A Secret Garden

I know a man who plants lilies in secret spots by the river because he doesn’t have a garden of his own. He doesn’t even have a home, but he loves…

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My father

My father is an interesting man. We have very different perspectives in life, but there is one thing I know where we have common ground: his philosophy about how to…

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Couch Surfing

A few years ago I suffered what we all go through at some point in our lives: immense heartbreak. Having nowhere to live and nowhere to turn, I didn’t know…

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You are beautiful

This afternoon I was walking through Barnes & Noble to waste some time before meeting for dinner when someone touched my arm. I turned to look at who was on…

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The Realities of a Single Parent

After spending five years of my early adult life as a single mother in the United States Navy, I became sympathetic to other single mothers, who, like clowns in a…

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Smile you are beautiful

Recently, I found myself crying while driving down a Montana highway commuting home from work. As a self-proclaimed planner, my life plan that I laid out for myself when I…

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A City Girl

This is the story of a city girl who came out west with her new husband. She was shocked to discover how little water was available on the land and…

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A Stranger’s Concern

After a three-day snowstorm that held Eastern Montana in a frozen grip, the sky cleared, and the stretch of snow-covered meadow near my house lured me outside to ski. As…

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New Life

Do you know the wonder of life? I feel compelled to talk about it. I have a slight advantage, I imagine, as my calling allows me to see and touch…

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Random Notes of Gratitude

As an actress, writer, yogi, and displaced Colorado girl, I found myself in the undeniable throes of an existential crisis while driving to yet another commercial audition in the cement…

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You CAN reach out to others – Don’t be shy!

A colleague said his 11 year-old daughter was coming to live with him after two years away with her Mom. She had fallen behind two or more grade levels in…

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Tipping in pounds

In England, people automatically used to leave Christmas tips to those providing services all year round–delivering the mail, newspapers, milk, or collecting the trash. But the custom faded out, so…

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