Construction, Cookies, and Cannabis

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I’ve told and taught others that the best stories write themselves. I had planned to post something else today. As it often happens in life, I had an unexpected, comical encounter. I must tell you about it! Roof leaks. Mold remediation. Plumbing problems. Pesky termites. Think Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in the movie “The Money Pit.” The past five years have been epic! But we still adore our home, its character, and the love we infuse into it. Our family’s connection is as solid as the concrete walls that support the structure. So why I am listing the woes … Read More

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A Walk In the Woods–Reconnect With Your Path

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Have you ever walked through the woods? If you have not, I encourage you to find the time to do so. Every aspect of nature is entrancing regardless of the climate. It’s relaxing to watch waves wash over sand and shells in a rhythmic motion. It feels like a melodic massage. Gazing at a dark sky illuminated with twinkling stars never ceases to amaze me. But being surrounded by decades and centuries of diverse species of trees is truly awe-inspiring. Nature preserves and local parks provide an ambiance for reflection. When I stroll in these environments, I am intrigued by … Read More

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A Season for Change and Renewal

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Death. It’s a complex concept to digest and understand. Regardless if it happens suddenly or slowly, losing a person is indescribably painful. Whether the cause of death is illness or a if it’s a peaceful exit, there’s a jolt of intense shock and searing sadness. A new normal ensues. I don’t feel we ever “get over” a loss. We adjust to living without the person. Our souls, our emotions slowly acclimate to the absence of a loved one. The life we once knew will never be the same. But today I am not speaking of a physical loss. I am … Read More

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Social Media–Pause Before You Post

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Collective anxiety. Global frenzy. Toxic banter. I am deeply disturbed and rattled by what I read and hear. Have angry and heated exchanges always existed? Of course. Before I continue, I want to be clear that my intention is not to judge nor to censor anyone. As a former journalist, I am clearly a passionate proponent of free speech. And as a writer, editor, and speech therapist, I encourage and embrace all forms of communication! What I am worried about is the negativity that is spreading like mold spores across all types of media. I no longer watch the news … Read More

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BLOGSOMNIA

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Blogsomnia. The frustrating, infuriating, persistent force that flips a switch in my brain. The one that’s supposed to be in the off position at 3 a.m. Yea. You know. As y’all are—hopefully—in a deep sleep (like the rest of my family), I am writing. Blogsomnia won the middle of the night war. At first I blamed the dark chocolate that somehow made its way into my mouth at 10 p.m. I have no idea how this happened! All I remember is I was suddenly thirsty from the homemade fondue on my tongue. Perhaps it was the healthy, 80 percent dark … Read More

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A Belated Blog–Better Late Than Never!

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It’s nearly 9 p.m. My brain is barely functioning. My entire being is swirling and soaring with unprocessed emotions. Honestly? I almost skipped this week’s post. But  my 13-year-old daughter just reminded and encouraged me to write. She said, “Mommy. You have to! You made a promise to post every Sunday eve. Just do it now!” And just minutes ago, my extraordinary friend and internationally published author, Laura Duksta, reached out on Facebook. She said, “I came looking for your newest post and looks like you may be taking a break for the New Year…” Thank you from my heart, … Read More

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Izzy–My Healing Pup

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I often ponder the contrasting moments of the human journey. A person lost a family member only months before a wedding. A hurricane dismantled and destroyed a city. Then its inhabitants repaired broken homes and hearts with communal kindness. A friend was in your life for only a short while but years later you realize why. Yes. I have experienced all of the above scenarios and much more about which I will write in future blogs. Today I wanted to introduce you to Izzy. My compassionate canine. No, he is not a therapy dog, although I’ve seriously considered taking him … Read More

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Great Auntie Irma–Who Invited You?

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Palm trees are lurching and leaning as their strong, thick roots keep them alive. Debris is flying past my window and rain is slamming against the glass like torrential tears. The wind is increasing—I hear banging, knocking, and other sounds that are foreign and frightening. It’s ironic that just last Sunday I posted about “Houston, Harvey and Heroes.” And now I am sharing what is transpiring in my own hometown. I am blessed that we still have power. I am grateful for our old, but rock solid home. I am with my husband, my children, my dogs and thank goodness … Read More

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Houston, Harvey and Heroes

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I am in South Florida right now. I’m feeling inexplicably grateful for the scorching, sweltering September Sunday. That sounds kinda bizarre, right? We rarely go to the beach, which is evident by my pale skin. (My friends in college actually called me Snow White!). But today we headed east. My husband suggested we go to the boardwalk and stop at the organic market. And I am so glad he did. My daughter rollerbladed, my husband ran, and my son and I walked together. I detest the heat and humidity. I know. How in the world am I a native Floridian! … Read More

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The Back-to-School Hangover!

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Summer break is over. It’s as if it never happened. Like a car shifting gears, all parents (at least in South Florida) are revving up for the academic year. I hear constant comments such as, “Can you believe the kids are going back to school” and “Where does the time go?” Some mommies and daddies are leaving their darling toddlers at preschool for the first time. Other parents are sending their children to college. My kids are entering 7th and 10th grade. And I feel like I have a back-to-school hangover! Can anyone relate? Caffeine has become my new best … Read More

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