17 May


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


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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08 Apr


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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