Tag: forgiveness

Responding to my Facebook comments troll and the irony of it all

Responding to my Facebook comments troll and the irony of it all
Never ever ever have I responded to a comments troll, but this time I feel compelled to. Not because he’s worthy of a response, but because the response I started to write and the post I started to write them on made the entire situation ironically funny! On July 6th, 2016, I wrote a blog... Read more »

There's no such thing as a white lie - it is just a lie

There's no such thing as a white lie - it is just a lie
Tonight is Blogapalooza – the bloggers here at ChicagoNow are given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit, tweak and publish. Our topic tonight is: “Write about a time you told a lie” (It can be a little white lie, a whopper of epic proportions or something in the... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience
If you’ve been following along, you know that my oldest, a 13-year-old 8th grader, suffers from the impulse control disorder (ICD) called Trichotillomania. Trich for short. Trich is the most common ICD nobody’s ever heard of. People with trich impulsively pull out the hair on their bodies, usually without realizing it. My girl pulls out... Read more »
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30 years later - what would she think of me now?

30 years later - what would she think of me now?
Thirty years is a long time for anything. If you get to 30 years of marriage, people cheer for you. If you live to the age of 30 years, people celebrate with you. If you make it to your 30th high school reunion, people reminisce with you. However, when 30 years goes by after losing... Read more »

He yelled at me, but my answer stopped him cold

He yelled at me, but my answer stopped him cold
He yelled at me, but my answer stopped him cold. Who is “he”? My dad. Sheesh, was he mad. Before I can tell the story, I need to set the scene… I was in college as a commuter. Working 3 part-time jobs to help off-set tuition, fees and books, I rarely had money to eat... Read more »

Joyful and Healing: I am home

Joyful and Healing: I am home
I am joyful and healing, because I am home. Over the last few months, I’ve gone through the agonizing process of leaving a church home and finding a new one. The process would not have been agonizing if I’d just followed God’s lead in the first place. You can read the early posts, Heartbroken and... Read more »
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Why my kids will never be perfect

Why my kids will never be perfect
Thhhhhhhwwwwuump! That’s what I heard as my youngest was cutting up her toaster waffles. She had asked me to cut them up for her – I said no. She’s 10 and needs to do it herself. Not because I don’t want to do it for her, but rather, because she’s 10 and needs to do... Read more »

A bully's impact 35 years later

A bully's impact 35 years later
I can’t stand bullies, name-calling, dragging people down and hurting people with words; a bully’s impact can linger even 35 years later. Today’s bullies are bigger cowards than the ones I faced in junior high. At least my bully bullied me face-to-face. We didn’t have the internet, social media and cellphones with digital cameras. The... Read more »

How having an HMO for health insurance has failed my child

How having an HMO for health insurance has failed my child
From my two previous posts, Ice skating: 4 skates, 2 wrists and an E.R., and Trichotillomania, left wrists and dislocated thumbs: why this mom totally lost it today, many of you know that my girls got hurt 20 minutes apart the very first time they went ice skating. This should be the final installment in this... Read more »
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Concealed carry is an enormous responsibility

Carrying a concealed weapon is an enormous responsibility. I knew this; deep inside, I really knew this. However, after taking the concealed carry class required by the Illinois State Police in order to obtain a license to carry, the enormity has truly sunk in. Last weekend, I spent 16 hours in class and on the... Read more »