Neighborhood Mentality

I wonder if I should blame Mr. Rogers & Sesame Street for my fascination with community. That song, Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood, plays in my head when I take walks around my home. When I come in from taking a walk I want to change into a different sweater and shoes. I take walks almost every day with one or more of my kids. In December we found some treasures on our …

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Why I Have Hope, Part 1

It was a big deal when my brother started to come to school with me. We could walk together, to and from, and I felt like such the big sister. I was very proud of my position.   I don’t remember the first time it happened, someone pointing out that my brother did not have the same color skin as me. I do remember the day I decided I wasn’t going to take it anymore, …

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Home Again

Our family traveled a lot when I was a kid. We took short trips, long trips, and sometimes just day trips. I loved going, seeing new places, but also knowing that we shared the same sky, the same moon no matter where we were. I can sleep so well in a car, probably because of all that traveling. One of my favorite memories is lying in the back our big yellow van, my head against …

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When Suddenly Comes Around

Life is really all about waiting.   When you’re a little kid you wait to grow up. Upon growing up you wait to get married. After  waiting to get married you wait for the right moment to have a baby until you realize that there is no perfect juncture to adding a new life to two . It just happens and you go forth into the adventure dumber than you realize. Once the baby comes …

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