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The Best Things

Recently, Randy and I gathered our six children and their families into one lodge, nestled in a remote area of Arizona, away from any store, restaurant, or amusement park.  It was the best reunion we ever had. At first, we…

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A Page from “The Cancer Effect”

As each day went by after my first chemotherapy, I felt increasingly worse.  I received my treatment on Wednesday and true to prediction,  had reached a low point on Saturday and Sunday.  Nausea was managed by taking the prescribed medicine every four…

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Lighten Up, Mrs. Bretzing

As another school year nears an end, I recall the feelings I experienced as a teacher during those final weeks in May. The students are restless, the teachers are tired, and we can almost taste the sweetness of summer vacation…

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A Mother’s Heartbeat

"Call your mother.  Tell her you love her.  Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.”   Rachel Wolchin A mother’s heartbeat is first heard by the fetus at approximately 18 weeks.  By the time…

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Kids in the Kitchen

Have you ever wondered what cooking looks like from the perspective of a six or seven year old?  Each year I ask my first graders to share their favorite recipes which I compile into a cookbook for Mother’s Day.  Here are a…

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Sedona Vacation Goes South

It was the second week in January, and Randy and I were on the road to Sedona, Arizona for a much anticipated vacation. The month after Christmas is always a let-down for me, and so my thoughtful husband planned a…

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May I Have the Results of the Jury?

I have loaned my child to a stranger. What was I thinking? Previously, I put her in the hands of a family member, finally mustering the nerve to chance her with a friend. Even that was a risk as I…

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