family

are you afraid of being buried alive while you get a gallon of milk?

March 20, 2014
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Are you terrified of rocks falling on top of you and burying you alive? Not a very realistic fear unless you drive a canyon full of rocks each time you need a gallon of milk. Recently two of my friends arrived at this rockslide just as the dust was settling. It not only made the […]

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my family is where I belong

March 4, 2014
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I found where I belong by simply writing about my family for the past 4 weeks. This is a small miracle to me. Such an easy cure, such an elusive problem. Several decades ago I went to hear Tony Robbins speak and he described 4 categories of people. I don’t remember the names of the […]

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how to love more and love better: lessons from my dog

February 25, 2014
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My dog, Ode Yedder, is sitting beside me, where I frequently can find her. She follows me down the hallway when I’m going to fetch the laundry to take it to the other side of the house. Is it because she wonders if I’m getting ready for a walk? Or does she simply long for […]

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this day I daily wed

February 18, 2014
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I took off my wedding ring this week. I put it in the precious box my daughter made for me. Then I began to listen carefully for the voice of my own longing. I realized I was missing that voice when I felt envious of my best friend’s tires. We went to Steamboat together and, […]

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8 hours of pause to parent for 8 seconds? worth it.

February 11, 2014
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Because my son plays high school basketball, I’ve gotten to see a good portion of Western Colorado. I spend my weekends traveling around the state to watch his games. I sometimes drive 2 or 3 hours each direction to sit for 1 or 2 hours and cheer. This is parenting. Lots of traveling to capture […]

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what church and show tunes show me about my daughter

February 5, 2014
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I’m listening to a mix CD my daughter made me as I drive through snowy mountains. The occasional barn makes its appearance, but mostly it is vast open space. White, rolling silence. I live in the Rockies and stones make themselves known underneath all the white. They peek out their faces to smile at the […]

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hair today, gone tomorrow

June 27, 2013
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When I told my husband of 25 years I was going to shave my head to raise money for cancer research he was silent. 3 days later he made a proposal, “It’s a good cause. How about you figure out how much money you could raise and I’ll match it if you DON’T shave your […]

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does no lights mean no christmas?

December 7, 2012
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It’s December 7 and my house doesn’t look any more Christmasy than it did November 15th. Is that OK? I haven’t even hung up the beloved advent calendar I made to remind me of my mother. Is this the beginning of the end of Christmas decorating for me, or a one time blip? With my […]

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colorado fires: disaster and delight

July 17, 2012
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The Colorado Fires snuck into the most normal moments of people’s lives. I was taking pictures of my son’s 4H archery practice located about 30 minutes from our home when I saw a slurry bomber fly overhead and snapped a photo. I found out later that plane was just returning from dumping bright orange retardant […]

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my father’s books: a giveaway

January 20, 2011
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          My altared space today is the reading voice of my father. He brought books to life and I most remember The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Today I am giving this set of books away to celebrate his influence on my life as it has unfolded.           I once got a 2-foot stuffed […]

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pausing with a centerpiece

January 14, 2011
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          Today my altared space is this centerpiece. After the hubbub of December I long for quiet. As I quickly straightened up yesterday my body knew that even more than I did and put together this little theatre for my eyes and fingers. Meal time for the next little while can offer respite to a […]

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