24 Candles

June 25th, 2014
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Thousands of babies are born every day but today I am focused on one particular birth that happened 24 years ago.

Please indulge me a bit while I use today’s post to send birthday love and well wishes to my sweet son.  I wish I could be with you today, but since I can’t, I am sending you the biggest birthday hugs in celebration of your special day!! Happy Birthday Ryan!

You are a healing and energetic bundle of unique talents and skills and you are always ready to share them with whoever you think might need them.  When I … Read More


June 23rd, 2014
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Hi Resilient Readers!  Weekends go by waaaaaaay too fast don’t they? Hopefully your weekend was just one big stress free zone! Saturday night my son and I went to a Nationals baseball game for his upcoming birthday.  A big shout out to one of my fantastic sisters and her husband for tickets and PARKING — which is even better than tickets!!!  Our seats were great, third level behind home plate.  Here was our primo view of the game: Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC It’s a beautiful stadium and it’s well run, so if you ever get a chance to visit,… Read More

Camera Magic

June 19th, 2014
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This week I wisely listened to one of my sisters who persuaded me to mix it up and attend an incredible reception at the National Geographic Society for Annie Griffiths (http://www.anniegriffiths.com/about/), one of the first women photographers to work for the iconic global magazine National Geographic. Annie Griffiths At National Geographic Reception.Photo By Me I wasn’t familiar with Annie Griffiths work but the event sounded like fun so I went with my sister and her husband. For me, the magic of photography is in its’ ability to spontaneously capture, in a split second, the unique look or movement of a… Read More

Nico To The Rescue

June 17th, 2014
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Wow! Sometimes all you need is an unscheduled block of time and the patience of a friend to hold your hand while you learn something new. Whether we are ready or not, life brings us changes every day.  Some put us on a new road and others can be annoying potholes and puddles.  And then there are the exciting and fun changes that also come into our lives.  I don’t mind a certain amount of change.  But the stress-o-meter goes out of control for me when too much change happens at the same time  Still, I tell myself: change is… Read More

Daddy’s Way

June 15th, 2014
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I wonder what our lives would be like today if he were still alive? This question keeps rolling over in my mind as I stand in a stationary store, browsing through the Father’s Day cards, trying to find a card to give my wonderful 87-year-old Dad but also thinking of the emptiness of the day for my son whose father died when he was thirteen years old. Of course there is no way to know what life would be like if my husband, my son’s father, was still alive and with us, but that doesn’t stop my meandering mind from… Read More

Great Personal Expectations

June 11th, 2014
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When I am feeling vulnerable from making a mistake or stressed out from a work project or just plain personally overloaded by my life, I try to find something that will feed my inner resources.  Something that will feed my soul. If something goes wrong or becomes overwhelming or things in general don’t feel as though they are in sync in a good way, then I know I need to find a sweet spot where I can take a break and treat myself to something positive.  Not anything big or expensive.  Just something that makes the clouds break and brings… Read More

I’m Still Here

June 9th, 2014
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I’m still here. These are words of determination and strength.  They come from facing up to a cold hard truth about a new reality that life has given us to handle.  It could be the loss of a loved one or an unexpected and tragic diagnosis, accident or attack.  The person saying these words  is often trying to tell you that they are still searching or have found a new way to live through the pain and suffering of this change in their life. I’m still here. I used these words many times after my husband died.  For me they… Read More

A Lost Graduation

June 5th, 2014
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We all have sat through graduation ceremonies that we thought would never end. The reading of the names of the graduates seems to go on and on and I usually zone out until I hear the name of the person that I care about.  Then I suddenly pay attention, take a few pictures and clap and yell for the graduate I know. But as mundane and routine as a graduation ceremony can sometimes be, think about the families behind each one of those names and the hours of work and the years of love and constructive support that went into… Read More

An R&R Weekend

June 2nd, 2014
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This past weekend the weather in my part of the world was picture perfect and I took advantage of it by visiting my wonderful son who lives in Richmond and also helping my talented sister and friends sell their crafts at a local fair. Oh my goodness unplugged, unfiltered, unscheduled time just feeds my soul to the max! On a bridge overlooking the James River & the city of Richmond It was a weekend of forgetting about my usual chores and errands and just spending time with people I  love and care about.  My feeling is there will always be… Read More