Midway Mindset

DO ONE THING TODAY THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BRAVE

When I was 16 years old I developed a very rare and typically fatal blood kidney disease. Spoiler alert! (It didn’t kill me.) I did, however, spend much of the first semester of my junior year of high-school in an intensive care unit receiving peritoneal dialysis, plasmapheresis and sporting a breathing tube, a catheter and …

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When it became party fodder that my husband and I were separating, I began getting messages from friends I hadn’t heard from in a very long time. Life had taken us in different directions after our kids had grown and gone. They’d ask to have dinner, or perhaps, drinks. I eagerly agreed to see them. …

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Like many of you, I sat and watched what happened in Charlottesville this weekend in disbelief. Though Charlottesville lies only 3 hours north of me, the footage I watched looked more like something that would happen in another country or in another time. I’ve been to Charlottesville and it’s lovely. Yet still, they came.

I heard the whispering when I began dating. I felt the stares. I saw the gritted teeth behind forced smiles. My face flushed through the awkward pauses and the stammering of those brave enough to broach the presence of (gasp!) my new man. “I’m happy for you, but…isn’t it way too soon? You really should …

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52 years ago today a 19 -year old girl gave birth to me. She held me, she fed me, and then she gave me away. My parents reinforced from an early age that being adopted meant that I was loved twice, blessed double. They told me that I was born to a girl who loved …

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On October 28th, 2013, I was cleaning out my garage on what would have been my mother’s 83rd birthday. I was six years into counseling, clearly lingering at my own pace, making progress in my own time, trying to figure out who I was before life had its way with me. I put in my …

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