Getting It Right the First Time

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How often have you stressed about something because you misunderstood what you heard? If you’re upset about something you were told – ask questions – clarify – be sure you understand. Communicating thoughts and feelings is complicated. We don’t always get it right the first time. This was my post on Facebook recently. The thought

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What Are Your Favorite Leftovers?

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In addition to Black Friday, the hottest topic the day after Thanksgiving is Leftovers. You know, the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, corn casserole and pie, pie and more pie! Where do you put them? When will you eat them? Who can you invite over so you don’t eat them all? and How soon can

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Even Wonder Woman Needs a Respite

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Say It Out Loud /Chapter 4: Creating a Respite The word respite is defined as a usually short interval of rest or relief. In the context of this book, a respite is a brief time when your mind is not embedded in thoughts of abuse, treatment, and emotional pain and life resembles normalcy.             The

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Goldilocks Didn’t Settle. Why Would You?

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  A recent set of events has left me thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You know the fairy tale–Papa Bear’s porridge was too hot, Mama Bear’s was too cold but Baby Bear’s porridge was just right! In search of a church for the winter months, Tim and I found three in our area. The first, an

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Family: Not by Blood Alone

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What makes a family a family? Some would stick with the traditional definition: persons closely related by blood. I refer to that as a biological family. For me family encompasses so much more, sometimes not including the “related by blood”component. The two elements I consider crucial to defining family are; unconditional love and emotional support. Unconditional love is

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Traditions & Triggers: Take Back the Power

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  “TRADITION” Can’t you hear Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof belting out that song? All cultures love tradition. We celebrate birth, death and holidays in traditional ways passing them down from generation to generation. This season is particularly steeped in tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanzaa or no holiday at all you are

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Lessons From a Lifelong Learner

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I claim to be a lifelong learner, a trait most teachers share. I love learning something new and sharing that knowledge with others. If you’ve been following my blog you’re probably saying, “we get that about you Roberta!” Well, please bare with me while I share two lessons learned since my last post. In “Lemons to Lemonade” I

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When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade

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One of the first things you learn in any writing workshop is to avoid using clichés. However, its very tempting isn’t it? Sometimes they say exactly what we are thinking and hey, they’re cute, funny and sometimes even sassy. One website, ClichéSite.com lists 95 clichés just beginning with the letter ‘A’ so as speakers and

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