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Tumbled Polished Beauty

Tumbled Polished Beauty

I spent some time walking along the waters edge today, feeling the sand squish between my toes and pull away with the tide. Connecting with the ocean, however brief it may be, always has me curling up inside like a snail in her shell, wanting to be alone and quiet. I am always scanning the…

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How to sleep with an elbow in your ear

How to sleep with an elbow in your ear

AKA: sleeping with you kid while home for the holidays. We have been home at mom’s for 5 days and I have had to develop some strategies to deal with the teeth grinding, double leg covers kick off, the infamous “star” shape in the middle of the bed, and, as demonstrated above, the horizontal shuffle.…

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Monsters don’t like pink

Monsters don’t like pink

Mina called from her dad’s today to talk about monsters. It seems that after 2 years, they have decided to come in and take up residence by her bedroom door at night. Her father is back from Turkey for a short time, so she has been spending an extended period of time there this week.…

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Life Lessons for my Little

Life Lessons for my Little

Learning how to say how you feel and explain it in a way others can understand is hard. It is a lesson Mina is learning this week. Her dad is coming back soon after about 5 weeks in Turkey and the proposed visitation schedule is not what Mina had anticipated. At first, I wanted to…

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Welcome to Wonderland

Welcome to Wonderland

“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and…

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A New Scary

Mina and I knew this day would come for a couple of months now, but it was an abstract concept with no date attached to it. Somehow that seemed to render it not so real…yet. The date is set. Friday, Mina’s dad begins his sabbatical in Turkey for the next few months and life shifts…

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Bones and Boxing

It has been about 2 weeks since I went back to Kickboxing. Reactions of my new exercise choice ranged from surprise to concern from friends and family. Surprise because it didn’t seem to fit the image they had of me in their head; Concern because of my hip condition: Avascular Necrosis of the femoral head.…

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Your value isn’t a $$ sign

Your value cannot be measured in dollars and cents. What you provide to others is immeasurable and incalculable. You are important and loved because you have so much love to give. But, you see, I know you because I am you. I can see into those thoughts that de-value your self worth and belittle your…

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