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Summer

It is my favorite season, and I don’t think I’m alone. I have a couple friends counting down to snow season, bless their hearts, but I bet they are in the minority. My summer started (technically late spring, but this is not the important part here) with a trip to San Francisco, where I met […]

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Thanksgiving

Another year, another gratitude list: 1-French Meadow in Minneapolis where we ate Thanksgiving dinner for the 2nd year in a row. They have something for everyone, even the 4 of us who each has either dietary restrictions or some serious preferences. French Meadow gets it. 2-The hummingbird tattoo I was getting in my dream last […]

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The Book of Matthew, the president, and the future

Matthew is the first book of the New Testament – one of the 4 gospels. The gospels are filled with stories and teachings from Jesus during his ministry on earth. Some Bibles show the words of Jesus in red letters so they stand out. Some Christians, myself included, give more weight to the words of […]

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Changing Seasons

Just like that, it is September and fall-ish outside, meaning, when I walk the dog in the morning, I am not warm.  Also, the frogs are out.  Do they just come out in the fall?  I was not aware of their seasons, but I am now very much aware of their presence during my morning […]

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Day 1

I did the 21 day Beachbody Ultimate Reset for 14 days last year and I felt really good so I decided to do it again.  I scheduled Day 1 for last Saturday.  For starters, Beachbody is a dumb name.  All of us already have a beach body if we go to the beach.  It’s that […]

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28 years ago

It was a Friday, a lot like today except warmer.  I was 22 and did not know very much.  Worse yet, I thought I knew a lot, definitely more than the average person knew, especially about marriage and relationships.  One thing I knew for sure:  I wanted to get married.  He was a willing participant.  […]

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Starting in Tacoma

I know it doesn’t look like Tacoma because the sun is shining, but it was really beautiful that day.  I arrived in April to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins.  Our first morning walk took place at Chambers Bay, and I already look forward to returning next year.  There is something special about having family […]

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The Funeral

I am sitting at a table in an unfamiliar room with Amy Parker.  She has pretty blond hair and a soothing voice.  She is careful with her words, like a flight attendant reading the safety script as the plane starts moving.  “In the unlikely event of a water landing” means “if the plane crashes into […]

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Easter Weekend Sadness

I arrive at church to serve as a greeter for the Good Friday service.  It is cold outside, but inside is filled with warmth and love.  Candles are lit.  Communion is set out.  Music is playing softly.  I am home here.  I stand at the door and try not to say “Good Morning” at 6:45 […]

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Grieving, part 1

When I was little, every once in awhile my dad would go on a business trip and while he was away, my mom & I would eat at Bridgeman’s.  Bridgeman’s was my very favorite restaurant–the one on the east side of St. Paul.  Bridgeman’s has been gone for years, replaced by a liquor store, but […]

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