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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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A heart like Clara's

In my life, I have learned there are people whose live’s are so perfect they tend to invent problems and conflicts just to get attention and make their lives appear to be a bit more interesting. Then there is Clara Kirk. At 72 years old, with little means of her own, this beautiful little woman... Read more »

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Yikes, just typing that out makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end)

My high school theater teacher once told our theater class at the beginning of freshman year that when you go to a play you must empty out your brain and set it up on the stage. So that is what I did this weekend when I went to see Sweeney Todd: The Barber of Fleet... Read more »

October is bully awareness and prevention month: Get involved!

My 14-year-old daughter was bullied, and more than once this past year. In each case I stayed calm. I was my daughter’s soft place to fall and a safe place to share. I let the appropriate adults involved in those situations know that there was a bullying issue and I needed their help in keeping... Read more »
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Jerry Kill and his new purpose

Many who know me know that I don’t follow football, much less college football, nor do I know the players’ names, much less the coaches. But now, thanks to epilepsy, I do  know who University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is. Like my own 14-year-old daughter,  Abby, Jerry Kill has epilepsy. He  has recently... Read more »
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