Biking in the Woods…of Memories

©Cindy Kennedy The leaves crackle under our bike tires, burying the path underneath the trees.   There is a sense of golden aura, with splatters of rust and green throughout, as we wind along the trail flanking the river. The geese chatter, the slight scent of decay emanates throughout. As we ride past the mirrored lake, …

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Conquering Men’s Uninvited Advances

Thank you, Donald Trump. Yes, thank you. Since that video of you surfaced talking about “grabbing her pussy” and the myriad of similar follow-up accusations, the conversation of how women are treated, taunted, poked, and prodded with bodies and eyes has become an open conversation. Women are angry. Women are vocal. Girls and women like …

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Eulogy for my Dad

My dad, Richard Albert Cardinal, died on June 23, just about 3 weeks ago. I gave the eulogy at his local service this week. Here are the words I wrote and said about him, since a couple people have asked to read them.  We miss you already.  Love you.  Cindy My dad leaves behind a …

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Class Cliques Conquered

"Time is the great equalizer," one of my former high school classmates stated, as we gazed around the crowded bar during our 30th high school reunion last weekend (really? can I be that old?) "So true,"I replied, watching people mix freely. Some who barely knew each other talking like old friends, others sharing remembrances with …

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Freeze Frame

They squirm to get out of reach. “Not again,” they occasionally roll their eyes , the shutter open-close click-click-click. “That’s a horrible background.  Move over here,” I direct them, to sighs as they shuffle across the yard. Yes, they might sometimes complain when the camera comes out AGAIN, but they loved it today when I …

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Learning to Trust your Gut

A youth counselor. A pediatrician. A neighbor. A teacher. A priest. A classmate. Respected elders?  Sometimes.  But several recent conversations, these were the people who tried to take sexual advantage of either me or friends when we were younger. Last weekend’s conversation reminded me of the importance of teaching our kids to “trust their guts”.   …

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Remembering Tim

The earthquake that rocked the east coast yesterday was far overshadowed in my life by the unexpected death of my high school friend Tim last weekend. Tim was the guy in high school who was larger than life, ready with a hug, an infectious laugh, a true smile, welcoming all into his circle...unless you were …

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