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The Art of Cheerful Expectancy

Five days before Christmas, I sat in a booth with a marble table, swallowing a bite of mint-chip ice cream I’d barely tasted. “Okay,” I said. “Let’s schedule it.” Garth’s eyes danced. “We’re gonna have a baby tomorrow?” I smiled. “We’re gonna have a baby tomorrow.” We’d been huddled in our favorite ice cream parlour […]

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A Simple Christmas Starts with a Simple Advent

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already observing Advent, even if you’re not sure what Advent is. In the 1960s, kids like me growing up near Pacific Grove, California had something major to anticipate in addition to Christmas Day. We didn’t have snow, but we had Candy Cane Lane. Every year, my parents chose […]

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The One Thing We All Need to Can for Winter {Hope}

  Oh, October! So much to admire, to ponder, and only a wisp of time to do either. Here’s the season when creativity comes in gusts but awe strikes me dumb. Plus, I’m overly sentimental and half-crocked on chai tea lattes. I’m like the chunk of Parmesan swimming in a pot of Nana Tosello’s rich […]

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If You Just Don’t Feel Quite At Home

We did it. We downsized. And if I just ignore the island of boxes where the coffee table ought to be, I like our charming new space. So why do I feel so profoundly sad? I took Marie Kondo’s advice and kept only the things that spark joy. Over there on the bookcase is the […]

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Mindfulness for Dummies … and New Empty-Nesters

Recently I retired as a full-time mommy. In fact, I’m thinking of donating my crown to the Museum of Natural Hilarity. 😉 So now here I am, just me, alone, tapping on keys without interruption. And today the silence hangs heavy and my thoughts turn to what’s next. My future, as an empty-nester. As I […]

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The Untold Story: Yours and Mine

A glint of gold caught my eye, something shiny tucked down in the shag carpet of our guest room-slash-office. Aha! A thin necklace belonging to our oldest daughter (the married one), proof that for several days prior our house had twittered with the happy bedlam of an extended-family visit . . . Days sprinkled with […]

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Treasuring and Pondering

  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. —Luke 2:19   Between the angels and the shepherds, there’s a whole lot of praising and glorifying going on in the Christmas story. But in the center of it all we see Mary, still and serene. Treasuring. Pondering. Here’s what I take from […]

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It’s Still a Wonderful Life

  “That through death he might . . . deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” —Hebrews 2:15   It happened again. Garth and I cried watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It hits too close to home! We get swept away by the tension even though we know the ending. […]

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