Tag Archives: joy

Happy Lights

“Happy holidays,” we wish friends and strangers. Happy. We want to be happy. We want others to be happy. New shoes make me happy. Vodka makes me happy. The beach makes me happy. My kids’ snuggles makes me happy. But … Continue reading

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Habit of Despair

  Old habits die hard, and new ones are just as hard to create. There used to be a universally accepted myth that it took 21 days to form a new habit–Floss daily! Stop smoking! Make your bed! No one … Continue reading

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I think I’m supposed to come up with some sort of list–a year-end list of lessons learned, or milestone moments, or gratitudes, or resolutions, or horrible events, or things to look forward to in the new year. Some sort of … Continue reading

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Members Only

We spend the Christmas holiday with my immediate family every year. I took the kids to Christmas Eve mass at my parents’ parish this year. En route, my son asked, “Are we members there?” I told him no, his grandparents … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

I found this essay last year and I bookmarked it to use when my oldest child asks for the truth about Santa, because I knew this gig wouldn’t last much longer. This wise writer, Martha Brockenbrough, answered her daughter who asked … Continue reading

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“People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.”-Anonymous

‎ “I don’t worry. I think ahead,” said my 9-year-old son. That made me laugh out loud. But then it made me worry. He’s a Worrier. The boy was born with an extra dose of Anxious and a natural knack … Continue reading

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