Faith Is . . .

So there’s a lot going on in the world today that I’d like to, but can’t (and really shouldn’t) ignore. I don’t even want to start the laundry list of upset, because I’ll inevitably forget or neglect something or go sideways with it.

As things of late have been happening, I’m understanding more and more there’s a before, during, and after. For everything. Except God. He’s just an all-inclusive is.

My faith has been challenged recently. It’s been uplifted, spun around, trampled on, revived, amplified, and abused. And I’m the prime culprit.

Yet it holds. In the dark thoughts, … read the rest. . .

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You’re Gonna Make It After All.

I have a huge affinity for Mary Tyler Moore; especially the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

I was born in Minnesota, but soon we moved to Michigan. When we returned in my youth for a cousin’s wedding, Dad took great pride in driving us through the intersection at Nicollet Mall and 7th Avenue. I remember being a young girl in the back of the car as he pointed out the exact spot where Mary stood and tossed her hat: a sign of confident independence. I was enthralled. (She’s one of the reasons I love hats so much!)

I grew up with … read the rest. . .

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Dear Amy, I’m Just So Sorry For Your Loss.

Dear Amy,

You don’t know me, but from what I’ve heard in the past two weeks, we would be good friends. I’m a childhood friend of your brother-in-law, Dan.

It was just over two weeks ago that I heard from a friend that his brother passed away.

No. That’s not right.

It was just over two weeks ago that I heard your husband was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Since then, I’ve cried. I’ve prayed. And I’ve paid attention. I’ve wondered what it must be like to be you: a mom with four young children, left alone. … read the rest. . .

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Just Do It.

“If you can imagine it,
you can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
you can become it.”
~William Arthur Ward

“Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you
the strength, the patience, and the passion
to reach for the stars
to change the world.”
~Harriet Tubman

“Find something you’re passionate about
and stay terribly interested in it.”
~Julia Child

“Impossible just means
it hasn’t happened yet.”
~Mabel Bell (my Grandma)

I am unfinished.
I have potential.
I am a

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Destination Station!

As some of you know, I’ve recently been writing reviews for Trekaroo. I love finding little and big places to review. My mental checklist lights up like a neon sign everywhere I go:

Is it family friendly? How expensive is it? What’s the average age range? Is it clean/fun/educational?

I also love reading reviews from other people. Whether it’s a 140-character Tweet or a hundred-page historical guide, I love reading reviews and viewing photos about travel.

So I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to host a link-up where others can share their travel experiences for all to see?

I’m … read the rest. . .

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