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Author: <span class="vcard">Christine</span>

The Value of No

The Value of No

I realized something the other day: When I say “yes” to some things, I’m being selfish. I’m not talking about wanting to eat another cookie “yes,” or buying myself a pair of shoes “yes,” although those are pretty selfish, but the kind of “yes” that […]

Monday Mondays 6.19.17

As this gets published, I’ll be driving to the big city – the REALLY big city – to get my teeth cleaned, get my haircut and go to a funeral. That’s a list, huh? The friend that died was in my German class in high […]

Monday Mondays 5.29.17

Monday Mondays 5.29.17

Is summer almost here? It feels like it, at least, where we live!  I’m one of those people that keeps my windows open until it feels like I’m a chocolate chip cookie getting all gooey in the oven.  With temperatures well above average here, let’s […]

About Your Politics (And Mine…)

About Your Politics (And Mine…)

  Confession: I didn’t vote for the candidate who is currently the President of the United States. And I also didn’t vote for the candidate that won the popular vote. (I did vote, however. I consider voting to be a privilege and why would I […]

Of Baths and Bombs

When I was young, I read all the time. Everywhere. Everywhere, all the time. At breakfast I read cereal boxes. In my grandparents’ basement, I read (really) old Life magazines. At the dentist, I read Highlights magazine. During non-school, non-play, non-homework time, I could be […]

Change… How DO You Change When Reality is Really Hard?

Change… How DO You Change When Reality is Really Hard?

  When I was growing up, a friend of my parents was driving her daughter to the mall one day.  She and her daughter were enjoying time together, laughing and talking about the kind of prom dress the daughter was looking for, when suddenly, a bicyclist […]

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

I know a lot of mothers. Shoot, I am one.  If I had to guess at the one thing that most consistently goes through the heads of almost all of the moms I know it’s this: “Am I doing it right?” From the first moment […]

You Don’t Know what You Don’t Know

You Don’t Know what You Don’t Know

The other day my husband and I were talking about some choices that one of our kids was thinking about making, maybe a little too hastily.  It’s hard to tell your kids that life is longer than one day, you know?  Not everything has to be […]

Only God Gets to Define Us

Only God Gets to Define Us

How often do you let others perceived expectations of you define you? I know I have. I know I do. Think hard about it.  Do you let someone’s else’s desires, wishes or hopes for you drive your life?  Has your boss told you that you […]

Monday Mondays 4.24.17

A year ago, I was here:  at Paul, in Paris.  One of few chain restaurants in France, the food is consistent, with luscious macarons, baguettes, and brioches.  (The best were the kalamate olive baguettes!) It was close to our hotel, and still retains that “French boulangerie” […]