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Anger Management

People who know me primarily through my Facebook page will probably be surprised to find out that I struggle with anger management. Perhaps it’s time to come clean about that. Many years ago, I decided to start a gratitude journal…
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Inspirational Stories Are Hard to Tell

It’s counter-intuitive, but the closer I get to writing about the most inspirational year of my life, the harder it is for me to sit down and actually do it. Followers of my story may have noticed that I’ve stalled…
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Yellowstone Journal, Part 2

I don’t think Yellowstone has changed much since my childhood visit in 1972. Oh, there are more cars, more tour buses, more parking spaces, lots more people – and the resulting trash and general chaos. Still, the Park endures with…
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Becoming An Outdoors-Woman

I attended my first Becoming An Outdoors-Woman event at the boy scout camp near Osceola, Missouri in September of 1997. That weekend adventure would become so very important to me because it introduced me to an idea that I hadn’t…
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Spring Forward Tonight

Tonight we “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time and lose an hour’s sleep. I have never been a fan of changing the clocks, and there’s research that suggests that it’s not healthy for us. Nevertheless, tomorrow most of us in…
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My Top 13 List of Books Read in 2018

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life – Joseph Addison I’ve been keeping track of the books I read since January, 1998. My system is to write them down in a notebook I keep by…
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Winter Solstice 2018

Tonight is the winter solstice. It’s the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Winter begins, and we already have snow on the ground here in Council, Idaho. There’s a full moon – the aptly named “Cold Moon”…
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Driving (Reluctantly), Part I

Did you know that there’s a word for the fear of driving? It’s called vehophobia. Turns out that it’s not a particularly rare fear. In an earlier post, I wrote that my paramedic friend helped me plot a route to…
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Published! Free on Kindle Thanksgiving Week.

And just like that, I’m an author. 199 words on gratitude just got me published in an eBook on Amazon. I downloaded and read a copy last night. Over 100 writers contributed essays, and I am thrilled to be included!…
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Of Good Men and Gunsmoke

They laid a good man to rest in Bates County, Missouri on Wednesday. After a 30 year career as a paramedic and part time deputy, my former coworker  succumbed to cancer. He was only 58. Like all the good men…
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