Me, thinking of what to write next.

Heidi Doxey, a writer friend of mine, shared an article last week that sometimes sums up my attitude toward writing. In a nutshell, I occasionally wonder why I bother. I have no delusions that people are waiting for my next blog post or article, or that they’re even reading them. I understand that the majority of people who read my blog posts are 1) family members, 2) friends/acquaintances, or 3) lost. And I’m okay with that.Read More »

Conflicting truths: How can this be?

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This is NOT me in my twenties, though I wish I had a convertible like that—then and now!

Truth: One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I didn’t serve a full-time mission for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Truth: One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life was to not serve a full-time mission for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Read More »

Mary Ellen: The wind on my face

One of the few family photos with the four of us. Taken in 1987.

(Part 3 of a three-part series. Today’s post is about double the usual 200 words, but given the personal nature of the series, I’m sure you’ll understand.)

Mom with her first grandchild, Malissa.

Today’s my mom’s birthday. Had breast cancer not claimed her life in 1990, she’d be 79 years old today. One of her greatest desires was to be a grandmother, a blessing that happened only once before her mortal journey came to an end. Today, Mom is grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to one. I suspect she’s doted over each of them, though her mortal path only crossed with one of them.Read More »

The art of being alone

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Do you spend time alone each day? While it’s important to spend quality time with your loved ones daily, it’s also important to have quality alone time each day. Not the time you spend alone getting dressed and ready for the day, but time alone—without any distractions—to ponder your life and commune with your inner self.Read More »