Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It’s natural to be want to be right. There is something about walking out life on a platform where ¬†your word and thoughts are set out for the world to read. Ideas come from research or personal experience, either way, that’s what this writing thing is about. It’s about sharing ideas and expressing thoughts to evoke change or at the least inspire. At least for me that has been my hope. When Mother’s Day rolls around every year my feelings morph and flow out onto my pages. They often resonate with those who agree with me. For those who don’t

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Kindness for Kids: Putting an End to the R-Word

Kindness for Kids: Putting an End to the R-Word

I don’t know any parent who doesn’t at some level want to raise their children to be quality individuals. We want them to be smart, funny and loved. More than anything I hope you want them to be kind. But kindness isn’t something you can’t teach, it has to be learned and what we want them to learn, we must model with actions. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that words aren’t important, they’re vital. Even more than the words we say to our children, it’s the words we say around our children. Our words and deeds towards others shape

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When Strength Wears Thin

When Strength Wears Thin

Russ has been gone for ten days. I’ve had great plans for catching up on some things. >I need to finish my Disaster Relief Training so I can get certified. >Last autumn I bought supplies to redo my folding chairs. They are still sitting in the garage. >The upstairs couch needs to be cleaned. >Projects in the craftroom are making it almost impossible to close the craftroom door. >Coffee and Dinner dates with friends. >Keep Allison and Maximus alive. Bonus if they are relatively happy. Apparently I work my lists backwards because that’s the only one that is done. When

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The Value of Size and What is Normal?

Growing up, I always wanted to be a size 8. That was the number of beauty back then and being beautiful gave you value. The last time I saw that size was the summer after sixth grade when my body took off without me. We had moved to Maine. No longer living in the Southern California neighborhood, but a rural forest with few friends. We stayed inside most of the year. Who gets to decide that if our bodies turn out a certain way, we may be deemed beautiful? As I ate and grew, I had no idea what was

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Snap, Post, Share or Put it Down

Sometimes it happens on accident, but recently it’s become intentional. Either way it leaves me moments that are mine alone as well as sharing memories with someone by my side. In the age of social media, I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to over-sharing. I love a good Instagram or Tweet. Last Friday night we had friends over to celebrate Allison’s big accomplishment of leaving the school she has been at for nine years to enter Roseburg High in the fall. I handed my camera to a friend who always gets the good shots. She knows

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