Listening is Key

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It can be difficult for someone to understand why a victim would stay in a relationship that has become abusive. Domestic violence victims often feel shame and blame when the relationship becomes abusive because in reality, domestic violence is not a single episode and rarely does the abuse begin with physical violence. Abuse is much subtler and slower to escalate, usually beginning with verbal attacks, isolation and controlling behaviors.

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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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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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Creating a Community of Safety

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Last week I was in the chiropractor’s office hoping for some headache relief after a quick crack of the neck.  As I waited my turn in the waiting area, a young woman signed in and sat down.  The woman who entered the facility immediately after her signed in and came to sit across from her in a chair.  She asked the first woman, “Does he get mad like that a lot?  He was really mean towards ...

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Growing Independent

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A wise man recently told me that I should be 95 percent happy and 5 percent sad that our oldest daughter has relocated to Austin, Texas for her first professional job.

I am extremely proud of her and all her accomplishments and know that she will do well in her architecture career.

I told this wise man that whenever I feel a little sad I think about how I did the same thing after graduating from college in Nebraska, taking my first ...

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Time

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Hanging out at a hospital gives you a lot of “time” to consider how you want to spend your time.  My parents used to say “time and money can only be spent once.”  The big difference I’ve learned is money can be won and lost earned and burned again and again.  Time can never be recovered.  Time is infinite and also finite in our worldly understanding and use of it.  So as I sit on the oncology unit listening to ...

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Traditions- The Foundation of Love

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My mom always told us it was officially the holiday season once we put away our Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.  It is a silly tradition, I suppose, to be so specific about “when” we can begin using seasonal greetings but nonetheless, it’s one that has stuck with me for a lifetime.  This was monumental in our home because it not only signaled when the greetings changed but also when decorating could commence!  I talked to my mom over the weekend and, ...

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What do YOU Want?

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Daylight savings time has come to an end.  The sun glints through the yellowed leaves still clinging to our pin oak tree.  The weekend allowed us to fall back giving us the opportunity for an extra hour of rest or play—I played.  And it was worth it to ignore some of my responsibilities and heavy life baggage and just play with my friends.

Poorly played shuffleboard, singing songs from the 80s at the top of our lungs, joking and teasing—we were ...

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Together We’re Better

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Those of you who know me well, understand I can easily worm hole on a topic.  Meaning, I find something interesting and just keep digging in.  Over the weekend I started learning about Redwood trees—purely by accident and if I told you how I arrived there you wouldn’t believe it.  Redwood trees can be thousands of years old and are found primarily in California. They are the tallest trees in the world.  I became curious about how a tree could ...

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