Thinking Aloud Blog

The Bear and I

The Bear and I

Animals play such an important part in many of our lives. When they are pets, we mourn them as a family member. They make us smile and laugh, like a baby free of inhibitions. We talk to them, and they listen without judgment like a trusted therapist. With family or...

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If I Listen

If I Listen

    Do you sometimes feel like an octopus, with its tentacles stretching in different directions, not knowing what to do next? Your to-do list too long? You want to go back to sleep? I hope this poem adds a smile on your face, a laugh, and helps you breathe...

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Yard Sales and History

Yard Sales and History

I travel back into history when shopping at yard sales. Every yard sale has its own family story. There’s the young couple getting divorced, the aged woman whose husband recently died, the farmer whose business folded. I walk through so many lives at yard sales....

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Surviving or Thriving?

Surviving or Thriving?

A childhood friend once asked me, “Are you surviving or thriving?” I thought, what a disturbing question. Now I use that question as a meditation. Many years ago on a warm sunny day we were walking in the Rocky Mountains. We stopped at a lake. No one was...

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