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Olympic-size Lessons

I love watching the Olympics.  As a former athlete, I can understand and admire the years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice of those who have attained this level of achievement.  The back stories give us a glimpse into the daily lives of these amazing competitors and shed a bit of light, however brief, on what these boys and girls, […]

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Cue the Rocky Balboa Theme Song

I have been silent for quite some time now.  There are times in life when, despite our best efforts, we sink below the surface, unable to tread water, no longer willing to keep our hearts and minds in hopeful expectation of better days.  I remember reading once, in some self-help book, that we humans are moved to change our lives […]

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I’m not ready…

My daughter will, in five short days, board a flight to Ghana, solo.  I’m not ready.  Ok, maybe I’d never be ready, but, I mean, really, Ghana?  I remember the first time she flew solo from our home in San Jose to her father’s home in Sacramento.  She was 11, maybe.  It seems like yesterday…the nervousness, the sweaty palms, the […]

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The curse of the double-wide stroller…

Disneyland is, of course, the happiest place on earth.  My daughter and I just spent two days roaming the vastness that is Disneyland and California Adventure as a celebratory march into her 16th year of life.  There is something about this place that brings back that childhood joyousness and innocence, nudges us to let go of all things stressful and painful, […]

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Casualties of War

Whoever it was that said you cannot have a war if only one person is fighting was dead wrong.  Or had never experienced the nightmare of divorce, with children.  I have been divorced for over a decade.  My kids were 2 and 9 at the time.  It was hell on earth for those first few years and I prayed for […]

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No longer a family…

It’s a funny thing, this parenting journey.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into but, then again, who does?  I hadn’t planned my entrance into the world of motherhood when I found myself pregnant, but I was certainly old enough and financially capable enough to start a family.  And so I did.  And, oh, how it rocked […]

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One last goodbye…

My much-beloved aunt is dying.  We are all here, at the hospital, gathering, fussing, hovering.  We have come from near and far because of our intense love for this force of a woman and because we cannot fathom that she is actually leaving us.  For as long as I can remember, my aunt has been the glue that holds this […]

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Yes, sir, dad, sir!

Today is Memorial Day, that hallowed day of the year that we, grateful citizens of these United States, formally honor those men and women who have died while serving in the US military.  By the early morning hours, there were many heartfelt sentiments posted on social media to these men and women, to our cherished veterans, and to those who […]

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Letting go

My mother is 83 years old.  She weighs 75 pounds this week, 7 lbs less than she did five days ago.  Her doctor has said that at 60 pounds, her organs would begin to shut down , so any sudden weight loss means an immediate trip to the ER.  Over the past five years, my poor mother has been in […]

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