Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ocean as Metaphor

The sun was setting in pinks behind the clouds as we got our first glimpse of the ocean last night, and that was all the kids needed to re-energize and awaken. The crash of the surf, the salt air swirling … Continue reading »

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All Anyone Wants is to Belong

On the way home today, I listed to Ira Glass‘ This American Life, and he said in a story about a boy who ran away from home to seek refuge with his idol, sci fi writer Piers Anthony, “he didn’t … Continue reading »

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At the Racetrack

Quiet backroads took me to Grattan Raceway this morning, past lakes and green fields, past corn growing and sleeping houses. When I arrived the 3Balls Racing guys were gathered around the two Kens, listening intently, eager to get on the … Continue reading »

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Do You Realize How Lucky You Are?

Today, I drove over hill and dale to the west side of the state, all eager to discover Grand Rapids. It is beautiful. You can see the sky. And I had no time to walk the streets or browse the … Continue reading »

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Inspiration Is Everywhere

Today, before I begin, I’d like to recommend two stellar blogs: One, by Kevin Stein, a high school friend about the brilliance of laughter. Another, by a guy I don’t know, about the cupcake trend. I love listening to the … Continue reading »

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The Art of Compassion

How many times a day does it happen? Someone frustrates you, cuts you off in traffic, gives you the finger, hangs up on you, or otherwise confounds the potential peacefulness of your day. It’s common, isn’t it? And the automatic … Continue reading »

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Starting Over, Every Day

After all the noise of the day, the evening extends into dawn and the morning comes with the quiet we’ve been waiting for. The air is still. Owls hoot, but we cannot find them on the trees. And so we … Continue reading »

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A Profile of Summer

I never thought I’d say this, but summer feels more hectic than the school year. Ugh. And my kids aren’t climbing the steps to the bus for sleepaway camp, they’re not enrolled in all-day, many-weeks day camps, and they’re not … Continue reading »

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Time Seriously Flies

Some weeks, life just moves so fast.  Days full of work and camp and activities and playdates, followed by hurriedly-prepared dinner that tries to be healthy and evening plans – guests for dinner, the kids want to swim late, sleepovers, … Continue reading »

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Fatal Colorado Shooting: Can’t Let Tragedy Paralyze Us

Have you heard the news today? Twelve dead in a terrifying shooting in a Denver movie theater. Horrible. Frightening. Unthinkable. Thank God we weren’t sitting in that theater, at that time, for that movie. And our prayers go up to … Continue reading »

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