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September Milestones

September Milestones

As my paddle dips into the calm surface of the lake, I think about how the same day, week, or month can hold different meaning for different people.  September marks the anniversary of many milestones in my life – both happy and less so.  I know it does for others...
Making a Change

Making a Change

Fifteen months ago, my husband submitted his application for a new job opportunity.  He has been working in the same office for the last nineteen years – he enjoys his job (and is good at what he does) but we decided we were game for a change. I remember how I felt as...
Because It’s Hard

Because It’s Hard

“I am writing a book about my mom’s journey with ALS and how it changed my life. Thinking about that time, putting myself back in touch with the emotions is harder than I expected it to be.  After weeks of work with Tammy Plunkett of Big Sky Author Services,...
For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs

Late last week, my mother in law said goodbye to her dog Henry. It was almost two years to the day that his litter mate Jasmine died in her arms.  Though it was not unexpected, it was a very difficult day for her. Five days later, friends of ours had to make the...
The Cemetery, a Beautiful Place

The Cemetery, a Beautiful Place

Many years ago, I was part of the horticulture crew at a beautiful old cemetery.  Our small team was responsible for the planting and care of acres of ornamental flower beds. We worked from April until the ground froze or the budget ran out.  I loved the work. Weekly...