Jan
31
A Sensitive Boy
Filed Under (bullying, feelings, Something To Think About, Uncategorized)

Part I:  A Vicious Cycle Once upon a time there was a sensitive boy.  He cried at the drop of a hat.  This annoyed the boy’s father who tried to toughen him up.  “Don’t be a sissy!” Dad said, which made the boy want to cry even more. But he knew it wasn’t safe. Instead, [...]

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Jul
23
Blameless
Filed Under (Something To Think About)

As rare as a pearl in an oyster is the person who takes full responsibility for herself.  When a pearl like this does appear, it is cause for celebration.  Today I celebrate such a pearl – a friend whose recent misfortune could have been cause for her to lay blame and shame. Having no responses [...]

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Jan
16

I’m not a fan of the New Year’s Resolution ritual.  I find it unsavory practice to form intentions on cue as if it were as unquestionable a necessity as drinking water.  I admit I have an exaggerated distaste for a potentially positive practice.  But my experience with resolutions repeatedly demonstrates a set-up for failure.  Thus, I [...]

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Dec
30
Believing in Magic
Filed Under (Friday - Fun and Family, Something To Think About)

If the Tooth Fairy hadn’t fallen asleep before doing her job, a certain 10 year old might have continued to believe in fairies, Santa, and a candy-delivering bunny.  As it were, the whole lot was exposed at once.  The tragic reveal went something like this:   Daughter: “Mom, the Tooth Fairy didn’t come!” <sniffle> Mom: [...]

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Aug
17
Chasing Beautiful
Filed Under (feelings, self-esteem, Something To Think About)

“Who does the mirror say I am?  Could I be like someone who matters even for a moment?  Chasing beautiful.” These words stopped me dead in my tracks when I first heard them sung by Heather Vassar.  In her song titled Chasing Beautiful Heather captures the desperation of a girl searching for her own beauty.  [...]

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