Category: Parts of Speech

Getting good at giving thanks

“Gratitude is good medicine.” —Robert A. Emmons A glass vase nearly full of small strips of paper sits on our piano. The pieces, holding this year’s memories, are folded up into small squares. We started this tradition a couple of years ago. It begins at 12 a.m. January 1 and ends at 11:59:59 on Dec. 31. In between those bookends, […]

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Should we know everything?

“Amma admitted what we already knew: She doesn’t like soccer after all. She explained that there was just too much kicking. I asked if she’d like to stop playing and she said no, she would continue on valiantly because of the snacks. I thought this made for a pretty decent philosophy. Life: lots of scary kicking made bearable by snacks.” […]

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Listening to what my gut says

“Ditching the crap is such a relief. For me, it’s freed up quite a bit of time and emotional space to think about what really does matter. In the spirit of making it count.” —Lisa Sadikman, scarymommy.com What could be better than knowing deserving family members, at this very moment, are experiencing the joy and beauty of their first baby? […]

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Distractions have positive side

“Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.” —Adam Hochschild An epidemic is among us. (Most of us, anyway.) Distrac­tion is a drug of choice. It’s the leading cause of sitting in a chair for two hours before typing word one of a column. It’s the leading cause of laundry setting in the dryer and homework not getting done before 10 […]

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Cracks invite light, and snakes

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen I love Leonard Cohen’s words. He’s the kind of writer who appears at all the right times; easily reaching in and touching a part of your heart, leaving you seen, validated and understood. How much truth there is in his words: “There is a crack in […]

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Be faithful in the little things

“Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est.” (What is a little thing is just a little thing. But to be faithful in a little thing is a great thing.) —St. Augustine, translation by Msgr. Charles Pope Jeans either fit or they don’t. Like a lot of things. This was proven to me by a column I […]

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Not every transition is smooth

“I’d walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it’s dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because my hair.” —Ryan Reynolds via Twitter The school year has begun and I have moved my daughter to college. Another parenting first. Nailed it. *High five.* As new as this all was, I couldn’t help but feel […]

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Small moments, big memories

“Eat the cookie, buy the shoes. Give yourself permission to lighten up.” —Joyce Meyer I spent $18 on four cupcakes. It hurts to admit. But what do you do when you’re on vacation and wander into a cool hipster cupcake shop with exposed brick walls and open doors? Practice self control? Sure. Actually the entire area surrounding the bakery was […]

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Music: Language of memory

“Every life has a soundtrack. There is a tune that makes me think of the summer I spent rubbing baby oil on my stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. There’s another that reminds me of tagging along with my father on Sunday morning to pick up the New York Times. There’s the song that reminds me of using a […]

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Our age compared to what?

I thought it was cool when I figured out that I am half as old as Hillsboro. After the Independence Day festivities on TV and elsewhere, when they kept talking about our country’s 241st birthday, I figured if you are 80 years old plus four months, you are one third as old as the United States. • When we put […]

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