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How merciful God is when it comes to second chances.

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Two and a half years ago, I was blessed with a second chance. At the time I divorced, my faith sustained me, although I can’t say I didn’t have my doubts. I knew my vocation was for family life, but I was suddenly without a family. But six months or so after my divorce was finalized, I “met” a man who has changed my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

The fire I’ve kindled burns less brightly.

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While chatting with my sister recently, she and I had a heart-to-heart conversation about family. Family is a complex topic for me. In the middle of confiding in her my “issues” with certain extended family members, I recalled a cause I vowed to undertake about forgiveness. This is a measurement of how far I’ve come. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Growing up

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March 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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Mother is such a lovely word

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January 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Finishing the race

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December 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Goodbye, Uncle C

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Last weekend, one of my maternal uncles passed away.  He was a “legend” of a high school football coach and that probably explains my fanaticism with the sport, i.e., it runs in the family bloodline.  I was never close to this man, especially not after the death of my mother in 1987.  But it was apparent to me that though he was a man of few words with me, he loved his family very much and was passionate about his coaching. His wife was his sweetheart. I am most sad for her loss.

I am glad that was he able to be surrounded by most of his family when he passed. I hope that loved ones are waiting for him on the other side.  It’s touching to see all of the community outpouring of support for his family. I pray for the repose of his soul.

The evening before he died, I know I was briefly on his mind. I had run into a boardmember for the school district for which he worked.  The boardmember and I got to talking about him and his coaching legacy and the boardmember assured me that he would pass on my greetings when he saw my uncle later that evening.  It was actually the boardmember who informed me of my uncle’s trip to the emergency room the following day, although he mentioned that he had talked to him about our conversation.  It was very serendipitous, but I still get this sense that I had my chance, too, to say goodbye.

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October 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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Rummaging

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I am exhausted.  My old house is no longer mine.  All that was in it is now crammed into my smaller two-bedroom apartment.  Dozens of friends have helped and the depth of my gratitude will have to be expressed once I have slept.

Among many of the items that were in the attic of my house were boxes that contained belongings of my late aunt, grandfather and grandmother.  Read the rest of this entry »

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May 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

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