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Expectations

shattered expectations

I sat there with a big smile on my face and my eyes as big as saucers as I practically salivated with expectation. For sure I would be getting the doll that I had pointed out to Mom in the store. Ever since I had shown it to her, I could see myself brushing my doll's hair, putting beautiful outfits … [Read more...]

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The Magic of Gratitude

Walking in the dark

It was almost completely dark. Not a sound was heard except the pattering of the rain on the leaves of the trees. I felt the tears on my face, but they left me cold and without comfort. Every where I looked I saw grey and black as I shivered in the storm. I walked in familiar woods - it all … [Read more...]

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Finding Happy

Happy is YOU!

After I wrote a blog post the other day about Nick Vujicic, I realized that there was a lot left out. For instance, how does one go from sad, depressed, or grief stricken to happy? How do we end up finding happy? Finding Happy We hear Nick talk about the difficulties of having no arms or legs and … [Read more...]

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Change Your Mind and Just Be Happy

Life Without Limits or Limbs

I was just sitting down to work this morning and ran across an article and video that I just HAD to share with you. The video gives a whole new meaning to inspiration. It's about a remarkable man named Nick Vujicic. He was born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome. He has no arms or … [Read more...]

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The Universe Connects and Empowers Us

The Universe is our Guide and Friend

My Mom and The Universe The beautiful words that you see on the above image came to me one day last week as I sat in my Mom's favorite chair. Feeling so lost without my dear sweet friend,  I prayed desperately for some direction and comfort. Sweetly and gently these words bubbled up from some deep, … [Read more...]

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Worth A Thousand Words

horses-gallop

Pictures tell a story, bring light, radiate an energy, lighten a load, cherish our memories, bring joy, reveal anticipation, pass time, portray Truth, congratulate and honor, step us fully into fantasy, bring about change, while away the time, eulogize, memorize, brighten a life, sing, … [Read more...]

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More About Mary

Professor Mary Laprade

Yesterday marked a turning point: we had a memorial (we called it the Celebration of Mary Laprade) for my Mom who passed away  on August 18th, 2013. I have spoken of the strengths and challenges that she and I experienced toward the end of her life in previous posts. But here I would like to share … [Read more...]

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A Time Like No Other

Me and Mom

I had a foundation. I was confident. I was sure of who I was in the world. I knew pretty much where I was going, and how I was going to get there. But then my Mother died. That sounds sudden and harsh, but her death to me was sudden and harsh. Now in these days after, I'm left in a swirl of … [Read more...]

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A Love Like No Other

Sunset

Back in April of this year, I learned that my Mom, Mary Laprade, had been diagnosed with an aggressive t-cell lymphoma; and a rare one at that. Even though I was 3000 miles away on the West Coast and she was on the East Coast in Massachusetts, there was no doubt in my mind where I needed to be - … [Read more...]

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Once In A Blue Moon

Blue Moon

A full moon always brings a chill down my spine. So much power and peace and beauty. Last night was a very special full moon called a Blue Moon. The Farmer's Almanac tells us that "for more than half a century, whenever two full Moons appeared in a single month (which happens on average every 2 1/2 … [Read more...]

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