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The gratitude word

*Today's blog post is a guest post written by my lifelong friend and former neighbor Leslie Ferguson Thomas. I'm always thankful for Leslie's contributions to my blog, but I'm more thankful for her ongoing friendship, her perspective on life, and her willingness to share it. Leslie's husband is currently battling cancer; please keep them in… Continue reading The gratitude word

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Any other way

Today's post is written by Jessica Nicol, a former student of mine, who has truly had her fair share of traumatic experiences this semester. In the midst of them, she has managed to maintain her composure and serenity to the best of her ability, and I think she's become a stronger person as a result.… Continue reading Any other way

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The mind’s freedom of movement

Today's post is written by my lifelong friend Mark Egan. I'm sure you'll appreciate this thoughtful reflection on the deeper meaning of life and love as much as I do. Nothing in life progresses on some linear path. Everything--happiness, health, love, achievement, motivation, self-worth--ebbs and flows throughout life. The valleys are labeled their respective peaks’… Continue reading The mind’s freedom of movement

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Lost but not forgotten

Big thanks to one of my students, who is a vivacious and wonderful person, Jessica Nicol, for sharing her story in today's post. You know the point in your life where you just don't feel like being angry anymore? I'm there. I've found that in life there is always that one person who you never… Continue reading Lost but not forgotten

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Second chance love

Special thanks to my former professor and friend, Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, for sharing this beautiful piece on gratitude, friendship, and love with us today. At the beginning of 2014, Bethany wrote a beautiful essay identifying still as her word for the new year. When Bethany invited other people to identify their words for 2014,… Continue reading Second chance love

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Day 29: Dear Dawn

*I'm thankful for my college friend, Lorie Mink for sharing her letter to her friend, Dawn, on Day 29 of the Dear Gratitude project.* Dear Dawn, I remember the day we met like it was yesterday. It was June of 1980, and I was three months shy of turning 9. We just moved into the… Continue reading Day 29: Dear Dawn

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To my stepdaughter

*Big thanks to a friend of mine who gave me permission to post this letter he wrote to his stepdaughter recently. Thank God for  step parents who do engage and don't choose apathy.* Kylie, This is long. You will find it annoying and will likely skip entire paragraphs the first time you read it.  I… Continue reading To my stepdaughter