10 Word Review – Ebertfest: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Kindness. Human. Love. Respect. Empathy. Caring. Validating. Joy. Depth. Yes.

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Eight Years

Eight years ago today a doctor walked into my hospital room and told me I had leukemia. Since then I’ve periodically asked a question of myself.  Not, as you might expect, why me, or even just why.  There is no why.  It was random, not predictable, and as far as we know not preventable.  ItContinue reading “Eight Years”

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Time to Look in the Mirror

  We see what we want to see.  That’s part of the problem. I was perusing Facebook, which I must say prompts many posts on this blog, and I saw a theme.  Negativity.  Plain and simple. There were posts about “those” people.  Of one sort of another.  You know them, the idiots, the ridiculous, theContinue reading “Time to Look in the Mirror”

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Words to Live By (Part 2)

In this second installment of the life lessons learned/what’s important to me at 50 I give you joy.  And many other things. “There are random moments – tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums,Continue reading “Words to Live By (Part 2)”

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Words to Live By (Part 1)

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”  ― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder andContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 1)”

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Extra-Ordinary

Stomps foot down and says in a huff, I was meant for more than this, I was meant for great things. I didn’t really throw a tantrum, though it sort of felt like one in my head, mental foot stomping and all.  Sometimes our better selves appear to the world, but not always so muchContinue reading “Extra-Ordinary”

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Thankful Everyday – The Seventeenth

17.  I’m thankful for laughter.  The way my honey laughs with her whole body, how my brother slaps his knee when it’s a real good one, the grandsons giddy sounds, my friends smiling eyes when they laugh, strangers passing by who are cracking up, my family’s sounds of laughter at a family function, and myContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – The Seventeenth”

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Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage

Ever find yourself sitting in the garage after you’ve pulled in, unwilling to get out of the car because the song that’s playing is making you feel something? That was me just now, and damn, it is great to be alive. Every once in awhile I find myself, because of a song, or a video,Continue reading “Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage”

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Giving Thanks

Wow…  Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Can’t believe it.  Sometimes these things sneak up on us.  Not that we aren’t prepared, we are.  It’s just that I can’t believe it’s already that time of year.  We have entered the holiday season.  And again I’ll say… wow. Now that I’m getting over my shock at the time ofContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

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Go Live a Normal Life

I’m crying.  I can’t seem to stop.  I dry up for awhile, and then there they are again, tears falling down my face uncontrollably.  I’m not sad… no, not at all.  These are tears of joy.  Tears from days, and weeks, sometimes hours, and two years and four months. Wow.  What should I do now.Continue reading “Go Live a Normal Life”

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Christmas in Illinois

Dear Sebastian… We had the best Christmas this year and it was all because of you.  Christmas is the time when a person should feel a lot of joy and enjoy a lot of warm family gatherings.  Because of you your Grandmas felt both of those things. We spent a lot of time over atContinue reading “Christmas in Illinois”

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Happy Birthday Nick

Today is Nick’s birthday.  He’s my nephew, and a fantastic guy.  He’s had quite the life already.  Finding himself in not always the easiest of circumstances, he always manages to keep plugging along, trying to move forward, and work toward the greater good of himself.  I admire this in him.  He’s still young, still tryingContinue reading “Happy Birthday Nick”

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A Letter From Grandpa

I got home yesterday to find a letter from my grandpa had arrived. I was thrilled. We live in an age when hand written communication is going by the wayside. We call, we fax, we e-mail, we instant message, and we text message. We hardly ever sit down and actually write out, in longhand, whatContinue reading “A Letter From Grandpa”

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