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Every Day Is a Miracle

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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I prefer the latter." -Einstein

Happy 80th birthday to a woman I greatly admire, Gloria Steinem. I've included Ms. Steinem in my blog several times over the years...for example:As one of my 10 fan

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I wrote this for the Love Letters project, a website that encourages people to write "love letters" to people who have faced a difficult experience.Dear parent of a micropreemie,Around 18 years ago, I was pregna

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I haven't participated in Monday Listicles for awhile, but I couldn't resist this one. This is for all the amazing teenage girls (and boys) in my life!

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Here's the latest news about heartless corporations, if you missed it:CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong, lacks the compassion gene. AOL's financial performance has been suffering since Armstrong joined the company, so he decided to change AOL's 401(k) plan to save money and make it more difficult to rece

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After a mostly mild winter, Portland has seen a record snowfall in the past few days. It started on Thursday, when Mike convinced me to consider working from home instead of going into the office (as they were forecasting snow midday) and the kids were sent home early. The snow began falling around 12:30 p.m. after Mik

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I haven't participated in Monday Listicles since I posted my "10 fabulous plans for 2014--the unresolutions," but I'm back this week with my guilty pleasures, or actually many of them are innocent pleasures! Here they are in

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Today my longtime friend Jeannette (Jette) turns 50!!! It's going to be a year of 50th birthdays this year. This is what I wrote about Je

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With hope, the odds don't matter.

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I haven't participated in Monday Listicles for awhile, but last week Stasha (the web host) forgot to post a topic...and it's a free-for-all. Sounds like my cup of tea!Here are my Fabulous Plans for 2014. I'm calling them

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2013 turned out to be an expensive year for us. On top of private high school tui

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While most people are making new year's resolutions that they will probably not achieve, I read this treatise on Shane Claiborne's Facebook page this morning...Hopes for 2014. Somehow this seems more inspiring and hopeful than resolving to change one's flaws.

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For most of my life, we've had a tradition of gathering with my dad's large extended family on Christmas Eve. But then my aunt who hosted these holiday dinners died last year, and now many of my cousins are not speaking to each other. This makes me feel sad, but I know my only choice is to accept it and let go.S

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This is my monthly recap of the books I've read and reviewed on my book blog. For full reviews of these books (these are just excerpts of the reviews), click on the title to go to Marie's Book Garden.

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This weekend, as we visited my sister and her family in Puyallup, I recalled how emotional I was a year ago when we visited. I became emotional when we visited their church for Sunday services, and on the trip home to Portland, I had a tantrum. The kids were fighting, and I had no reserves. I asked Mike to pull the van over

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I decided to follow the lead of many other listicle bloggers and interview one of my kids for this one: ten favorite words. My 17-year-old (oldest) son was the closest at the moment, so he got put on the spot.

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This year I went back to expressing my gratitude every day on Facebook. Here are the collected gratitude days:

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A friend and I are sending each other writing prompts. Last week's was to write about mentors...I listed all the mentors I've had in my life and what gifts they lived and helped cultivate in me. Then I wrote about one interaction, or season, with one of them.My list of mentors filled up a wh

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This week's Monday Listicles is "pet peeves" or "10 things that irritate you." When trying to develop this list, I found that my pet peeves are not many in comparison to many people I know.I dislike dirty dish water left in the sink, runny egg yolks (that I have to scrub off plates), and cleaning out peanut butt

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For this week's Monday Listicles topic, we could choose between "ten things you love about your house" or "ten things you love about your city/town."Since I'm a true-blue Portlander through and through, I had to go with the latter! Here are so

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I celebrated my ninth annual 40th birthday last weekend. (A friend of ours has been celebrating her 60th for several years now!) I was delighted to discover, a few months ago, that one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Dar Williams, had a concert scheduled in Hood River, a little over an hour from Portland. We had no

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Huffington Post published an article by Maressa Brown from The Stir called "20 Things All Women Should Do Before Getting Married." I did some of these before getting married and some of them since. How about you?

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This is my final blog post about our road trip to the Bay Area in August. The last one I wrote was about viewing the bay by water. Previously I wrote about camping and driving, wandering, and three museums in three days. The high point of our week staying in Santa Rosa was spending time with my sister and her family.

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This is my monthly recap of the books I've read and reviewed on my book blog. For full reviews of these books, click on the title to go to Marie's Book Garden. It's been a produc

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