Praying For A Stranger

By: Julie Thompson It started off like a typical day at the park. I was walking the trails, listening to music on my phone, and enjoying hearing the sound of a nearby waterfall. I came to the end of the first trail, stopped, and looked at a sign that had...

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Getting Through the Neon Year

By: Mary Ellen Collins I have a friend named Kim who just celebrated her 52nd birthday. She is happy and she is scared. This is the year. She is fearful. She doesn’t want to leave her husband, kids, and family. She is not sick. No horrible diagnosis. No impending loss...

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I’m Taking Off My Crown

By: Mary Ellen Collins I’m taking off my crown. For almost 50 years, I have lived under a curse. “We don’t like you.” “You are not a part of our family.” “Stay away.” “You are not welcome.” I have even had birthday cards returned to me. These words have pierced...

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Mind Over Matter

By: Cara Barth “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~ Mark Twain As a child, I absolutely loved sitting in the room during family parties and listening to the “older folks” chat about the past. I would find myself becoming almost entranced...

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Faith Found In Fortune Cookies

By: Cara Barth “Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.” ~ Helen Keller Writing as much as...

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Freedom

By: Mary Ellen Collins F-R-E-E-D-O-M! I am so happy with myself. I am capable. I am competent. I did something yesterday that I had wanted to do for a long time. Woohoo! So why was I so afraid to get on an adult Trike? After all, it is nothing but...

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Welcome to The Club

By: Mary Ellen Collins When you lose a mother, you become a member of the Motherless Daughters Club, a club no one wants to belong to and yet here we are. On a journey, coping with our loss, striving to either create or maintain our identity. A life-long grief journey....

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Made Well: An Invitation To Healing

By: Julie Thompson I recently finished reading Jenny Simmons’ latest book, Made Well: Finding Wholeness in the Everyday Sacred Moments.   Made Well is full of stories – stories that will make you laugh and stories that will probably cause you to shed a few tears. All of the stories remind me...

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Thoughts on “Being Brave”

By: Cara Barth “Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.” Julius Caesar “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare The month of September always makes me reminisce about my school days. I was one of those strange children that loved school, especially English and literature. When in school, I was...

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When You’re Feeling Restless

By: Julie Thompson Every week, I read lots of blogs. I’m drawn to writers who are vulnerable and honest in their blogs because I think the world needs more honesty. If someone were to ask me today, “How are you?” my automatic response would be, “I’m good.” But my honest...

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