Random Thoughts

Skiing the Conditions of Parenthood

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger About 15 years ago, I wrote a column about my boys and the day one of our gerbils died. Like most stories I wrote about my sons, it taught me a great deal about them, even more about myself and about why most of what I often […]

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Would You Trade Your Tomorrows?

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t. That theory appeared years ago in one of my columns, and as it turns out, I wasn’t alone in my thinking. Sometime […]

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year, everyone! What are some of your dreams for 2015?   Print PDFRelated Posts:Maria’s Five Favorites: New Year, New You!12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 12A New Year’s Day Tradition: Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut

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‘Amazing’ Is in the Eye of the Beholder

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Many things sound so much better in theory than they turn out to be in reality. Unfortunately, you usually can’t tell if that’s the case until you’re in the midst of the experience. Then it begins to dawn on you that, in fact, you’re in a bleak […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I wish you all a healthy, healing and happy holiday. —Maria Print PDFRelated Posts:Merry Christmas!Why I Love a Good SnowstormHappy 2015!

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The Power of Giving

  This time of year is all about giving. And getting. We make our lists, check them twice, and hope that something resembling stuff we want shows up in our lives on Christmas morning. And we also hope that our loved ones don’t give us a fake, “I love it!” or worse, a sincere, “You […]

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Listening for Yellow

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger One of the most beautiful sights of this month and this season are the gorgeous greens, flowers, and plants that make up the displays gracing so many of our homes, churches, and public spaces. One December, a woman and her little girl visited Longwood Gardens, a 300-acre […]

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Our Lingering Selves

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger We’re in the midst of “the travel season,” the final six weeks of the year. Although my own holiday travel won’t involve more than a drive out of state, I find myself thinking about this Helen Bevington quote: “I have learned this strange thing, too, about travel: […]

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