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Minimizing the Apologies

Narcissism exists. You are not crazy. 
That word, one which I paid little attention to before my divorce, I’m only now recognizing its significance in my life. 580 more words

Life After 50

Before Long and For Good

Before long you will ask

Have you heard from her?

Not has she heard from you

You will play that game

The one when it’s enough to send a Christmas card… 124 more words


Finding Brave

“The bravest thing I ever did was run.” These lyrics to a song by Little Big Town have really struck my heart. I have never felt in my whole life that running away was ever the right thing to do… until I had to do it. 651 more words


The Most Powerful Words

What if I asked you what you consider to be the most powerful words in this life? Would it be, “I love you”? Would it be, “please”? 593 more words


A Decision Made

This saying really touched me, although I don’t think it’s really about winning. Family is such a precarious thing. What’s the saying – family is family?   467 more words


When Time Stands Still

There are moments in time, often small moments, that mark our lives in a way we couldn’t have expected. These moments are rare but I found myself in one of them just the other day. 656 more words

Reconciliation Redux

Eight years ago, after visiting my parents’ graves in Hastings, Michigan, after arranging flowers and sprinkling birdseed to attract the finches my father loved, and after wiping off the moss that had already started to spread on their headstones, I went with my husband to our place on Lake Superior, sat in an old blue chair that belonged to my husband’s cousin’s mother and I wrote the story of my 12-year estrangement from my parents. 281 more words