30 Apr

13reasons

Unless you live under a rock, you have heard of the Netflix series, TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY. This adaptation of Jay Asher’s 2007 novel with the same title tells the story of Hannah, a teenage girl who commits suicide leaving behind a series of audio recordings explaining the reasons why she decided to end her life. The series has been the…..

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23 Jul

PokemonNO

I was on board with the lure of the latest craze, the Pokemon GO app…for about an hour.  I first heard about this phenomenon on Monday, then again a few hours later, and then a few hours after that.  It seemed to be all anyone was talking about. Then I heard what a great opportunity it was for kids to…..

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17 May

beyourself

I was standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for the conveyor belt full of groceries to open up enough space to begin unloading my cart, when a flash of moving color caught my eye. Looking down, I saw a young girl, three or four years old. She was wearing what looked to be a recital costume with a red-sequined bodice and a full tulle skirt with…..

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04 May

humility

I was raised by my paternal grandparents, who accepted responsibility for my care when I was an infant and they were both 50-ish. As a result, I spent a great deal of time with people who had experienced much in life and who shared their wisdom with me. One of my grandfather’s best pieces of advice was, “If you’re good,…..

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18 Apr

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I grew up in Oakland County, Michigan, and was a young teenager during the mid-seventies. During the thirteen-month period between February, 1976 and March, 1977, there were four children abducted, tortured and murdered within a six-mile radius of my home. The Oakland County Child Killer Case, as it was known, forever altered the landscape of our community and my youth……

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08 Apr

images

From the moment a baby squeezes its way through the birth canal and is thrust into the great wide open world, it screams in shock and despair desperately wanting to climb back into the safe cocoon of its mother’s womb.  Those observing – the doctors, nurses, loved ones, and especially the mother, herself – are joyful as the baby screams. The baby is alone in its despair. Whatever…..

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27 Jan

alcohol

 This February 9th is my father’s 80th birthday, but he isn’t here to celebrate. My father died a few weeks after his 40th birthday from cirrhosis of the liver, the result of chronic alcoholism. I was just 14 years old. His death was both tragic and ugly, and significantly impacted the course of my life.

 As he neared the end of…..

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10 Jan

hidingthetruth

It’s been three days since the Season 2 Premiere of ‘American Crime’, and I cannot stop thinking about how equally disturbing and fascinating the episode was. The opening scene shows a black screen on which are displayed the words we hear spoken by a female voice phoning 911, “I want to report a rape.”

From the outset, we know that…..

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Why Resolutions Fail
26 Dec

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Change takes time.

Somewhere between 30% and 50% of adult Americans are busy considering this year’s New Year’s resolutions. Dissatisfied with their lives, they weigh and measure (often literally!) various aspects of who they are, how they look, and what they have. With firm determination to do things differently, they make lists and then sit back and wait as the final days of 2015 tick away. Sometimes there…..

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11 Dec

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  I love the art of putting words together in a distinct and meaningful way.  This drives my passion for reading more than a good plot. I am most fulfilled when I read something and think to myself, “Wow. I wish I wrote that. I wish I had put those words together in exactly that way.” I experience clarity and a…..

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