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Swaddled in a fuzzy, light blue blanket, the baby finally stopped shrieking. His mom’s demeanor shifted from frenzied to relieved. I asked her if she needed help; traveling alone with a little person who wholly depends on the adult is overwhelming. She nodded and exhaled as I opened her stroller. The young woman’s dark hair covered one cheek, and I glimpsed at her infant’s dimples as he smiled at me. I then thought about giving and receiving. Babies not only give love freely but they also receive (and often demand) nurturing with ease. And I suddenly realized how difficult it … Read More

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The Waiting IS the Hardest Part

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It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. Elizabeth Taylor The waiting IS the hardest part. Tom Petty, the late musician, nailed it when he wrote those lyrics. Today I pondered this annoying but inevitable part of life. It causes anxiety. It festers frustration. And it generally gets people agitated. I thought about this topic while waiting to board a plane recently. We spent the additional money on “extra space,” which included allegedly “even more speed.” My husband does NOT like to wait. So while we waited, I … Read More

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My Alarm That Disarmed!

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Has anyone heard the phrase, “ADT! Always there”? I’ve heard it for years. Fortunately, it is often followed by a helpful, friendly human on the other end of the phone. However, I nearly wept with frustration after three alarming conversations in a five hour window!!! It was the night before Thanksgiving. The smell of pie mixed with turkey permeated the house. I joyfully and eagerly anticipated one of my all-time favorite holidays. I somehow fell asleep by 10 p.m., which is unusual for me. Just about a half hour later, we awoke to an obnoxious, repetitive beeping sound. Ugggghhhh. ADT. … Read More

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Grateful For It All

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How do we live a life of gratitude? It is not always easy. To be honest, I think it’s more challenging than we choose to acknowledge. And being grateful is particularly difficult when we are experiencing detours and bumps in our journey. Yet, that is precisely when a grateful mindset is needed the most. One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown. Her words, research, and writing resonate deeply with me. I recently posted one of my favorite quotes: “WHAT SEPARATES PRIVILEGE FROM ENTITLEMENT IS GRATITUDE.” Brene’s statement is, as always, impactful and timely. As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reflecting … Read More

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My Annual Mammo Meeting

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I sat, shivered, and waited for my name to be called. The light pink soft but thin fabric barely covered my chest. Grateful for the white, knee-length robe, I pulled it closer and tighter. I thought about sitting in this exact space years ago. A woman with thick, short dark hair sat across from me. We still cannot recall who said hello first. And it truly doesn’t matter! Diana and I quickly connected. I was still practicing speech therapy at the time; this was more than a decade ago. Why is this important? Within the first few minutes of our … Read More

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Ex”fall”iating and Letting Go With Grace

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Death CAN be beautiful. As I marveled at nature’s masterpiece, these are the words that gently and repeatedly floated through my mind. I gazed at the leaves that lingered on the branches. Red, orange, brown, purple, gold, and green hues formed an abstract rainbow against the pale sky. I continued to walk. The crunching beneath my feet was like a jazz jam session of syncopated beats. Each step sounded different than the one before it. I glanced down and thought about the clear contrast. These leaves were ready. Their time to fall and leave was now. We don’t know, as … Read More

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FLOW

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Do you ever feel “off” but you cannot pinpoint why? Have you sensed a shift in a relationship but there’s no specific reason? I have experienced being out of synch with myself. And I’ve also had moments in which I feel stuck. I thought about the clearest way to describe the peaceful, fluid energy I feel when life is on course. Then I realized this does not require a lengthy explanation. For me, it is about one simple but impactful word: flow. This weekend, I relished every second of a spontaneous staycation with my husband. We decided to go to … Read More

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Frank and Lois–A Forever Love Story

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Empty cardboard boxes and crumpled newspapers littered the floor. I was exhausted, overwhelmed, and wondering why the heck we moved. I shook my head with agitation as I sifted through junk mail. Then I heard an unfamiliar voice. I glanced toward the end of our brown, peeling driveway. Two twinkling eyes beckoned mine. Before we formally met, I sensed such depth and content from this soul. He approached me with a kind smile and outstretched hands. “Hi there! I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Frank. Welcome to the neighborhood.” He then handed me a bottle of champagne. I was flabbergasted … Read More

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Thank You From My Heart to Yours!

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On August 2, 2017 I launched Every Soul Has a Story. What began as a simple blog has morphed into a movement of connection and engagement. Today I want to thank each of you for your readership and more. I committed to myself that I’d write and post weekly. I honestly did not know if I could fulfill this promise! Friday marked the two year blogiversary! With each passing week, my fear of being vulnerable has shrunk, and my courage has expanded. I’ve wanted to be a writer/author since I could speak, which was quite young! I became a speech … Read More

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A Heart Throb, Teens, and Advil! (Please Have Mercy on ME!)

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Freshly washed, shiny, and flat ironed hair swooshed past us. After a few outfit changes, a bit of lip gloss, and a quick dinner, my daughter yelled across the house, “Hurry up please–I don’t want to be late.” In response, I swallowed three Advil along with waves of nausea. She’d been waiting to see Shawn Mendes for more than a year. Zoe loves to sing and has recently taught herself how to play the guitar. We’ve all heard her belting Shawn songs from upstairs. Zoe’s excitement emanated from her; she would finally attend her teen heart throb’s concert!  I wondered … Read More

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