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Don't Harbor Unforgiveness

His mother left him and his father turned his back on him.” These words struck me like a bolt of lightening. They were words spoken directly to me. They depict a part of my life that I failed to acknowledge. A part of my life that I suppressed. A part of my life that I chose to ignore. Failure to acknowledge. Suppression. Ignoring. None of these things cause the past to flee. These things do not cause the past to change. Nor do they allow for full ability to walk into true purpose and authority. This is not an isolated story.
With a human service and child welfare background, I know firsthand that this story is one in a million. But we also see it every day.
If you're like me, you sometimes find your escape in movies and television series. Instead of spending time in your own realities, you spend time watching scripted realities. It's an opportunity to disengage ourselves from the characters on the screen. It's a way to passively accept or criticize the situations presented.…

The Next Chapter

September 13th  It's an annual holiday that marks a new chapter for me. It's the start of MY new year. While many people look at the calendar year to set goals for themselves, I look at my life cycle. Each year that I have an opportunity to breathe new life, is my opportunity to breathe new goals.

Think about it: As a small child, we celebrate our birthday with a cake covered with lit candles. After a cute song, we are encouraged to make a wish and them to seal the wish with blowing out the candle. The ceasing of the fire signifies the end of the old and the beginning of the new. We blow out the candles with a bout of expectation. Yes, you did too. When you blew those candles out, you were hopeful that you wish would come true. Why else would you have closed your eyes, smiled, took a deep breath, and blew? You were moving into your your next chapter, with hope.

This year, I received an extra special gift.

All gifts are special in their own but this one will be unforgettable

It …

Our Pressure Washer

You know the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind."
Often times, when things and people are not consistently in our view, we lose sight of those them. We sometimes forget that they exist. We fail to maximize the utility of the things. We fail to recognize the full potential of people.
This even rears its ugly head within my family.
My husband and I often refer to ourselves as the Greenhouse Effect 6. Most people easily recognize five family members, my husband and I and three daughters. I'm sure there are some who silently wonder about the number six. Yes, we have a dog. But, no. Mystic is not the representative of the number six.
The sixth member of our family is my 20-year old son who lives in Maryland with his Mother. He has lived with us on and off over the years. He doesn't get to visit often but there is still a connection.
Even in his absence, he is still an important part of our family. Similarly, my husband recently did some work on our home and pulled out our pr…