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Rest In Peace, Sweet Grechen

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog.  Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself ~ Dean Koontz I had no business saying, ‘YES.’  We already…
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Dear Soldier

Dear Soldier, Today, as I sit in a warm house with children playing, conversations ending in laughter, and endless amounts of home cooked foods, I remember you. I remember your unpretentious sacrifices and modest heroism. I remember your warrior ethos - you will always place the mission first; you will never accept defeat; you will…
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The Combat Zone of Bitterness

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. As a therapist in a community of our nation’s warriors and the home of the most deployed Division in the US Army, I have witnessed the pain and grief of…
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We Are The Lucky Ones

We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us ~ George Orwell I am a lucky one. I am given a precious gift nearly every day. Some of these gifts are delivered with great caution and some are readily surrendered. I…
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The Fire of Lonliness

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved ~ Mother Teresa There is an aching loneliness, nagging and mocking my spirit. The feelings of isolation are familiar, yet uncomfortably raw. But I know this solitude is a farce. I believe, I know, and I honor the sameness in each fellow journeyer.…
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Snickers, Snorts, & Giggles

Laughter is carbonated holiness. ~ Anne Lammott I just wrote about 400 words on exposing our emotional self to people who haven’t earned that privilege…beautiful words. Truth in the sentences. Honesty in my self-reflection. But, I stopped before I finished. It felt heavy and deep. And I really want to giggle this morning. I want…
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Part-time Parent, Full-time Worrier

The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it ~ Steven Pressfield I have a secret...I'm a step-mom.  A role often portrayed with evil undertones or by a flippant, selfish woman. That's not me.  I'm not the evil step-mom.  Nor am I…
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Six Million Minutes of War

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. It has been thirteen years. In many…
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