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How do we come to trade our own reasonable thought for the rantings of the mentally unstable and egotistically needy? In an effort to unflinchingly examine current troubling anomalies, I’ve been sharing a bit of my story. Battles for freedom and justice are raging all around us, and I want t…

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It was a quiet January day in 1979 when I left the campus of my university in my blue Pontiac Catalina. The overwhelming sense of freedom and euphoria is a memory that is still palpable 38 years later.

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When I went away to school in the summer of 1975, the experience was a bizarre one. Though I dislike talking about this, it belongs in the chapter about how we come to places in our lives that are unhealthy, how we come to places where we allow others to usurp our own good thought and judgment.

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In the new year, many of us think about what might lie ahead for our families, our health, our creative endeavors, our work in this world. It’s a time when we connect to our personal power to realize dreams and goals and to put plans into place to make those aspirations happen.

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As the weeks between the presidential election and inauguration day unfold, perhaps at more than any other time in our history, American citizens are paying close attention. Many are weighing in with thoughts, fears, and often, arguments. Speculation abounds regarding what’s likely or unlike…

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Can one addiction fuel the flames of other addictive behaviors? I’ve been pondering this question in the wake of my on-again/off-again love affair with coffee. As I’ve mentioned before, that dance has been going on since I was in the fourth grade — a very long time.

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Last week, while visiting our Michigan City Public Library, I perused the donated magazine section near the entryway. My eyes fell upon the Nov. 14 edition of The New Yorker, and it was as if my very own thoughts were emblazoned on its cover.

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Our daughter and grandson came for a short visit last week and we had a wonderful time together. Reed visited our lake for the first time and seemed mesmerized by the water, the breezes, the seagulls and all that makes being near the lake such a transformative experience. He also enjoyed his…

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“It’s normal to expect that we’re always going to, almost by nature, actively seek out our own happiness ... So, it’s odd and not a little unnerving to discover just how often some of us appear to act as if we were deliberately out to ruin our chances of getting what we are, on the surface, …

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Under normal circumstances, I like to avoid the topics everyone is already discussing and focus on subjects getting little exposure. In that vein, and if these were normal circumstances, I’d be spending this whole column talking about the wonderful, but sparsely attended, Indiana Bicentennia…

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In a world where life often sets itself aright, it is somewhat puzzling to observe aberrations that don’t.

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Ruby Bridges turned 62 last Thursday. Though her story is well-known, there were details about her experience I hadn’t realized before. Thanks to a post by one of my Facebook friends, Dorothy Ritchie, I learned new facts that touched me deeply.

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Recently, I viewed a video of a woman speaking to an audience lamenting the fact that she was “invisible.” Her kids didn’t hear her when she spoke. Her husband didn’t see her when she was standing right beside him. When her 5-year-old son’s teacher asked who was with him (it was Mom), he rep…

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While we were taking a walk this past weekend, my husband felt the urge to run. No doubt inspired by the Olympic runners we’d been watching on TV, many of us might be thinking of how amazing it would be to run that fast (or swim, twist, hurl ourselves through the air or throw heavy objects).

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The Summer Olympics has brought to the forefront of our collective awareness that some people still don’t understand how to talk about strong women or handle the fact that women can be powerful and talented in their own right. It’s long past time for that to change.

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Anyone who couldn’t find something fun to do this past weekend was just not really trying at all. We had the First Friday Art Walk, the Taste of Michigan City, the boat parade and race and so much more.

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My friend, Marjorie, told me about a garden she’d been wanting to visit. So after we had lunch one day last week, we drove along Hwy. 20 to find it. It was the Brincka Cross Gardens on E. Furness Road, and the place seemed kind of magical to me. On the grounds, several signs are posted that …

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Black Lives Matter was born because too many segments of our society behave as if they don’t. It’s that simple. It’s not saying all lives don’t matter. It’s not saying blue lives don’t matter. It’s simply saying that all people deserve to be treated with respect. It’s saying that, in our cou…

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We made it to the La Porte County Fair on the very last day. The weather was just perfect and we enjoyed wandering through the Pioneer Village, chatting with volunteers about the history of the postal service, making soap, spinning wool, crocheting rag rugs and whether or not the wooden yoke…

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The strength of the human spirit amazes me. In a world that is often unkind, we continue to rise up, seep our way through the cracks and find the sunlight that encourages us to thrive.

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Recently, I was reading comments on one of those general information websites where a guy sought advice on whether or not he should learn to play the trumpet. Numerous self-proclaimed “knowledgeable” people weighed in – almost all of them dissuading him by telling him how hard it was and tha…

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Our beliefs can live longer than they are actually true. Or sometimes, they were never true. But we continue to parrot a thing that we want to believe well past the time we know it’s nothing but a faded memory or delusion.

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While preparing for our neighborhood garage sale one day last week, I was also keeping visual tabs on what looked to be a baby bird near the front door of our neighbor’s house. Rather than get close and risk interference, I peeked at him/her from our bedroom window. Later in the afternoon/ea…

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A few months ago, I wrote about seeing someone I thought I knew in a local store. My husband and I were walking through and I waved, but didn’t stop. I’d wanted to go back and talk to her, but was dissuaded when my husband suggested I would just “embarrass” myself.

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Continuing with the subject of spaciousness and clearing, it’s interesting to examine the different types of clutter that can block our paths. Because I had several people tell me the issue resonated with them, I thought we could talk a little more about it. In just a short crawl from last w…

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Recently, I ordered the book "A Year To Clear: A Daily Guide to Creating Spaciousness in Your Home and Heart," by Stephanie Bennett Vogt. It’s not only about clearing the physical space around us, but also the intangible spaces within us that are full of clutter that can keep our spirits stuck.

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According to Dictionary.com, the definition of technology is: 1-the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pu…

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He’s here! The long wait — full of anticipation, excitement and, yes, some worry — is over. Finally, our sweet little grandson, Reed, has made his entrance into the world, and the entire family is smitten.

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It feels a little like this baby will never, ever come. One would think that if I am feeling this way, my daughter must be feeling it a million times more. Yet, she seems very cool about it all and so is her husband. They are oh-so-ready, but keeping pretty relaxed and calm. I’m so glad, bec…

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“If integrate means ‘to make whole,’ then its opposite is to fracture, disown, disjoin, detach, unravel, or separate. I think many of us move through the world feeling this way. The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our whol…

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We’re now in the stage of heightened anticipation. Our grandson, Reed, is due very soon and we’re excited beyond anything I ever imagined. Our daughter and son-in-law are ready. The baby’s room is completely and adorably set up with furniture all in place and tiny clothes laundered, hung in …

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As the entertainment industry supposedly goes about the much talked-about task of learning how better to celebrate and honor diversity, there’s another problem they also need to recognize and address: child abuse of their own creation.

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If Jesus played the trumpet, I think he might have sounded a lot like Chet Baker. I somehow can’t imagine he would have been a flashy player — having to show how high or fast or loudly he could play. Instead, I think he would have made music that was soulful, beautiful and full of emotion.

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The wonderfully reminiscent column Adam Parkhouse wrote about the Marquette Mall has prompted some recollections of my own. So I thought I’d go a bit further back and share some of my memories as well.

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My friend, Florence, has passed into the next realm. She lived a good, long, full and mostly healthy life that was rich with family, friends and music.

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My daughter told me about a wonderful podcast last week and I enjoyed it thoroughly. So I want to pass it on to all of you in the hopes you will benefit from it as much as I have. It’s called “Magic Lessons” and is by Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who wrote, among other books, “Eat Pray Love”.

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At the Taste of Michigan City last summer, I ran into a former co-worker and her husband and stopped to chat a bit. The woman I'd worked with said it was her husband who had spotted me and pointed me out with the words, "Hey, there's what's her name." When she shared this, we all had a chuck…

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We went to the Rocks Lounge the other night to hear the band "Visions of Santana" and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everything you'd expect was rolled into this amazing group — great guitar, percussion, vocals, as well as all the popular songs and more. I would have loved to hear Gato Barbie…

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Our daughter, Sara, just celebrated her 30th birthday. There's so much emotion that floods through me as I look back over the years and recall all the joy, worry, triumph and wonder contained in those times. I've talked about her before in this space and she is one of my absolute favorite su…

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This Christmas Season, I've had the luxury and privilege of participating in a lot of musical events that I've not been able to enjoy in past years. It's been absolutely wonderful.

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In this wonderful season of music, lights, family, friends, giving, shopping, eating, delightful fun and so much bustling activity, we can begin to wonder if there is really time to just "be". When life gets packed, at any time of the year, how do we know when it's OK to stop doing and try s…

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During a recent walk, an awe-inspiring sight stopped me in my tracks and also touched my heart. A flock of geese was flying overhead in their typical "V" formation and one gal or guy was lagging behind the others. The straggler seemed to be working very hard to keep up and was making good pr…

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In a dream of seeming randomness, I couldn't find the song I was looking for. I was sure it was the "perfect" song and yet, whenever I'd fumble long enough to finally get to the "right" page, I'd discover I had the wrong edition or the wrong book altogether. I'd frantically, hurriedly pick u…

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In my quest to continue learning new things into old age and beyond, I've just recently met knitting's carefree and easygoing cousin, crochet. And I have to say I'm totally smitten.

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November is traditionally a time for gratitude. Of course, each day of every month is good for counting blessings, as practicing gratefulness is always a most excellent way to live. It's a well-known fact that, when we choose to live in a spirit of gratitude, our world is clearly better.