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I am a mother of three, sharing my journey of hope and survival following the loss of our son...

  • Friends and Foes

      “…See we need a law that makes being stupid illegal.”       Baby girl called me this afternoon; she wasn’t feeling well physically or mentally.   In addition to having a stomach virus, some caustic commentary about the proposed legislation bearing her brother’s name pierced her heart.       She wanted to see if we were aware of it and if so, how we felt about it.       ...

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  • PSA, Part 2

        The alarm clock went off awfully early Tuesday morning; although I longed to burrow beneath the warm covers for a few hours more, I forced myself up and shuffled into the bathroom to get dressed.         I had work to do.         There was a classroom of students expecting me, several counties away…       It’s just another surprising aspect of this journey I’m on&he...

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  • Bigger Plan

      From the very day we lost Brian, I firmly believed there was something more…something bigger, a grand, infinite plan so large and intricately designed it was far beyond my limited vision, imagination and comprehension.   I knew then, as I know now, that Brian completed his work in this world and that in doing so, he opened a door for me to commence with mine…   About this time five years ago, I wrestled with an idea born during the many sleep-deprived ...

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  • Hope for a Day

      After an especially hectic and challenging week, I felt really discouraged. The presentation I scheduled five months ago cancelled and while the reason was valid, it was just another disappointment atop of many… Road-weary and worn down, I needed a boost, some small sign to lift my tired soul… I shuffled through the latest stack of student surveys and at the bottom, I found an unmarked envelope I’d forgotten about. Inside, there were letters writ...

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  • Life Perspective

        When the absolute worst thing you never imagined happening to you has, your perspective on life is never the same…       I have experienced more dark moments during the last two thousand sixty-seven days than I care to consciously consider.   No matter how deeply I despaired at times, I promised myself I would not become that person, the one who responded to someone else’s distress by saying “At least no one died.” &...

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  • Just another PSA...

      I never really know where this winding road will lead…   In the quest to make a significant difference in our war against distracted driving, I’ve found myself doing things I never, ever contemplated.   The mission continually evolves and to keep it moving forward, so do I…       On Wednesday I had the opportunity to create a brief public service announcement (PSA) / television commercial about the danger of driving distrac...

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  • Birthday Girl

      When I was nearly four, I begged to change my birth date to a different one; I wanted to make it the same as my grandfather’s in March.   I was inconsolable when Momma told me it wasn’t possible…   Later I decided it should be the same as my grandmother’s in January, believing this would fly since her birthday happened to be a mere two days before mine.   Needless to say, I was denied again.   It was one of the first occasions when...

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  • One holiday closer

      A while ago I read somewhere that those who refuse to take time off to rest will eventually be forced to make the time to be sick…       Unfortunately, it’s happened to me enough during this time of year that I have to admit I am one of those people…       Evidently I relaxed just enough on Christmas Eve to let a bug or my allergies take control…   I guess I was so relieved at having completed my h...

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  • A Card Lesson...

        Before December 2008, my holiday routine was fairly set in stone.   While the exact dates of my internal timeline slid back and forth depending upon whether Thanksgiving came early or late, I had most (if not all) of my Christmas preparations completed by the end of the first week of December, save for a few last minute stocking stuffers and baking cookies.       In the ensuing years since, I cannot seem to get it together…   ...

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  • Celebrate Again!

        “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”-Franklin Delano Roosevelt       There is tremendous satisfaction in knowing a much hoped for dream has become a reality.       An entire community came together to pledge and promote safe driving; while the full impact of this heightened awareness may never be known, another outcome is perf...

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