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Your voice, your first sentence

Did you know that when you open a book to read, the first sentence has a specific design? Writers need to capture your attention and not let go of you…

Life is about giving, not getting

Life is about giving, not getting. A personal gift from my 22-year-old grandson prompted this article. He was so excited for me to see his gift that he opened my…

The flame grows stronger through the years

The article I wrote for this week’s edition was like clanging cymbals — no point, no spirit and no love. I moved the pot to the back burner to simmer…

The darkness of winter, the light of spring

I asked my Sweet Al why the broom was still on the front porch. I had asked him to sweep it. “What are you waiting for?” As sincere as he…

He came for all in the family

The mere flicker of a candle may be our brightest light this holiday season. In the midst of the shortest days and the longest nights comes the light to light…

Call it love, call it reclaiming sacred space

I bit the bullet, rolled up my sleeves and told my Sweet Al, “This has to be a labor of love. There is no other reason I would sit out…

Watermarks: The good, the bad and everything in between

Birthdays have a way of making a person reflective as they surface wonderful memories. For some, it’s a time to give pause on their special day, to acknowledge those who…

The bond between a father and son

These weekly articles come to me in different ways. Sometimes, my Sweet Al pushes my buttons. I’ll write about it in a humorous way rather than killing him. Another time,…

Trapped in a crazy family

Trapped in a car wash with fighting teenagers in their 40s and trapped in my own voice and a husband who wants to ask me questions, I wanted to shout,…

Footprints left behind

I wrote an article for this column a few years ago and had forgotten I wrote it. But, my daughter found it and posted it on my website. When I…