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The Fishing Pond and the Secret of an Abundant Life

The Fishing Pond and the Secret of an Abundant Life

As is likely the case for many of us, my upbringing included a strong emphasis on the notion of limitations. For much of my early life I accepted the “truth” that there was a finite amount of such commodities as love, recognition and happiness without ever challenging...

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Mirror, Mirror, Who’s the Oldest of Them All?

Mirror, Mirror, Who’s the Oldest of Them All?

They say you should never believe your own press, that you are neither as great nor as awful as any particular source deems you to be. I just had that lesson slap me in the face. Hard. Some of the young women—in their 20s and 30s—from my adult ESL class hung around...

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The Give and Take of Life: Unexpected Friendships

The Give and Take of Life: Unexpected Friendships

The older I get, the more clearly I see—through my new trifocals—that life really is a give-and-take proposition, often with equally unsatisfactory results. For example, life giveth plantar fasciitis and taketh away fashionable footwear. Conversely, life taketh away...

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

My father, my sister and I enjoyed a close familial relationship, but we also shared a bond that went beyond our bloodline, a commonality we didn’t so much celebrate as endure. We each had an intense dislike of our given names. In a world chock full of Toms, Dicks and...

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Giving a Hoot–A Final Farewell From My Sister

Giving a Hoot–A Final Farewell From My Sister

I’m not what you’d call a nature girl. While I appreciate the beauty of the natural world, I feel no need to camp out in it or get parts of it directly on me. A “back-to-nature” retreat to me means having fresh-cut flowers on the table beside my soaking tub. My older...

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Happy Birthday, Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom

My parents were born exactly two years and one week apart. My mom was the older woman, so scandalous! Last Thursday would have been my dad's 97th birthday and I reprinted some excerpts about him from my book My Pineapples Went to Houston. Today would have been my...

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