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Personal vows we make with ourselves

I heard a truth recently that put things into perspective. My friend said, “We make personal vows with ourselves. These vows can stunt our growth and keep us from living…

Green ice-cream cones

If you heard “green ice-cream cones,” many would say with a big smile, “I remember when …” Anyone who lived in the town of Pagosa Springs in 1976 and for…

A predictably unpredictable mind

My Sweet Al said to me, “If you go to a dance with an ugly man, you still get to dance.” “Where did that come from? What is that about?”…

I’m sorry, did I roll my eyes out loud?

One of the greatest joys as a parent is when all of our children “come home.” Cars unpacked and extra place settings added to the table, it’s Sunday night and…

‘Let me rise, let me fall’

Monday morning, I was met at the door by one of the writers in my writers’ group. “You left me hanging. What happened to Sweet Al’s foot?” “It’s still hanging.”…

Receiving, giving and finding completeness

These days, I’ve been pondering over the meaning of the phrase “living life well.” It could find its roots in something as simple as a garage sale. Being friendly to…

Walking in a miracle: a paradox

When I woke up this morning, with my eyes shut, I stared at a blank canvas in my head. I had nothing to write about for my column this week.…

Businesses, we appreciate you

My Sweet Al and our son recently attended a local company’s “Appreciation Day.” It is an annual event where staffers serve lunch off the grill and extend thanks to their…

I’ll never forgive Bob

Do you remember the 1991 movie “What About Bob?” Starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin…

The picture on top of the puzzle box

I am not a puzzle person. There are a couple members in our family who love to work on puzzles. Other members will come alongside and add a few pieces…

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