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When Someone You Love is Hurting

Some people like to ignore feelings while others like to exploit them. And then you get the people who know their feelings and just want to express them. Yup, they want to talk about them. What do you do when someone is expressing strong emotions that you don’t […]

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When Trust is Broken

How do you repair broken trust? If the issue is big enough, there is no remedy – no second chance. If the relationship is important enough, then a way must be found to restore trust. But how? Normally, I think of this regarding someone who has broken my […]

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Why Don’t I Fit In?

Did you ever feel like you didn’t belong in a group you were a forced member of? A recent conversation with family members reminded me how difficult it was growing up and being so different than the rest of my family. It may not have been obvious on […]

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Bird Signs

I never thought of myself as a bird person until recent years. I’m too nearsighted to see little songbirds, but I enjoy the large birds we see around here. There are migratory waterfowl such as ducks, geese, great blue herons, and white pelicans, and we have raptors here […]

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Wild Messages

Sometimes when we see an animal, it’s just because we live near nature. At other times, it is a message from the Universe. I was present for two messages recently and I wanted to share them. I officiated a wedding in a beautiful, picturesque setting at an exclusive […]

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Walking the Talk

What do you do when someone tells a racial joke or ridicules a vulnerable person? Do you go along to get along? Do you make a big deal out of it and chew out the other person, putting them in their place? What is the right way to […]

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Stasis

The past few months have been pretty hard. I’ve felt like I was in stasis. I didn’t want to move backward, but I couldn’t move forward. I began to question everything in my life. Surely changing something would help? I felt disconnected from myself and from everyone else. […]

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Jazz’s Second Wind

Our miniature poodle, Jazz, is 13 years old. Over the past couple of years, while I’ve been distracted by my father’s illness and death, Jazz became blind. He had large milky circles on each eye, and we figured he had cataracts. We talked about whether we could afford […]

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Weeding the Garden

It’s sorta-spring in the Rockies. That means we have both rain and snow. There are bright, warm days and snowy mucky days. Maybe it is finally spring, since we are supposed to be past our first frost-free day, and it’s tornado season already. Our fruit trees bloom, and […]