Celebrating Milestones

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Already this morning, I’ve been to the pool with my bestie and retread my lips solving all of life’s problems; I’m a solid cup of coffee into my morning and feeling fantastic!  Over the weekend we moved our two adult children into an apartment in Indianapolis and our youngest is now basking in the glow of being “the only child.”  The youngest has already made a plan to take over her brother’s room and turn her own room into a ...

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A Good Life

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I grew up in Nebraska during a time when our state slogan was “Nebraska…The Good Life.”  No matter where you went, you would see this slogan on billboards and smattered around on a variety of tchotchkes and pamphlets intended to remind locals and visitors alike that a good life could be had by all in our great state.

It wasn’t until adulthood that I really started to question what makes up “a good life?”  And to be ...

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The Power of a Friend

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I’ve just returned home from the Grant County YMCA after doing 45 minutes in the pool with one on my friends.  We get up at an hour that is usually reserved for emergency services, shift workers and bakers and take ourselves to the local pool to work out our aging joints—oh, and our mouths.  We talk and laugh and share advice as we stretch, walk and swim through our workout.

I’ve traditionally been a more solo exercise individual—until now.  I am ...

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Rediscovering My Ground

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It’s been 19 months since our son had his stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and yesterday he texted me:

“How am I alive? Was just reflecting on everything we have been through.  It’s crazy.”

I occasionally look at the photos and videos from that timeframe and frankly, I don’t know the answer to his question.  Some will want to invoke God’s will; some will recognize Will’s innate drive ...

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Moving Forward

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Recently I had the unfortunate honor of attending the funeral of a close friend’s brother.  A man who died, too young, of brain cancer.  And during that time I got to thinking about how even amidst his diagnosis, he continued to move forward and live.  Shockingly, what was a six to 12 weeks life expectancy, turned out to be just over a year—and during a pandemic as a pile on.  He loved hard and lived hard for 12+ glorious months ...

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Statement of Solidarity with Asian American Community

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Family Service Society, Inc. believes in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for all. The pandemic of the last year has been difficult for many, but it has added a new level of violence and discrimination for our Asian American individuals and communities. They have faced a substantial rise in racially motivated hate incidents during this time. As Rep. Young Kim noted at the hearing: “No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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Know your Worth

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Know your worth. A simple statement that has powerful implications, especially for teens navigating relationships.

All deserve to have these basic components in all relationships: respect, equality, honesty, trust, communication, boundaries and consent. If one of these are missing, more than likely you are not in a healthy relationship and your worth is not being valued.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to really focus on teaching and modeling respectful behaviors in relationships so as teens begin dating they ...

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Caring in 2021

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As we enter 2021 let’s learn from mistakes of 2020.

Let’s continue to wear masks, social distance and wash our hands often.

As part of my morning exercise routine at the YMCA, some days I do a virtual strength class in which once the trainer asked, ‘If you could go back to the day before and have a do over, would you? Would you improve something you had done the day before?’

I also ask each of you that question. Now that we ...

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Brave Space

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Recently my son, Will, who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant had a full on come apart over a burrito at dinner. He became completely overwhelmed by the swirling of emotions inside and finally there was no more space for them—those emotions had to come out. I reached across the table and placed my hand on his arm for comfort and just sat with him as he purged. His body quickly calmed and relaxed as it embraced the relief ...

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