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School is in session!

School is in session! The children walking past my home office window this morning are still in fresh, bright, new looking shoes and clothes. They have pep in their step and packs on their backs. I too will be starting school! I was accepted to pursue my Editing Certificate at the University of Chicago. Thankfully, I […]

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Dissertation Editing Promotion

Dissertation Editing Promotion

Have a spouse or friend finishing up their Masters or Doctorate? I will be providing 10% off to new, thesis and dissertation clients beginning in August! Dissertation editing can be helpful at all stages of the (often) long process. Feel free to use, or pass along the promo code above. Dissertation/Thesis editing services include: content/grammar review, chapter structure […]

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Surprising Reward

(revised entry from Dec 2011) The overwhelming things I have wanted to do in my life, the things that seemed most impossible in feasibility and practicality, when I have stepped out and just done them, have proven to be most rewarding. I wanted to dance professionally at the start of my college years. To explore […]

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Thoughts on Legacy

I have been thinking a lot. It started with the 24-hour drive back from our family’s Florida vacation, and has continued into the blistering cold of Minnesota’s wind-chill, snow days and tea by the fireplace. I have been thinking about what will matter most when I am old, and my children have their own children. […]

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Being at Home: Part III

She knocks on our front door about once a week and asks all sorts of inappropriate (but sometimes profound) questions, as she stands in the doorway, barely four feet, skinny as a twig. “Why do people make houses this big?” Looking around with her nose wrinkled. “Are those your nails? They look fake.” Grabbing my […]

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Being at Home: Part II

I bought an old, wooden rocker from a local thrift store a couple years back. The seat sits low, with carefully crafted arms and edges that contour and arc. There is a string of flowers painted on the headboard–just asymmetrical enough to remind you that it is handmade. This masterpiece put me back $10. It […]

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Growing Strong

Sixth grade was like tea without sugar or wet socks or a much anticipated  hello directed at the person behind you. It sucked. Everything was about how you looked, it seemed. I didn’t have much going for me. I was short for my age, and skinny, no curves and my hair didn’t ringlet like the other […]

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A new rudder

I was outspoken, often saying words and never thinking about them before (or after) they escaped my mouth. As Proverbs says, “I was like a [madwoman] with flaming arrows or darts” releasing hurt and shame onto others with my wit, and thoughtless jokes or judgmental criticism. The flaming arrows of my childhood, when matched with […]

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Roots

My life seems to have themed seasons. Does yours? Though some are clearer than others, they are always there, often marked by a key word or idea that continually comes up in various conversation, devotions and through readings. Ironically to me, it has even seemed  that each season lasts just long enough for me  to […]

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Pausa

In Spanish, the word for break is Pausa…its Latin root is where we derive the English word Pause.  I heard a lot of Spanish and did a lot of “pausing” this past week. My family took a 10 day vacation to visit my parents at their humble nest in Orlando. Sun and beach and March […]

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