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Aging Gracefully??

I wish I knew what that meant, to age gracefully. Honestly, I think this is meant for the 1%-ers who actually look better as they get older, who gain an almost unfathomable aura of regal-ness, those fortunate few who look glorious in their golden years with wafts of soft, elegant white hair and refined wrinkles (not too many, mind you!) […]

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Be Brave

My daughter and I like to shop. As hobbies go, I don’t recommend it. It doesn’t provide a ton of aerobic exercise and it’s hard on the wallet. It’s not even all that successful in curing that most potent of human disease – boredom. But I digress. The other day, my daughter and I were…stamping out a little boredom…when she […]

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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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