A love letter to one of my greatest loves

My dear Emily: My oh my, where has the time gone? Here we are. You are graduating high school. You are venturing off onto your own life. A life that will take you from your little bedroom down the hall to a little dorm room miles away. Over the last four years we have watched... Read more »

The Big Apple with my Big Girl

I’m so excited to get on my way with my oldest girl to New York! I am taking her for Spring Break as an early high school graduation gift. Not only am I excited to spend this time with her, but I’m excited to watch as she experiences the city that she says she wants... Read more »

Sparkle and darkness - keeping each in its place

I’ve been so busy living my life lately that I have not had much time -or energy- to write about living. Bittersweet has become a place where I evaluate, explore and share experiences I’ve gone through or have witnessed. I write about events and such when I think others may relate or care a bit.... Read more »
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He made the climb

This week was an amazing time for my husband Tony and I was lucky enough to share it with him. He was recognized by his company for his enduring hard work, dedication, achievement and loyalty. He was honored for his perseverance … his climb. We have been married for almost 20 years and Tony has... Read more »

Woof! A book that celebrates personality, old age and our favorite, furry four-leggers

Did you ever see a dog and think, that dog reminds me of someone? Maybe an old man who lives down the street or your crazy old Uncle Bob? Well, I recently came across a little 6 by 6 square-shaped coffee table book that quite eloquently addresses just that type of occurrence: Dogs with Old... Read more »

2014 - A great time to reset

I have written four stories already on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 for the four Shaw Media magazines I contribute to. I interviewed at least eight different “experts” addressing the obvious topics of losing weight, eating healthier, being more organized and spending more time with family. But the most helpful advice I learned for starting... Read more »
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Clara Kirk needs our help: deadline is looming

Clara Kirk has spent her life helping those in need. She helps shelter and care for abused women and their children. Clara Kirk is there when others are not. Clara Kirk is there when the men who said they’d love these women forever showed they were liars. Clara Kirk is a tiny 72-year-old widow who... Read more »

So many in need, who do you help?

The holidays are a beautiful time to reflect on your faith, those you love and the blessings you are grateful for. But we can’t deny that this also can be a tough time of year for families everywhere. Even if you have a good job, a typical family usually has each dollar earmarked for a... Read more »

It really is a wonderful life George Bailey

Did you ever wonder how those around you, or anyone with whom you’ve interacted with along life’s winding path, whether in great or small ways, would have been had you never been born? George Bailey got to see such a scenario play out in It’s a Wonderful Life, a classic movie no doubt anyone over... Read more »
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Helping Clara's cause

  I’d like to re-share my post about Clara Kirk, founder of Clara’s House and Clara’s Place, now that I have officially set up a fundraising site to help her continue to help the many abused and homeless children in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Please help me in raising $500 by Dec. 21. Please donate by... Read more »
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