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Rub Out The Idiocy

Two things that make my skin crawl are kangaroos and the sheer, embarrassing, idiocy sweeping our great nation. While I never thought I’d be faced with these two particular skin crawlers in the same moment, life has surprised me again. One kangaroo and one college joined forces to present such an occasion during Freshman Orientation. […]

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The Dog Who Taught me

dog taught me

I’m glad it hurts. I’m glad my heart is splitting open as a familiar presence takes hold, for the depth of this pain is a true reflection of the love she’s shown me for over 14 years. Even now, as I carry her from the truck into the vet, she finds the strength to lift […]

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Gary Sinise Gets His Star

Hollywood doesn’t always get it right, but now it has; Gary Sinise’s star has been added to the Walk of Fame. If ever a person was not just a celebrity but a star, it would be Gary Sinise. His on-screen performances are noteworthy, indeed, but it is what this star does with his free time that […]

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Never Apologize for Patriotism

Stop apologizing for being patriotic. Just stop it. You have nothing to apologize for. When did this happen, this national shaming? Who says we must lay down our own patriotism in order to to truly embrace our refugees or immigrants? Recently, students at an Iowa high school wore red white and blue attire to a […]

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Five Tips the Most Discouraged Singles Can Use to Find Mr. Right

Five Tips Even the Most Discouraged Singles Can Use to Find Mr. Right

Men are everywhere. Tall men. Short men. Fit men. Fat men. Smart men and not-so smart men. Smooth, awkward, shy, outgoing and so many other different kinds of men. Meeting men is something women do every day, whether it’s some guy at the gas station, a new co-worker, our child’s teacher, and so on. So […]

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How Tony Orlando Helped a Stubborn Widow

Tony Orland Sky Ball Veterans

Eleven years after my husband died, Tony Orlando helped me realize what had taken me so long to find peace. It took me much longer than I’d hoped it would to find solid footing in life after my husband was murdered by a fellow soldier. I told myself I was doing better than many people […]

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June 8 Anniversary – Again

  Anniversaries are supposed to be happy occasions. Once upon a time, they used to be. But now I have come to cringe when I hear that word. It just reminds me of how much I loved celebrating being married and how much it hurts that I will never get to celebrate with my husband […]

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Memorial Day Tribute

Memorial Day

I have seen a great many posts about Memorial Day by people from all walks of life. Some post about their vacation plans or their BBQ plans or their beach plans. Others post their tributes to loved ones lost in wars. While it stings to hear the former- people who seemingly consider nothing more to […]

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Another Vietnam Veteran Leaving His Mark On Our Lives

Anyone who knows me, knows of the soft spot in my heart for our Vietnam Veterans. Since Lou left for Iraq, and in the 11 years since he’s been gone, Vietnam Veterans have played a pivotal part in our lives and the lives of so many other families like ours. Some have come in and […]

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It’s Okay to Cry….

…. Sometimes, it’s okay to cry. Sometimes it’s even necessary, to be able to function.  Here is one such instance: It’s just a band concert. Just a trip to the school to sit in the audience while the kids perform. No big deal, right? Not in my world. The last time a school concert was […]

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