acceptance

Plenty To Be Thankful For

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” –Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden I take a deep breath and sigh looking around my house that is packed full of boxes and the walls bare. I don’t even recognize my own life. It’s so unfamiliar. My husband isn’t…

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Alarm Dog

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” -Charles M. Schulz “What is going on?” I come downstairs to our black Goldendoodle, Nala, in full- fledged Cujo mode at the front door. She is giving it her all:…

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Plenty to Be Thankful For

It’s over! The election is over. Everyone take a deep breath and exhale. We made it. The world did not split open and swallow up America over night. There was no zombie apocalypse, or locust plague. But, instead the sunrise greeted us in the early hours like it does everyday. And, one thing is for…

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Happiness is….

“Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.”–Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky Ding…Ding….I’m in such a deep sleep, I actually think I dream the noise. Ding…Ding…yes, this time I know it’s for real. I struggle to make my eyes open…

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Beautiful America

America! America! God shed His grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!-Katherine Lee Bates (1904) A couple of years ago, my family and I went on a cross-country trip. Now, when I say “my family and I” I mean my extended family, too…my parents, my sister and her family, and…

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Bad News

“The bad news is nothing lasts forever, the good news is nothing lasts forever.” –J. Cole I came home from a nighttime run to the drug store. I’d just received a phone call from my ex-husband telling me that he is going to be taken into jail the next morning. It was not a very…

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The Kid Who Wouldn't Eat

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien “I won’t eat it!!” I screamed. “You didn’t put sugar on it, and it’s going to taste bad.” I feel the tears go down my cheeks and drip off my chin. I see the…

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The Legacy

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” –Robert Frost We are almost there! My sister and I raise our hands as our parents go faster and faster over the little hills that lead to my nonna and poppy’s house in Arkansas. It’s like our very own personal…

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What Could've Been

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” –John Green, The Fault in Our Stars I grimace in my sleep. My eyes open immediately. Oh gosh, I’m in so much pain. It’s the kind of pain where you break out in a cold sweat. I get up out of bed. What time is it?…

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Sticks and Stones

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” –Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Why do you feel the need to leave every night? Why don’t you want to stay around and be with me? I remember asking my ex-husband these questions right before my little world…

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