For the Love of Reading (Part One)

When my boys were young, they were rambunctious.  I had a difficult time managing their high energy levels as well as my expectations of them.  I had never been tackled-hugged in all my life before having them.  Once they entered my world, tackle-hugs were the norm. Whenever we were home for extended periods, negotiating their

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A Guide to Amazing Conversations

I often wonder, living in a technology obsessed culture the way we do, if the art of conversation is slowly dying out.  To add another layer to the often difficult nature of conversing one-on-one, I also am an introverted writer.  Most times when I am out in the world I find myself struggling to connect

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Proof That You Matter

People show us we matter in a variety of ways.  When we truly matter to someone, they show up for us with comforting consistency.  They answer our calls or texts, even in the middle of the night, and they do so with regularity.  A busy person can still show you that you matter to them.

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The Tale of Two Grandparents

A few weeks back while we were enjoying our holiday break, I was seated in a common area of a family friendly gym we were visiting.  My boys and husband were finishing up the last bit of their workout, and I had a couple of minutes to myself.  As an introvert immersed in the middle

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