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Today’s Smile

Four years ago, about two weeks before the holidays, I went to the mall (my mistake) and got caught up in all of the hustle and bustle. Someone cut me off to get the perfect parking space and another rushed past to get ahead as I approached the cashier to pay for my purchase. It […]

My Incredible Shrinking Life

I made an amazing discovery the other day; my life has gotten smaller. Now, you are probably thinking, “What does she mean?” and “How could you not notice your life shrinking?” I’ve been described as wildly optimistic and positive, personality traits that perhaps contributed to my lack of awareness about my shrinking life. I’ve focused […]

My Birthday, Something to Celebrate

How I love to celebrate my birthday! In case you missed one of the billboards I jokingly refer to placing, it’s today, October 10th and I am thrilled to be sixty-two years old. People often ask why my birthday is so important to me. It’s an easy explanation. In 1980, I was diagnosed with lupus. […]

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

“Not all who wander are lost.” Attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien, this is perhaps my favorite quote because I have a terrible sense of direction. When I’m with my parents, favorite tales around the family dinner table often revolve around the time after I got my driver’s license at age sixteen. My family would see me […]

From Insurance-centered Care to Patient-centered Care

I have a very finicky immune system. It has trouble distinguishing foreign invaders (like viruses) from my body’s own healthy tissues. It often goes on the warpath, misguidedly fighting healthy parts of my body. This happened recently and resulted in a somewhat frantic call from my doctor after she received the results of lab work […]

Where Does Time Go?

Recently I came across an old photo someone posted on Facebook of my daughters with their friends and the Easter Bunny. I’m guessing the girl’s ages were around five and seven at the time the picture was taken. Those same adorable faces are now thirty and thirty-three. I’m not a particularly nostalgic person, nor one […]

I’m In a Hurry

On one of my recent daily walks, I finished an audio book I’d been listening to before completing my route home. I decided a little upbeat music might help me finish and so I touched the audio player screen to launch my Top 25 Most Played playlist. I hadn’t listened to these songs in awhile […]

Controlling the Uncontrollable

I know the title of this post is misleading. Things are rightly called “uncontrollable” simply because they cannot be controlled. We all have things like this in our lives— the weather, health issues, the behavior of other people and aging to name a few. I often speak about controlling the things we can control and […]

Winning the Lottery

Years ago our family of four had piled into the minivan and was heading home from a great vacation in the Florida Keys. We had driven for a few hours and decided that our two young daughters could use a break (meaning they were getting antsy and our patience was running low), so we stopped […]