Parable of the Red Kitchen Aid

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“It’s enough for me – my life. It’s enough” I read that line in a beautiful book, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. I stopped reading immediately and wrote down that line on a piece of paper. “It’s enough for me – my life. It’s enough.” Don’t you love that sentiment? It made me put down a very good book because I wanted to remember that one line. My life really is enough for me. In fact, it’s more than enough. But sometimes I let the things I want overshadow what I have. I … [Read more...]

Gratitude 2016

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So it's Thanksgiving eve. Our tables are set. Pie crusts are baked and ready to fill. Turkeys are in the fridge ready to be roasted. And, snow is swirling outside. For the first time in over 30 years, we are ready for a Utah Thanksgiving with our families, including our two daughters. Our son-in-law Josh is in basic combat training for the Army, learning tactical and survival skills, along with how to rappel, march, and shoot. When we see him at Christmas, he will be a trained … [Read more...]

Proud to be an American

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Hoping to beat the crowds, I went to the polls this morning about 6:30. There was already a long line. Despite the fact I wasn't happy with my choices, I was struck by the beauty of the experience. I get to vote. I get a say.   I was standing across the aisle from a soldier and his wife. He was dressed in his military uniform -- physically fit, handsome, and calm. His calm really struck me.   Finally I said quietly, "Who do you want to be your Commander-in-Chief?" "I'm in … [Read more...]

Old Friends New Friends

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One of our friends recently visited from Virginia and said, "I have to admit we're feeling a little abandoned. It's like you're so happy here that you've forgotten all of us at home in Virginia." Oh, no. That, my friends, is not true. Never, ever will we forget you, and never will you be replaced. While life in Utah is good so far, I've definitely been homesick for old friends. (If you've been a follower of my blog, you've read several other posts on how I value my friends. Here, here and … [Read more...]

Welcome Home

Several years ago, I interviewed Jeanne Marie Laskas, a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, who wrote the weekly column Significant Others. I asked her how she came up with a column topic every week for over 14 years. She said her ideas came from thinking about what moved or touched her that week. I often ask myself the same question when trying to come up with a blog topic. What has caused an emotional reaction in me? The answer to that question came instantly this morning  -- the … [Read more...]