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"I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to 'cut back.' From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible."
(Erma Bombeck)

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Friday
Jun102011

7 Quick Takes Friday

"Scouring the web so you don't have to"

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Tuesday
May312011

It's good to feel normal

Last Tuesday, I visited the same facility where I was diagnosed with breast cancer in order to have an ultrasound in the same spot where the tumor was removed. Since having radiation two years ago, I've gotten used to the “stings and zingers” that are normal for tissue recovering from surgery and radiation. However, three months ago, I had an ache deep within my breast that was exactly the same as the pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis (the pain that drove me—back in 2008--to a doctor for an overdue mammogram).

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Thursday
May192011

All RIFFed up and nowhere to go

I knew something was up when my boss showed up in my classroom and said we needed to talk. First thing that ran through my mind was that a student or parent had complained about me—every first-year teacher’s nightmare. I’d noticed his somber demeanor and wondered if my job was in jeopardy. It was, but not for the reasons I thought.

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Friday
May062011

7 Quick Takes Friday

"Scouring the web so you don't have to" Taking a cue from Jennifer over on Conversion Diary, today I'm introducing 7 Quick Takes Friday, a hodge-podge of items for your reading pleasure. Hope you find something interesting, inspirational, or humorous!

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Sunday
Apr172011

365 days of gratitude

Several years ago, my husband and I attended a marriage conference at a resort hotel, along with a few hundred other married couples. During the opening seminar, the moderator asked for people to stand up, with the qualification that they had parents who were alive and married over 25 years. In a room with hundreds of people, lots of us stood. The moderator continued increasing the number of years of our parents’ marriages (asking those who didn't qualify to sit down), until he got to 50 years of marriage. By that time, only a select few of us were left standing. I was amazed! I had never fully realized before how unique and fortunate I was to have parents alive and married so long.

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Sunday
Apr032011

Romantically challenged

My husband and I just returned from an overnight trip to San Juan Island (Washington state). It's the first time we've gone away alone together in . . . I honestly can't remember the last time! Even though it was a short trip, I am very thankful to have done it.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Confession & Blogging: Good for the Soul

I started this blog in 2008 as a way to let my friends and family know how my cancer treatment was going. I had no idea at the time how therapeutic writing would be for me. As time went on and I finished my treatment, I continued to share my thoughts and feelings about cancer and many other things in my life.

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