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Digging into what brings my child joy

Digging into what brings my child joy

After I wrote my list of things that brings me joy it occurred to me to ask my 6 year old the same question. It took her a little bit of time to warm up to the idea but eventually she was happily talking so fast I had to paraphrase some of her list. She …

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What brings me joy?

What brings me joy?

I was talking to my friend Robin and she said something that really inspired me. She was working through what brings her joy and, among other things, can she leverage that knowledge to find a career that she is passionate and joyful about? I decided to make my own list. The list is organized into …

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Spending time in the woods, looking for jobs

Spending time in the woods, looking for jobs

I’m writing this on the couch at a beautiful country home, a remodeled old farmhouse with original restored wood flooring and new woodwork all throughout. None of the downstairs windows have window coverings so the morning light is streaming in and I can see trees and flowering daffodils and tulips outside. This home doesn’t need …

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Covid-19 related trauma

Covid-19 related trauma

Three and a half years ago, my husband, daughter and I embarked on a new lifestyle. My husband accepted a travel nurse job in Dillingham, Alaska, and the three of us flew there in October 2016. After six months in Dillingham the next job was 11 months in Sitka, Alaska. Then three months in Rapid …

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I’ve been telling stories my whole life

I’ve been telling stories my whole life

My daughter asked me to tell her a story about when I was a little girl. This is a frequent occurrence, second only to wanting to hear stories about when she was a little girl. But lately she’s been saying she has heard all the stories about her childhood, over and over. “You need to …

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Getting started: Writing for me

Getting started: Writing for me

It’s time. Time for me to get serious about writing for me. In 2000, after graduating from Andrews University with a double major in English lit and journalism, I got my first post-college job, writing for a weekly newspaper. I wrote for weekly and daily newspapers and an industry trade journal about ethanol for the …

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