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Mimi’s influence

My former student, Sarah Humway, wrote this post as an essay for English Comp I class last fall. I loved it and asked if she'd allow me to share it with all of you. She agreed. Thank you, Sarah! The most influential person in my life was not only someone who could pick me up… Continue reading Mimi’s influence

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Maggie’s first job

My daughter earned her first $1 bill today. Is that legal? Surely not. Well, it happened, nonetheless. We enjoyed lunch after church at a local diner. Our waitress, a young, cheerful woman who told me she had a five year-old son, went out of her way to express kindness to my daughter, and I was thankful.… Continue reading Maggie’s first job

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Sitting comfortably: Gratitude & couches

Last night, my friend Janet and I shared our dreams with one another. I'm not talking about lofty dreams about life goals. No. I'm talking about couches. Yes. Couches. #MomGoals "I just want a deep, rich blue couch. I love blue. Royal blue, you know, and textures. Lots of textures." I think Janet might have… Continue reading Sitting comfortably: Gratitude & couches

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Back to reality

There are times when I beat myself up as a mom. Then there are little moments of reward. Moments when my daughter lauds my motherhood skills, my spirit soars, and I believe I've finally got this. That's just before my paper airplane wings bend, and I crash into the coffee-stained carpet in her bedroom floor.… Continue reading Back to reality

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Gratitude on a cardboard sign

Today's post is written by one of my current college students, Kaleb Mendoza. I love his expression of gratitude in this essay.  In everything you do and everything you accomplish, you should give grace for the opportunities you get in life. I am a very religious man, raised from two great parents who taught me… Continue reading Gratitude on a cardboard sign

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How to move

I woke up humming a tune. “Whippoorwills in the willows…” I love that little song. It takes me back to a sweet time in my life when I had fewer cares and responsibilities, a time when love enveloped me like the warm comforter I nestled in as I awoke with the June sunshine streaming in… Continue reading How to move

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Mighty kind

“Kindness is the mightiest force in the world,” according to One Day at a Time (299). In the past, I didn’t feel kind. I didn’t even feel like being kind. I felt like stabbing my ex-husband’s eyeballs with a handful of forks. If you know me now, you may be laughing and trying to imagine me… Continue reading Mighty kind