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What Makes Today Holy

Here it is, my first whisper-quiet, blank-canvas Saturday of 2015. The family still sleeps, and there’s a smoothness to this return to normalcy after all the holiday bustle, the houseguests, and the winter sicky bugs. Like a glassy mountain lake at dawn. What Pandora playlist could be worthy to fill this sacred stillness of my […]

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How to Have a Happy Childhood—at Any Age

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. A close friend shared that gem with me recently, something she took away from her Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) study. I’m so proud of her, doing whatever it takes to come to terms with her broken road. And truly, we all walk a broken road, don’t […]

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What Matters More than the Choices We Make

In September, my high desert world turns all golden. It starts down low, as the native grasses go to straw. Then seemingly overnight, yellow tips appear on the rabbitbrush that superabounds in our neck of the woods. And now, twice a day—at seven in the morning and again at 3:30—a school bus grinds to a stop […]

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Why You Might Want to Stop Reading This

Remember when running wasn’t a thing? In the late 70s, we were only just starting to try on the term aerobic for size. Then Jim Fixx’s The Complete Book of Running hit the shelves, introducing the concept of running, or “jogging,” for health . . . and for pleasure. For the first time, Americans weighed […]

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