Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Just for fun

1. One of my college buddies/fellow English majors/good friends is, evidently, married to a blossoming painter. Though my friend has mentioned his wife’s paintings before, I had no idea until today just how good she is. I mean, the girl has only been dabbling in painting since college, and really just here and there, and […]

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Suffering. Courage. Strength. Honor. Love. Fear. Integrity. Loyalty. These themes, and many others, rise and fall, wax and wane, scream and whisper, throughout The Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve been devouring all three books for the past couple weeks. I’m about 3/4 of the way through the last book and I love the story so much, […]

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Why I love timers

We have roughly five timers strewn around the house. The kids and I use them constantly. When one of the kids asks if he or she can play on the computer, I automatically respond, “Yes, but set the timer for 30 minutes.” At the best of times, I get so wrapped up in my own […]

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Prayers, good thoughts, etc.

Anders is a 13-year-old boy who has been fighting brain cancer for the past 13 months. Brave, strong, persistent and positive, Anders has the maturity and poise of an adult. He has been facing trials that no one, let alone a child, should have to face, yet he does it with such grace and courage, […]

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You may remember that this past summer I had an article on childhood depression in Parenting: School Years. Last week, I posted on my Psychology Today blog, Outnumbered, about some of the behind-the-story details that didn’t make it into my story. Bottom line: It can be an extremely lonely road when you’re the parent of […]

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New Year, New Priorities

Happy 2011! My parents, sisters and I have been discussing the meaning of happiness lately. With a variety of ideas tossed back and forth, I think my sister put it best, at least for me, when she said, “…contentment ultimately is much nicer than happiness, the pursuit of which paradoxically only leads to unhappiness.” Happiness, […]

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