Baby Steps Toward an Old Fear

A few weeks ago, I was in the Smoky Mountains for a camping vacation with my spouse. The first morning we set out on an adventure – a hike to the top of Rich Mountain to see the fall colors pouring into the valley. The night before, I had fallen asleep reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It’s the story of her solo 1100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest…

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Let’s get naked!

“How many times do I have to tell you to blah-blah-blah!”  Nagging. It’s just not that sexy. Let’s face it. We have a long to-do list and we’d sure like some help getting things done. The problem comes in when we hound our spouse to do a task that’s been on the list for, well, eons. He pushes back or ignores our pleas. We feel irritated or dejected. Nobody is…

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Minute Vacations

SLOW ME DOWN, PLEASE No time for a beach trip? How about taking minute vacations? Wilferd Arlan Peterson writes: Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace. Teach me the art of taking “minute vacations”…slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book. Give me, amidst the day’s confusion, the…

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But I hate my Biology teacher

She was the bane of my existence, my nemesis, my arch enemy. I hated her with a passion heretofore untapped. She fully returned the disdain. After living in our hometown for 13 years, my parents moved the family, including me, to a new city.  I lobbied hard to get left behind at my best girlfriend’s house. After all, Kathy had all the perks of only-child-dom. A canopy bed and a…

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White space…a day to follow your nose

  You turn the page or click over to the coming week and there it is. A big white rectangle. Nothing scheduled on that day. Nada. With a sharp inhale, you thumb through your mind searching for the appointment you’ve surely forgotten to write in. Dentist, lunch date, sports practice, report due, haircut? Ack…this can’t be right! You begin to feel a tickle of anticipation. Can it be true? On…

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