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Hot Summer

It's summer and it's hot (surprise!) here in North Carolina. Heat brings a slowness to my life that I both dislike and welcome. I always think my summer will be a time to be both productive and adventurous at home, because it's slower at work and the kids are home from school. I'll try new…
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I Took Her for Granted

Nine years ago today, June 13, my mother died. It was unexpected and a shock, though not unanticipated. She had survived breast cancer three times, but the treatment that prolonged her life eventually took it. Looking back I see how much I took my mom for granted. While that's often considered to be a bad…
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Confidence and Emily

I met a friend for lunch yesterday at McAlister's Deli. We were co-workers before she took a position in another city and I miss seeing her every day. We hadn't gotten together since around Christmas, so it was great to catch up in that way that emails and text messages can't. While we were there…
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Senseless Manchester

The Manchester Bombing makes no sense to me. I can understand people bombing a government facility. It represents public policies that make that person(s) feel oppressed and they are fighting "the power". I see how they get there. I can understand school shooters and employees who "go postal". They feel they have been disrespected by…
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