Transformation

A dream interpreted Unlike many people during the last several months, I haven’t been keen on deep cleaning, or reorganizing, or new hobbies, or cooking, or much of anything constructive. I’ve spent a great deal of my time reading fiction — my historical escape mechanism. Last week, that suddenly changed, and I found myself deep …

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Life Isn’t Supposed to be Comfortable

But uncomfortable doesn’t mean comfortless. Perhaps you’ve worked hard all your life to get where you are, and you feel you deserve to be comfortable now. Perhaps you’ve never known anything different. Or maybe you feel like you’ve struggled all your life and haven’t a thing to show for it but more work ahead. But …

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Old Woman Working

I’ve returned to the work world just as many of my peers are about to retire and leave it behind. It’s both harder and more rewarding than I anticipated. The first question people ask is, Why go back? The simple answer is money. House payments and health insurance are the bulk of that. But the …

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Alone And Strong

I was twenty years old when I learned I could be alone and strong at the same time. The Setting I was volunteering in a Christian youth hostel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, after travelling Europe for three months. In some ways my upbringing had left me naïve and vulnerable. But the year and a half in …

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Why are Your Branches So Bare?

It’s been over a week since I put the Christmas tree up, and it still hasn’t a single ornament on it. Why? I’ve asked myself that for several days now, and — as usual — it’s complicated. We lived in Montana when I was little, and did the traditional “go get your tree in the …

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Surviving the Holidays By Managing Expectations

Even you can survive the holidays if you manage your expectations and exercise a little creativity, whether you have a crazy family, a mental illness, or are just “normally” stressed. Our lives are not Hallmark movies and we don’t have perfect families. My neighbors, for example, lost their matriarch last May, making this Thanksgiving awkward …

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FAIL Isn’t a Dirty Word; Failure is a Part of Life

Just because you fail at something doesn’t mean you’re a Failure (even if it is a four-letter word). Failing is a part of life, which everyone — especially parents — need to remember. After seven years of managing an RV park, I decided to go back to the “regular” workforce last year. Through a friend, …

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