People who matter stay with us

Vivian’s “losses have piled one on another like layers of shale. Even if her mother lived, she would be dead now, the people who adopted her are dead. Her husband is dead. She has no children,” writes Christina Baker Kline in the book The Orphan Train. But Vivian knows “the people who matter in our […]

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Be a bit bendy

Lucy, Tess’ mother, gives her daughter advice about marriage. “Sometimes I look back and think, goodness me, we took our feelings so seriously,” says Lucy in Liane Moriarity’s book The Husband’s Secret. She’s talking about her marriage and why she divorced Tess’s father. “Everything was black-and-white. We got into our positions and that was that. […]

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Keep learning

Tess is forced to analyze what has happened to her relationship with her husband in Liane Moriarity’s book The Husband’s Secret. “It seemed to her everyone had too much self-protective pride to truly strip down to their souls in front of their long-term partners,” Tess thinks to herself. “It was easier to pretend that there […]

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Don’t be defeated

Here’s a great quote from Maya Angelou. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” I found the quote in an email […]

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Thanks for friends

When you’re stuck at home with a broken leg, there’s one thing you need—friends. I have been blessed with friends who have sent me cards and books, who have called and visited and who have cooked dinner for my husband and me. My next door neighbor Jane visits me to put ice on my knee […]

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Just do it

Since my fall when I shattered my femur, I get tired at night. I feel pretty good and have a good attitude during the day, but, at night, I sometimes get tired and discouraged. That’s when I tell my husband, Jerry: “I do not want to get up tomorrow and do all those exercises prescribed […]

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Have a good attitude

A friend told me that she is impressed with my good attitude. “I do have a good attitude—most of the time,” I told her. And I do. Sometimes, after dinner, I get tired and a little—or a lot—cranky. Sometimes I do feel frustrated that I am stuck in a wheelchair with my left leg and […]

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You can’t control everything

I prefer to be organized, in control. That tendency can be a great strength. It also can be a weakness. For me, spending weeks in a wheelchair or moving with a walker because of my broken leg has been a good reminder that I can’t control everything. Even laundry. “Please don’t put my bras in […]

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Bad things happen

If you wondered why I didn’t post anything new on my blog for weeks at the of March and the beginning of April, it’s because sometimes bad things happen to all of us. One sunny morning at the end of March, my dog, Ginger and I were taking our daily walk. All of a sudden, […]

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Do the best you can

I like the food and the quotes on the wall at a Lyfe Kitchen in Dallas. My favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better; then, when you know better, do better.” And, of course, there are quotes about food. “Food is an important part of a balanced […]

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