Birthday Love

There are certain times during the year that I am now taking the time to reflect on. New Year’s is one of them; I look back during that calendar year and take stock, what happened last year? What did I learn? What did I overcome? How did I feel overall? How do I […]

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Love Takes Courage

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu There are two statements here, and I will start with the latter one, first. Love takes courage! Within each person, there is a shy kernel of that person’s personality. Call it soul or mind or Freudian […]

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Two Year Old Love

My two-year-old niece, Eva, doesn’t understand what is going on. She doesn’t know why she can’t hug, kiss, or be held by others or why she no longer sees anyone regularly. Or when she does, why are they wearing masks and gloves? All she knows is that she loves her family and friends. […]

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The Magnitude of A Small Gesture

Growing up my family did a lot of camping. Our faith life was always incorporated. No matter where we were, we would find a way to practice. Sometimes there was even a mass at the campground where we were staying. Often, I carried this with me into my 20’s camping with my college […]

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I Walk

Every day, I walk. I wake up early and watch the sky become light. Most days I bundle up in warm clothes, always wishing for warmer weather, yet accepting whatever temperature the day has awoken with. As I accept the weather outside, I accept whatever temperature is inside me. As I walk on […]

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Warm sticky skin on my chest

After a long battleShe sleepsShe wasn’t ready to end the dayLetting go is hardShe nursed but her body kept crawlingBum in the air connected to the mama milkShe pulls herself up, holding my hip with one hand and arches her back to let her head hang, mouth wide open with a smileShe’s impressedUsing […]

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Beyond Love

My mother passed away unexpectedly at the end of January 2020 due to medical complications that resulted in a car crash. My family was devastated. She was just about to retire early, already poured her entire savings into a home in North Carolina and couldn’t wait to go by herself. She loved her […]

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Love inspired love

A labor of Love; that is what drew my eyes to the corner house yard I passed on a daily basis on my way to church or other activities in that part of town. I’d admired the tall, wild looking floral varieties growing along the front walkway. Then I watched in awe as […]

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The Terrible Proposal—15 Years Later

I tease you a lot about your proposal. We’d already been dating more than seven years. We already had a wedding date picked out, already reserved a beautiful villa nestled into the Hill Country of Central Texas. The ring wasn’t as important as the promises we’d already made to each other, the commitment […]

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He said he loved me!

My boyfriend always wished he had a closer relationship with his family. Growing up, he felt more isolated from his siblings because he was so much younger than they were. He moved away from his home town in his early 20s, and his family rarely made an effort to stay in touch or […]

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