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The Only Reason You’ll Ever Need!

Every woman I know puts everyone’s needs before her own. It’s in our DNA. We just can’t help it. Every woman I know has a “wish list,” a “bucket list,” things they dream of doing….. Someday…. When the kids are grown. When they have more money. Or time. Or energy. I used to be that way. But […]

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New Faces, New Friends: Parade of the Snow People

Every year during the Christmas season a parade of Snow People take up temporary residence along Main Street of our little town.  This year, a sweet vintage girl graces my driveway and I have affectionately named here Vivienne. In my vivid imagination, she assumes a personality and enjoys many exciting adventures while I’m away from home. Much like the […]

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The End of an Era

We said goodbye to an old friend today. Not in the way you might imagine, but it was difficult nonetheless.   This English Walnut has stood beside our 160-year-old home for most of her life. Like any dear friend, she shared generously…. Provided us with beautiful moments throughout every season in the year….. And provided unwavering shelter from the harsh elements.       She […]

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Why I’m Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army

Years ago as part of my Leadership Washington County Health & Human Services Day, my class ate lunch at the Salvation Army. We were encouraged not to eat with our fellow classmates, rather, to reach out and sit with a client to share our meal. It was there I learned the true meaning of fellowship. […]

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Angels Among Us

“They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places. To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need. I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach […]

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Giving Tuesday: The Face of Parkinson’s

Today is #givingTuesday. The entire day, I have received countless emails and requests from nonprofits requesting that I go online and support their cause. Every nonprofit is important. They all improve the quality of life. They all are worthy of my gift. But today, my wallet and online giving goes to the Michael J. Fox […]

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Cait’s Thoughts on Friendship

I heard a song on the radio today by the country music star, Jason Aldean, called “Dirt Road Anthem.” This song is nostalgic because it reminds me of my best friends from school. I remember the day my friend Jenna said that this song would forever remind her of our group of friends and our […]

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Thoughts on Becoming a Mentor

Meet Ana. She is a passionate, effervescent young woman in her junior year at Hood College. She is a Davis Peace Prize recipient. Tonight she delivered a presentation about the fascinating work she did in Bosnia-Herzegovina over the summer. She has a passion for teaching and training. An eagerness for learning. And a mad desire […]

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Introducing Cait: Shooting Stars

I am always tickled by life’s way of silently providing exactly what I need and often, it is unexpected. The last couple of months for me have been a huge transition coming from six years of school and life with constant expectations, to a place where I have an abundance of free time. I graduated […]

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The Year’s Last Loveliest Smile

“Autumn…. the year’s last loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant This was the weekend I love. The ceremonial putting my gardens to bed. Urns and flower pots emptied, scrubbed, and stored for the winter. The buildings, once laden with vintage treasures, now a clean slate. We are both weary….ready for rest, my gardens and I. Longing […]