Tap Dancing

Tap. Tap. Tap. What is that noise? I thought, glancing around my office while on a call. Tap. Tap. I watched papers I had posted on my bulletin board. Were they gently blowing with the air coming through the vents? Nope. Tap. Scratch. Tap. Were there stacked folders, making that noise? Nope. What the heck? …

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Family Dinners, Changing

Wisps of melancholy embrace this house. Tara, our eldest, returned to college this morning, after the Christmas break.   This sensation is a familiar one, the unbalance after the five of us have been together for some time and one of us is…gone…vamoose…. and that incomplete feeling returns. We sense it in the days before her …

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Egging Stinks!

Open letter to the Hoodlums who egged my house last weekend: Thanks. For stealing the trust I have being in my home, in my neighborhood, in my kids’ friends who are always stopping by, sharing our food, playing games, chatting. Thanks. For stealing the only 90 minutes I had to myself the entire weekend, when …

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Week 2, Gratefulness Journal

Here is my Lenten Week 2 offering, three things I am thankful for each day.  Some days this is more challenging than others, but it's making me notice the small things around me.  Here goes... 2/29/12 .  I am thankful for iPhones. 4/5 of us now have them! I saved that Snickers bar from the …

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Special Celebrations

sorry it's been awhile!  been very busy and ill... This past week I have been choked up several times at the support that the various organizations in our small-ish town give other groups.  This is especially true, since I know that everyone is super-crazed with the end of school/season events.  Here are a couple examples, …

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No More Hole in the Wall

We recently transformed our self-described "hole in the wall"  to the centerpiece in our family room.  Long overdue, friends now ask if we even had a fireplace before adding metallic tile to the wall, granite to the floor, a hand-built and stained mantle,  and log set to the fireplace wall.  A backdraft several years ago …

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Cleaning Up

Why is it we want to organize our lives in January?  Clean out the closets, under the bed, the files, the toy room, the dust bunnies, the pantry.  We lighten our drawers, then head immediately to the gym to exercise, exercise, exercise to tighten our drawers.  Is it the start of the new year?  Is …

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