buckets and bags will overflow with tempting treats as kids celebrate Halloween. We carved pumpkins Sunday with Alec, Zoe, and our amazing aunt. I miss the younger years when the kids zipped like wind-up toys from house to house. I loved to watch Alec and Zoe dump candy on the carpet as they each eagerly counted their collection. I used to tease them and say, “You know Halloween is for adults, too. Don’t forget Daddy likes peanut butter cups, and I love Tootsie Rolls. Make sure to snag a … Read More

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IZZY—HIS SOUL, HIS STORY

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A spontaneous trip to the Humane Society morphed a melancholy moment into unexpected joy. Today I would like you to meet Izzy. He is our compassionate, caring canine. No, he is not a therapy dog, although I’ve seriously considered taking him to a formal class. He is innately a salve for all souls he meets. If you’ve been following Every Soul Has A Story, you may have already become acquainted with Izzy if you read September 2017 blog post, “IZZY—MY HEALING PUP.” https://daralevan.com/izzy-my-healing-pup/ As promised, I am now writing others’ stories, too. And Izzy has impacted not only my life, … Read More

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Hugs Heal the Heart, Soothe the Soul

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If eyes are the window to the soul, hugs are a doorway to the heart. I love hugs. I crave them. And even more than receiving one, I love to wrap my arms around another human and hold them tightly. Hugs have been my way of expressing love, support, and other emotions when words don’t suffice. It’s intriguing, actually, because I did not grow up in a “touchy-feely” home. Yet I cannot imagine my life without hugs. Tight hugs, brief hugs, bring-it-in-delicious hugs. I adore them all! As I wrote last month, I am now sharing others’ stories—every soul has … Read More

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A Flame Lights A Fire

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Every moment matters. I live in the present as much as possible. And I listen to the nudges from the universe. However, when life floods me from all directions, it can be challenging to receive the messages. I have tried to be more mindful and aware of my perpetual tendency be everywhere and everything to everyone. However, I suppose in recent months, I regressed into old “crash and burn/give to depletion” patterns. I did not realize this until a few days ago. The dryer hummed happily as I organized our laundry room. I suddenly heard a jarring, unfamiliar noise from … Read More

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I Will NOT be Deflated

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Do you ever wonder if seemingly insignificant moments mirror our current mood? As many of you know, this past week has been heartbreaking, depleting, devastating, shocking and more. I do not want to focus on those emotions today. I am trying, along with my incredible family, to begin the healing process. I have experienced such concrete representations of what transpires in life. And this weekend, I realized it is time to share that with you. Last night, my husband as usual was checking the tire pressure. Thank goodness our hang-ups are balanced and diverse! I could care less about having … Read More

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