30 Mar Every Herb In Its Season

Drugs. The slippery slope to addiction. Most of us have friends or family who have been affected by drug abuse. Whether drugs are illegal or prescribed, they can pose a threat to the health and safety of the people who use them. For those of us who are both health and morally conscious, particularly those of the LDS faith who adhere to principles of the Word of Wisdom, there is a growing concern over how to get proper and safe treatment for chronic pain and mental disorders that would require the aid of medication.
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17 Feb Me and My Boys

Little Women was one of my favorite books when I was young. The time period, the struggles, the closeness of the March family and the real life issues they encountered, gathered me in and made me feel like I belonged. I lived in those pages totally lost to time and the real world around me. Naturally, I over-identified with Jo March; the tomboy with a penchant for writing, and going against social norms. I have five sisters myself and each one of them could represent a March sister. We were poor but happy and had all the fun and drama of a home full of girls with divergent personalities.
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27 Jan What we leave behind

 Years ago while traveling in Wales, I visited Tintern Abbey. It is one of the most picturesque ruins I've ever explored. Worn stone walls and columns remain standing, with empty gothic windows that stare blindly into the past. The bright green of the grassy floors under...

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25 Jan Under the knife…

Years ago, I was babysitting a friend's little boy and my youngest son wanted to know why we had to watch another child. I told him that his mommy had a doctor appointment.
 My son, said, "Oh." His face looked worried.
"What does a doctor do?" I asked, hoping for an answer like,they help you or make you better.
"They hurt my mouth," he answered with a quiet voice--staring into the the space in front of him.
My son's childhood was fraught with doctor appointments and surgeries. His most recent one at the time had closed his cleft palate. It was painful and followed by weeks of keeping his arms strapped down so he wouldn't touch his mouth. I told him that the doctor had fixed the hole in the roof of his mouth and had helped him. My little boy looked unconvinced. He hates hospitals--they are torture chambers to him.
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25 Jan The Play

Shakespeare said: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts" We do all play different parts at different times...But I don't believe our lives are just "sound and fury signifying nothing" as the Bard went on to say. When you've had your world torn apart-or lost a chunk here or there-life can seem absurd. Irrelevant. But while we're still on the stage the show must go on. If we find meaning and motivation in our roles we can learn our new parts when other characters and props come and go as the scenery changes.
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17 Dec Awake and dreaming

“For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming...” -H.P. Lovecraft I write fiction. I dream up people and journey with them into places I know and places I have never seen, creating stories for other people to read with the hope that we can journey together and make sense of this collective experience we call Life. When I was little, there was a treehouse in my back yard, at the top of a tall Mulberry tree. I'd climb up there and spend hours alone reading books and daydreaming. There was something about being up high, surrounded by branches and leaves that made life feel magical. I could look out over our yard and neighborhood. Everything that seemed boring from the ground became a story. People went in and out of their homes, playing out the drama of ordinary lives but I could imagine interesting plots and intrigues from my perch above. Playing in the theoretical and imaginary.
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