Thoughtful Thursdays

When Dreams Come True

When Dreams Come True

It’s real! My dream is now a reality! This quote sums up my inspiration for the week: Of all the things that wisdom provides to help one live one’s entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship. –Epicurious Amen! Such has been my experience in the last seven days. Old […]

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When Blooming Isn’t Enough: My Father’s Challenge

When Blooming Isn’t Enough: My Father’s Challenge

My mother’s advice to “bloom where you are planted” can be difficult, especially when life lands us in places we did not plan to go. But leave it to my father to challenge us even more (published Sunday in my Looking Homeward column at The Herald-Dispatch below.) “Plant where you are blooming,” he said. If […]

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The Moment that Calmed My Anxious Adventure

The Moment that Calmed My Anxious Adventure

Last week I made the trek to New York City for BookExpo America, the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. The venue alone was intimidating. The Javits Center boasts a total area of 1,800,000 square feet with 840,000 square feet of exhibit space. Attempting to fill it up were massive banners promoting […]

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What Gives Us Strength When Our Hearts Are Hurting?

What Gives Us Strength When Our Hearts Are Hurting?

This week’s inspiration comes from a thank you note I’ve kept for months. I had sent flowers to someone who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I didn’t know what to do or say, so I sent the flowers and wrote on the card, “Thinking of you.” Although I’ve received many notes of thanks […]

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Not On My Game

Not On My Game

For the first time since Christmas, my family gathered for the weekend. We were celebrating significant birthdays, graduations, and my book launch. We had flights coming in from California, New York, Milwaukee, and Hong Kong. Despite delays, rescheduled arrival and departure times, and the failure of my air conditioning hours before the first family member […]

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When Seeds Sprout: What My Mama Taught Me

When Seeds Sprout: What My Mama Taught Me

This week’s inspiration is short and sweet and will hopefully make you smile. My niece Ashley, has done it again. As you may recall, she is the one that introduced me to Snapchat, a photo-video messaging app that has helped me find great joy in connecting with my community of SnapChatters, mostly my far-flung family […]

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