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Here’s my story…

Since 2010, I have been writing my thoughts down. Some have been made them onto these pages. Perhaps you will find a little piece of you in them too.

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Get lost

No, I don’t mean for you to leave. I just mean that we all get lost from time to time. We all get off the tracks…we all get knocked down…we all get unexpected turns that leave us wondering what to do next. “Follow your heart and you will never get

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Be beautiful

Back in May, someone gave me a new outfit to wear for a family function. It was WAAAY outside my comfort zone but I trusted her judgement and allowed her to show me what I could be and how it was different from what I was. She actually wanted the clothes I

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Luckiest girl in the world

I am not one to highlight anything that would draw attention to me, but this is different. I want the world to know that I am the luckiest girl in the world. I cannot even begin to fathom the gratitude, love, and appreciation I feel for those that care about

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Ocean of regret

Are you out here? On this particular vast ocean that never seems to end and you can’t even see the shoreline anymore? Where you just drift, day by day, at the mercy of the winds and currents that you have no control over? Do you want that for your life?

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Stay hungry

Now, I love to eat. I am not talking about actually consuming food, since I love cupcakes, pie, lobster, biscuits, etc. I love food and a variety of food, too. That is why getting up early and running was easier for me than any diet I could have self-imposed on

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Having no pulse

Can you feel it? Just barely? Is it weak and maybe even not really noticeable? You know what I’m talking about…are you living with no pulse? Where you sit there and just say, “I got nothing.” I did that the majority of my life. Not anymore. This week has been

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What’s in your dream box?

Where are your dreams? Are they tucked safely away in a box, full of clippings, articles, books, or other reminders of where you want to go? Maybe it is safely hidden under your bed or someplace even safer…in your mind, where no one will ever find it. Guess what? We all

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The Second Act

I have started looking at my life in two parts…just like a play. The first part was mostly the set up, with descriptions, background information, and certain players that may or may not stay important to come back for the Second Act. I started the Second Act about two years

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Here we go!

Just like on a rollercoaster as you quietly wish you could change your mind, but also know that there is no turning back. Today, something exciting came to me. I shared it with a few people and actually found words that will accompany it as well. Yes, you will have

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Out the window

I know I think I have this all figured out. Truth is…I don’t and all of my best thought out plans have been thrown out the window. Instead, I am throwing my hands up and riding this rollercoaster. Yesterday, I emailed my story for a possible submission onto a blog

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Back to the basics

Time to get back to the basics and really hone in on what is important, what isn’t, and where I am going. Sometimes we try to pretty things up and make it more than it really is and should be. I found a new book today that’s centered about a

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More afraid of not…

I was watching a movie over the holiday weekend and heard a phrase similar to this one and it struck me as something that I needed to explore more. I used to live with fear and being afraid of living for a very long time. It always appeared to me

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Merry Christmas

May today bring you joy and happiness as you celebrate with family and friends.  Look forward to all that 2012 can bring to you as you continue to grow and follow your heart. Michelle Homme 2011 ©

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Past the point of no return

Have you ever taken such a big chance that you cannot go back to where you once were? To know that to do so would not be in your best interest, but would actually make you worse off in the long run? Taking chances can be scary and I remember

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Apology

I was thinking that if you give an apology and you are unsure if it has been accepted, can you accept the apology you must give yourself? Can you move forward without knowing if the apology given has been accepted before you can accept the apology you must give yourself? If

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Love is…

Love is deep…Love is forgiveness…Love is holding on…Love is being there…Love is not keeping score…Love is honest…Love is saying what you need to say…Love is no regrets…Love is letting go of the past…Love is a smile…Love is faith…Love is acceptance…Love is trust…Love is a hug…Love is A & E…Love is

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Motivation

I still get up just about every morning to get on the elliptical, but am very looking forward to spring when I can get our and run again. As I was burning calories, I wondered where my motivation to do this comes from? Where does any motivation come from? It

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Right vs. Wrong

How many times does this dilemma cross your path in any given day? I am talking about a certain thing, however. Have you ever felt like you made the right decision for the wrong reasons or made the wrong decision for the right reasons? For whatever reason, this thought came to

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The look

The Look can tell you what you need to hear, even when you don’t want to listen. The Look can say, I love you”, even when you think they don’t. The Look can bring you a smile when you can’t find a reason to. The Look can be a comfort

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Regardless

Regardless of how long it takes… Regardless of how it may appear to others… Regardless of the unknown yet to unfold… Regardless of the questions that are always there… Regardless of the fear of doing something new… Regardless of any failure that may come… Regardless of what has occurred in

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I hope you know

I hope you know that this was written just for you. I hope you know how much you are loved. I hope you know that you are not the job. I hope you know just how special you are to me. I hope you know that your gifts are yet

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I give you permission

I give you permission to grieve for the childhood never experienced. I give you permission to realize that none of it was your fault. I give you permission to forgive your father for not being everything he should have been. I give you permission to let go of the anguish

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I first had to…

I first had to understand weakness so that I could be strong. I first had to be blind so that I could see. I first had to feel pain so that I could heal. I first had to become lost so that I could be found. I first had to

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I can see…

The promise not yet fulfilled The light not yet illuminated The love not yet treasured The memories not yet made The grace not yet given The passion not yet trusted The path not yet followed The questions not yet asked The life not yet changed The dream not yet realized

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I believe…

I did not write this, but it was sent to me. I love it. It will make you think. I Believe…that just because two people argue, it does not mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do love each other. I

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Could have…

You could’ve kept walking that one day in February, but you didn’t. You could’ve been reserved in opening up as you did, but you didn’t. You could’ve laughed at the ideas I shared with you, but you didn’t. You could’ve decided I was wasting your time, but you didn’t. You

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What is precious to you?

Last night, I was reading an article about a former teacher of one of our son’s who is fighting breast cancer. She commented that it took a blessing (cancer) for her to really realize how many people care about her and love her. WHY does that need to happen before

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Thank you

I have never really said thank you to everyone out there and I am not sure that this is the way to express it, but I am going to try anyway. As 2011 comes to a close in a week, I cannot even comprehend the journey that this journey over

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Give and take

Rule #16. “There’s no keeping count, no IOUs. Relationships aren’t always 50/50. Some days I have to give 100 and some days I can only do 30.” This is part of a list of 22 rules that were given to me some time ago and this one struck me today

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Almost doesn’t count

How many times have we said, “We almost had it” or something like it. Guess what? Almost doesn’t count. Yes, you tried. No, you were not successful. Try again. And again.  You have to keep trying.  I used to walk away from things and people that I know I gave up

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When you are unsure

Sometimes making a decision and committing to it can be the biggest thing we face, even if it is minor. Do I get up an get on the stupid elliptical this morning or take some time to rest for me? Will I regret making that decision later? We all wish

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Following the list

Yes, I am a list maker. I usually have one written down somewhere and sometimes in multiple places. Many times, that list is in my head. And because I do not see it, I forget things. Things I should not forget. Today, Mike and I went out to take care

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Believe

What do you believe? How strong are your beliefs in determining what you can and cannot do? Can beliefs make you stronger or weaker? It all depends. It amazes me what people are able to accomplish when they believe they can accomplish something. It is that determination that makes them

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Chance

Do you believe in chance in your life? In this world? I was driving back to work today thinking about a friend that I never see and was thinking that after the first of the year, I need to call her and catch up. She was very kind in sending

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The G.I.F.T. 11-29-11

Hello, everyone…here is the summary from last month’s meeting… “I give to life exactly what I want life to give to me.” Has anyone done anything different since we last met? Have you asked and answered yourself any of the questions? I shared with the group about my first big

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It’s who you are

No questions. Ever. It’s who you are. I used to wonder who I was…I mean, really. I knew where I came from and what let me to my todays and never really looked that far into the future. Even when people told me who I was, I am not sure

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The Right Track

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer. Let’s assume for just a moment that you are on the right track. You know where you are headed and seem to have it all figured out. But,

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Destiny

Do you believe in destiny? In fate? Why? Why not? Do you believe that your destiny has led you to where you are, right at this moment? I believe I have lived and continue to live the life I was destined to live. There have been many times that if

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Never know how far

Do you know? No, no one really knows how far they can go until they get there. And even then, that doesn’t mean that that is the farthest you can go, does it? I don’t think it does. I think we can always do more, even if we never make it

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The Jolt

You know what I’m talking about? When you get that little knock upside the head that kind of gets your attention? Sometimes it even blind sides you? Where you just need to focus more on something else that what you have been focusing on? I got that last week. it

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Bless the day

I was thinking about this yesterday morning as I was on the elliptical at 5am, and I needed to remember to write everything that needed to go along with it. Bless the day with your grace as your unselfishness becomes your goal. Bless the day with your smile as it

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Confidence

Some people don’t have it and want it and others have it and share it. Where does it come from? Why do some people have more than others? How do you get more? Confidence is described as having the “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities”. There are times

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That thing you do

Nothing makes me happier than watching people do their thing. I love to watch my husband coach baseball. He loves it and he BLOOMS when he does it –for those of you that know him, please do not tell I said that. He doesn’t read this so I know I

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A welcome sight

You feel the warmth in their eyes and know you made their day. And they made yours. No one has to say it, but you know it. I sat in my car hesitating for about 10 minutes before gathering the courage to go some place I was a little nervous

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Show up

You HAVE to be here. There is no other way around it. I posted about being there and this might be a tag onto that as well. Quit watching life pass you by and you need to make sure you show up, because it waits for no one. Once you

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Keep working it…

Gosh, it is so hard sometimes not to want to give up. To throw in the towel and just walk away. And be done. Forever. It doesn’t matter what it is and sometimes we are faced with if come to that conclusion and there is no other way, WHEN do

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Today is your day

Tonight, as my husband was flipping through the channels waiting for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers to start their game, he found a show with Shania Twain where she was singing a song titled, “Today is your day”. Beautiful song. What I also found interesting is that her show was titled, “Why

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Faith and Love

I have not been feeling these two lately, but today they came with Trust and Acceptance. It is hard to admit when things are not as we would wish them to be, but nothing can really change the situation. I was reminded of this when my youngest son was frustrated

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Patience

I remember that was a huge lesson for me at my first job working at the grocery store in California. This time of year, it becomes something we lose very quickly or we don’t carry with us at all. People are hurrying from one event to another, checking their list

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Selfishness

Yes, I said it. It comes to every one of us and never comes when it is wanted. Yet, its power over us makes us do dumb things. Our only hope is that we can stop what we want to stop. How do we accept when others are selfish? Do we

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Fill the void

We all take up space in this world, but are we using the space we take up wisely? Is there something that you see that needs to be done that just doesn’t get done by someone else? I pick up pieces of paper that I see on the floor at

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Time never changes the memory

I was fiddling around today on the computer and came across some pictures that I am very grateful to have and it reminded me I needed to get back into my scrapbooking. Those pictures are just quick reminders of those times and time can never change that memory. In fact,

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Best interest at heart

Have you heard that story before? From your parents when you were younger? Maybe from your dearest friend? Blah, blah, blah…Telling you not what you WANT to hear, but what you NEED to hear? Yeah, been there, done that. I am sure we all have. It can be difficult when someone

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Right at this moment

Right now. Where are you? What decision have you made for your future RIGHT NOW? It may be wrong tomorrow, but RIGHT NOW, it is right. You feel it, right? When you choose, you are not derailed by thoughts of failure and details of doubt. You are so confident that

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‘Tis the Season

Today, we had our first significant snowfall for the season and I loved it! It really wasn’t too cold and as long as you were careful, driving around town was not too bad. I even went out less than an hour ago to pick up our son from the movies.

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Things unravel

This time of year, we can feel so overwhelmed. For some of us, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is…life itself has us going on all cylinders and we feel like if we stop, then we will not have the strength to get back up again. Like a

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Humbless comes to me

I sigh, but not in disgust or in frustration. I let the air escape from my lungs in acceptance. Humbling accepting the compliments that have visited my life in such a few shorts days. I still almost find it difficult, but by my being me, it actually is very easy.

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Expectation and Disappointment

There is no one in this world that has not had both of these in their lives at one time or another. Expectation is what comes before and sometimes, there is disappointment after. Whether it is trying out for a select baseball team that you don’t make because your skills

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Have courage

Find it deep within you, to do something or say something that is difficult…even if it is just difficult for you. If it is something you don’t normally do, like sing in front of family for a game you are playing. Yes, I did that this weekend and even though

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The marathon of life

I am not sure that I can call myself a “runner”, but I do love to run. I love the freedom it brings me and the way I can start my day with very little effort. And I am grateful every day that I decided to join the race of

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Unlimited

This word is mentioned in one of my favorite songs and I first heard it when I attended “Wicked” over the summer. I shared it with Rock and she loves it too. How many times do we let self-imposed or outer influences decide for us where our limits should be?

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Happiness

For a graduation gift, I gave someone a book that inspires her to “Live Happy” because I know she might have chosen to forget that after someone she cared about was taken from her life. I get it. But living happy does not come easy, especially when we are stuck

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Rule your world

I was recently given a book to read, but do not really have time to read it. But. I took some time today on our drive back home for the holiday weekend and was intrigued by the message as well as the title. I kept coming across sentences or ideas

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You help…without question

Yesterday, as our family was driving to my in-laws, someone texted me asking for help. Not really thinking that I could or really understanding why she picked me, I did the best I could with helping her. I hope I did. She said I did and have no regrets about

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Dreams come after the nightmare

When do we see our dreams? After we have had something terrifying happen. Do you ever go to sleep at night, thinking great thoughts, just resting as you slowly drift off to slumber? And then without warning, PUMA! You are trapped in some crazy dream that may include a mouthful

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Where I live

This is something that has been repeatedly coming to me over the last couple of days…remember where I live. Perhaps it is because of something that I have to tell myself when I question it all. When I doubt. When I wonder. When I am hurt. So here is what

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Happy Thanksgiving

Through all of my 43 years, I have been blessed. Even when I did not believe it or want to see it. Even when I dismissed it as not something I deserved. Yet, despite of it all, I am blessed. Words have been said recently that have hurt me and

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The Hard Way

I’m not sure why I thought about this subject this morning. Maybe it is because I am back on the dreaded elliptical as the weather turns colder. Rocky doesn’t come anymore (I understand why), so getting up and staying motivated is different now. I remembering telling my husband that I

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Being frightened is a good thing

Michelle Homme 2011 © I know we might not think so, but I think this is true. I mean, when we are a little on edge and nervous, we are paying very close attention to what is going on around us. Not having all of the answers and being in

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Nothing can stop you

I heard a phrase from a new movie last night that said, “When you do something for the right reasons, nothing can stop you.” That momentum will carry you past any doubt, any fear, and opinion that is not in your favor. But you have to believe in what you

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Here goes!

Ok. So I am not even sure where to start. I was asked several people how I did last night with my speech and me being me, I probably downplayed it more than I should have, but that is me. Because of those wonderful people in my life, called friends,

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Did it!

Last night was my first big public speaking engagement in front of about 300 people or so. All day, I went around getting “knuckle touches” from everyone I saw to carry the excitement and momentum going into last night. Ok, ok,…it was really about not getting nervous. Funny thing is

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Standing on a star

Has this ever happened to you? When you felt like there was nothing bigger than you, right at that moment, and NOTHING could change it? Today, that is how I feel. Like I am standing on a star. Not because I am better or bigger than anyone else, but today

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Being there

Sometimes that is enough. Just being there. Whether someone asked you to or not, but you choose to be there because being there is not for you or about you. It’s about making someone else’s important thing just as important to you because they are that important to you. It means

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Irony

Irony is a funny thing. For example, growing up I never thought I would leave the state of California, yet the more I have lived here in Nebraska, the more I never want to live in California again. Nebraska has become my home, although I will always say I am

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Ambition

I thought about ambition this past week on one of my walks. Yes, I said walk. My week has been off since I was off work most of the week helping our son recover from his surgery. Day time TV is pretty much a waste of time, but I was

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All of our eggs in one basket

Who hasn’t done that before? Put all we have, all we believe into one thing, only to have the rug pulled out from under you and then you wind up with yoke on your face? Feeling kind of foolish, hoping no one saw and will bring it up later? Yeah…been there

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Untapped purpose

It is so sad when I see this…something that can be so much more than what I currently have in front of me. Like an empty gumball machine. I know…just hear me out. It sounds silly…I get that. For the last three months (at least), I have tried to get

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On your mark, get set, GO!

Who hasn’t played a game when they were younger when this is how you started every race? Yesterday, I was told that my advice is good but that it takes action to make things different. I agreed with that statement. If we are satisfied enough (about anything – government, our

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The G.I.F.T. 10-25-11

We had two new ladies come this night, so I quickly got them up to speed as to where we where from our first meeting. I shared a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The story of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy

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The G.I.F.T. 9-27-11

So, I have been trying to figure out a way to share what we do in our G.I.F.T. meetings with more people who are unable to attend the meetings for whatever reason. Since I am fairly confident that some of those people read this, I thought I would start here.

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Left brained vs Right brained

I was reading an article today that talks about left-brained vs right-brained people and the differences between the two hemispheres. In looking at the characteristics of each side, I would guess that I have been a left-brain user for the majority of my life. I am thinker and by that I

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No comment

I have often wondered what people (yes, that means you) think about what I write. Are there a lot of consistent readers, or once a week readers, or an occasional view now and again. But I never hear from anyone. I know people are reading this, because I can see that

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My best laugh

Last night, my husband and I were sitting on the couch watching something on TV as our youngest boys sat playing near us. I say that like they are 2 & 3, but really they are more like almost 15 and 16. The youngest one had surgery on his knee,

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Dog-leg left

I am not sure why I was thinking about golf today this morning on my walk. I mean…I am not a golfer, although my husband and two of my sons are and our third son golfs like I do, not well. But you don’t have to know about the game of

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Where everyone knows your name

Who does not remember what this is from? Yes, “Cheers” where this is the theme song, and when Norm walks in, everyone says his name. Isn’t that a great feeling? To be missed because you were gone for months as you recuperate from surgery? To receive invitations to lunch? I

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Rudy

When our middle son was younger, his nickname was Rudy, after the character from the movie with the same name. Sean Astin stars as a young kid whose dream is to go to Notre Dame as that his family’s team. However, he is a short kid and really does not

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Nothing stays the same

I know, I am being redundant and stating the obvious. But sometimes, we interpret change as bad, but really it just means different. Things change because people change and that is ok. Routines differ due to a new route on the way to work because of construction. Accidents happen and

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Wouldn’t it be cool if?

In less than two weeks, I will be standing in front of 300+ people giving a 15 minute speech. I have never done anything quite like this, but I am really excited about it. Rock and I picked out the outfit I am going to wear and it seems so

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Best things in life are magical

On Tuesday, the word “magic” was also used in a text when I asked Rock how she scored some Fun Dip, when I couldn’t. I thought it was ironic that I had not really ever used the word “magic” recently in everyday life. But I never really thought about those special

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