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When life gets you down (Remembering what really counts)

The alarm shatters the morning darkness and all I can see is the soft glowing light from the street lamps outside.  I rise and wake my daughter.  School uniforms, laid out across a chair, are pulled on slowly.  The dog nuzzles her nose against my leg.  Barrettes snap into small braids and faces are washed […] Read more…

How to focus on the one thing that matters

Many years ago, when the summer winds blew through our willow tree, my daughter would sit outside with a piece of paper and paintbrushes and begin her work. Reds, blues, and yellows swirled together on the blank sheet in front of her, soaking into the paper, dripping off the sides onto the grass. Her artwork […] Read more…

The Gift of Generosity

It was just another day for the waitress working at the restaurant, another day of standing until her feet hurt, picking up dirty dishes, and carrying trays of food.  There was an unpaid bill hanging over her head, the one from the electric company that said they would shut off her power tomorrow if she […] Read more…

What to do when you’re Stuck

It was a few weeks ago during the big snowstorm when I saw the van spinning its wheels—the one stuck on the slick road, stopped at a red light going slightly uphill. The snow on the road had been plowed to any icy sheen so when the light turned green, the van could not get […] Read more…