Mother’s Day—Tearful, Tough, or Tender

    Is Mother's Day happy or painful for you? For me, it's bittersweet because I lost my mom when I was 18. It took me years to grieve her loss. But nowadays I don't get stuck in the sadness because there are too many other things to be glad about. Recently...

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How To Ask For Help

“I’ll be there next week,” she said.   I felt the familiar sense of agitation creep in.   A person that I have a long history with is telling me something but not really telling me what she wants or needs. I find myself trying to read into it, hoping to fill...

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Hygge – The Word Everyone Is Talking About

Years ago I came across the Dutch word Gezelligheid. It doesn't really translate to English but it's similar to our word "cozy." I think it’s similar to Hygge, the word everyone is talking about. I wrote a lot about it in my book Renewed.   My favorite word for...

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A Letter to Parents of Young Ones

  Dear Moms and Dads of Young Ones,   Someday your children are going to grow up and become your best friends. Your family is going to bring you more and more joy with each passing decade.   I don’t know how I didn’t know this but I didn't.   I...

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