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The Affection-Starved Marriage

Someone asked: “How do I teach my spouse to show me affection?” There are many strategies I could list, but first I suggest considering three questions: 1. Why do you want more affection? I know, it’s obvious, right? Doesn’t everyone want affection? Yes, for the most part (except, of course, for  those people who live in […]


Did the man in the wheelchair need help? I was too wimpy to ask.

Some thoughts on the intersection of bravery and love   On a rare just-warm-enough-to-take-all-your-worries-away summer day, I was on one of those elusive carefree runs during which every footfall came easily and no part of my body was in pain. The sky reflected off the water. Beams of light poked their way through the trees. […]

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Keep Calm, It’s Only a Dream

    I awoke with a start. I heard thumps and squeals. It was 11:30 p.m.  In the other hotel bed, my son was still sleeping. Like my husband, the boy can sleep through just about anything. I, on the other hand, sleep like a mouse cowering in the corner of a snake pit.   […]


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15 Thoughts on Growing Old

There are people who will tell you that you are only as old as you feel. These are the same people who swear that you are not 40+ years old, but rather 40+ years young. They are forever saying things like, “Aging is a state of mind.” All I can say is this: Those people […]

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