Bon Voyage Aunt Shirley

I got a call from Momma this morning. I could tell she was in tears. She left a message and told me to call her or my brother Terry back. I called Terry because her line was busy, and I said, “What happened?” This year has been a tragic one for my family, particularly my […]

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The Act of Surrender

Someone told me about the concept of a God Box a long time ago. I don’t even remember when I first heard of it or who told me. I heard about the concept long before I really needed one. A God Box is a tool to help me surrender those things I can’t change. I […]

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Recovery Literature: Mid-Week Inspiration

Reading recovery literature and reflecting on it is a huge part of my daily routine. I am subscribed to a mailing list from Hazelden, and I have several meditation books that I love. In addition, I read the books that are the foundation of my 12 step groups. I actually believe that recovery is for […]

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Prayer: Tunnels to God

As I was having my morning coffee this morning, I read two really beautiful prayers. One was posted by a friend on Facebook and one I found in Henry Nouwen’s book, The Dance of Life. If you haven’t discovered Henri Nouwen, go check him out. He really touches the core of things spiritual and what […]

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Girl Talk: For the Love, Love, Love of Shoes

“Shoes always make me feel sexy, and they never make me look fat,” said my friend Elizabeth when I asked her what she loves about shoes. Wow! That is so totally true! How can a girl not love a great pair of shoes? I’m on the hunt for some new shoes right now. I’m not […]

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Living: The Explosive Power of Words

Words move me. They always have. Growing up, I was a rock n’ roll fan. My first husband introduced me to country music. When I started hearing the words and stories in that genre, I was totally hooked. Give me a country song, and my whole emotional world starts moving in whatever direction a song […]

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Stitches of Love: The Quilt

Momma is a quilter. Quilting is not exactly a lost art but it is one that is rarer than it used to be. Quilting is one of those skills that was used for a very functional purpose at one time, but is now used to make beautiful pieces of art. For one thing, it takes […]

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Disarming Sadness

I feel sad today. Sometimes it just feels good to say that and for that to just be okay. Sad is just one of my many feelings, and I actually feel really blessed that I can just feel it with no judgment. The rest of the world is not always so easy about accepting it. […]

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Girl Talk: Loving My Skin

I have spent a great deal of my life worrying about, fixing and spending money on my hair. And, if you’ve seen pictures of my hair, you know it probably needs controlling. It can be a wild, unruly curly mess. But, hair is only on my head for a short time. It grows and gets […]

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Another Voice: Get Strong

Originally posted on RUNMEM:
Weekly Workouts One main objective of this blog is to include all aspects of my life on the run.   I’d like to do a better job of incorporating the wide variety of workouts that accompany my training outside of the actual time on the road.  Strength training is monstrously important,…

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