Do the roar (Not)!

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Ever had someone try to get you to act like you used to back in the day?   Nobody can MAKE you act any particular way, but you know what I mean:  your interaction with them led to you respond in a way that you thought you had put behind you.  It made you do … Read More


Okay, now what?

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“Be careful what you ask for,” they say.  They’re right! I participated in a SITS (the Secret is In The Sauce) “Comment Love” challenge for bloggers a few weeks ago.  We had five days to comment on 75 blogs and potentially receive 75 comments.  Yeah.   😯 A week later, Embrace the Struggle had its … Read More


Got Superpowers?

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I’ve been ruminating on the concept of  superpowers for a while now.  I’m not talking about nation states considered to be the mightiest of them all, but the human traits that can produce miraculous changes in people’s lives. This week (it had to be the week when I planned to write on superpowers!!) some bloggers … Read More


Not fitting in

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I’m in January mode:  a bit mellow after the holidays but abuzz with dreams and hopes that I’m eager to see realized.  With those dreams and hopes comes a putting on of the “big girl pants”:  paying attention to and acting decisively on matters about which I’ve been lax or disinterested.  Like creating a will … Read More


The “I don’t” list

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I’m just starting out on the road to “focus” in 2014, so, to quote Uneeka Jay, I’m repossessing my “yes”:  bumping up relevant activities and downgrading the nonessentials. My blogging friend Anita Mathias piqued my interest in the “I don’t” list a few days ago.  She made a statement that stuck with me: “You recognize … Read More


Embracing “focus” in 2014

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I took off the last two weeks from blogging, and I really enjoyed the break.  Truth be told, I needed it! As much as I felt neutral about 2014 towards the end of last year, God (yet again!) surprised me with a One Word for 2014.   Yes. Focus. Often during 2013, I would find … Read More


Looking for Lilly

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As a token of appreciation for donating to one of the brothel raids carried out by The Exodus Road, I received a “Freedom Rock,” with the name “Lilly” on it.  Lilly was one of the girls who had been rescued. Her name was hand-painted on the rock by an artist, and on the back of … Read More


Three things I know to be true

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These three things I know to be true.   There are others, but these are the primary ones right now.   I am loved, and I am the giver of love. Even when everything in life seems to be saying the opposite,  you know that you know that you know that your love bucket can … Read More


More wisdom from the road well travelled

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I’ve been indulging in some drive-by musings:  mulling over the lessons learned while driving. I wrote a snarky post two years ago on wisdom from the road well travelled.  I’m in a more contemplative frame of mind now:  There’s a lot to learn while on the road, with potential lifelong applications. Only when we’re stuck can … Read More


I’m not here for the fear!

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My getaway bag was packed.  After 9/11, I got caught up in the hype about being prepared in case another terrorist act occurred.  Living near the capital of the free world–a most likely spot for terrorists to attack, again–I took the dire warnings to heart.   So I got the recommended duffle bag ready:   … Read More