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    An attitude of gratitude

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    Mama always said I lived a charmed life--things just had a way of working out in my favor. In the case of my position as a graphic artist at the Victoria Advocate for six and a half years, I wasn't ...

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    Just wait. It gets better.

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    My life felt a little stale. Day after day after day--same ol' same ol'. And then I got sick. As I lay in bed coughing and blowing through a box of kleenex I realized, too late, that ANYTHING was better ...

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    Holidays and hope

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    Grief surprises me now and then when I'm reminded that both of my parents, who I loved so much, are gone. I, like everyone else who has ever lost a loved one, feel this loss even more so during the ...

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    Christmas isn't the same without kids

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    My kids when they were younger. Left to right in perfect stair-step: Jeremy, Bob, Janine and Christopher. The other day, while talking to my husband, I bemoaned the fact that all of our children and grandchildren live so far from ...

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    Undeliverable: LOVE

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    Today my husband came across an old email my Mom had sent to me and I had forwarded to him back in 2008. He forwarded the email back to me so I could see it again. It was good to ...

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    Meditate on this

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    For me, meditation is hard-- I have this chatty voice going non-stop in my head that distracts me from any sense of peace. Or maybe I shut the voice off for a moment only to realize that I've just veered ...

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    Do it now

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    The other day, someone posted a message on Facebook that said, "Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never." There's another colorful and coarse saying-- "$&#@ or get off the pot." Basically the same message, but the second one seems a ...

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    John F. Kennedy goes bust, teaches a humbling lesson

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    Video shows J.F.K. taking shape with colored pencils Click link to view Robert's turn at pushing Sculpy around. Our coffee table drawing area. The white box hanging from the light above held the time-lapsed camera. Saturday's progress. The anniversary of ...

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    Checking out Goose Island

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    Note: I wrote this blog months ago, but I think it might help anyone who's considering camping at Goose Island. The Big Tree It was a glorious Saturday, perfect for camping. The air was cool and it was slightly windy ...

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    I love you just the same

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    My Dad passed away April 23, 2010, but before he left I got to know him like I never had before. He came to live with us here in Victoria after my Mom died. He was sick with renal failure ...

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