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Christmas Is Canceled

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Let’s just say that I’m happy the holidays are over. I’m sure many of you have stories to share…and so do I. Why do we put pressure on ourselves to create the perfect holiday season? I have three children – ages 17, 15 & 12 – and for some reason, they weren’t excited about the holidays this year and neither was I. I’m sure it was a combination of things. The kids are getting older, they have bigger “wants”, we weren’t having family in town this year, etc. The day came when it was time to drive out to Babbitt…

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Gift Wrap or Saran Wrap?

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The art of giving is a beautiful thing.  With the holiday season upon us, what is the best gift to give to the one you love? It was 21 years ago that I married the love of my life.  We began our adventure of life together by moving to Kentucky, so that he could start his neurosurgery residency.  Back then, residents worked about 120+ hours a week during their six year residency program.  I worked as well, long hours, but not quite as long as him.  As newlyweds, we didn’t have a care in the world.  No kids and no…

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Gratitude

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The holidays are upon us and the craziness of it can be overwhelming and stressful.  I’d like to remind myself and others of what is important.  The simple beauty of the holiday season while being grateful for all we have and remembering to enjoy our time with family and friends. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough and more.  Gratitude turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order and confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  It turns problems into gifts,…

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Playboy or Internet Porn?

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I am a mother of three teenagers, one of them being a 15 year old boy.  What mother would consider the option of a Playboy for her teenage son over the alternative – internet porn?  I am that mother. I grew up in a house with two sisters.  I never had a brother.  As a young girl in my teens, I remember visiting an aunt & uncle and the scandalous Playboy magazines that were in their bathroom.  At that age, I was shocked.  I’d never seen a Playboy before.  Why would someone look at something like that?  The thought of…

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Imogene

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Imogene Pass Run…what the hell is that and why would someone choose to do it? I set out to do my first Imogene Pass Run in 2001.  We had just moved back to Flagstaff and I used to be a river runner in the Grand Canyon as well as an experienced hiker – so who can’t hike 17 miles up and over a pass?  The Imogene  race begins in Ouray, CO at elevation 7810 ft. and ends in Telluride, CO at elevation 8750 ft.  Only a slight difference of 940 ft elevation change.  It can’t be that bad.  But try…

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