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Are You There God? It’s Me, Heather…

When your otherwise coordinated husband falls out of his wheelchair not once but twice in one week, we know the world is extra topsy turvy.  When it’s mid April and snow and freezing rain continue to fall angrily outside, I question Mother Nature’s decision making process.  When bad things continue to happen to good people–… Continue reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Heather…

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Blog, March 26, 2018: “Tracking Our Character”

When I set out to write a realistic fiction novel, True North, I knew one of my main characters would be a dad with a spinal cord injury who was a good man, with a dark secret in his past, and a fairly significant character flaw. As a high school English teacher for 20 years,… Continue reading Christopher and Dana Reeve Blog, March 26, 2018: “Tracking Our Character”

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It’s You, Mrs. Claus, We Need to Believe In Too

Dear Mrs. Claus, When I was a little girl, I would stay awake in my Holly Hobby bed for as long as I could on Christmas Eve imagining, picturing, willing my ears to hear Santa’s sleigh bells on the roof of my little house.   Back then, it was Santa I needed to believe in–… Continue reading It’s You, Mrs. Claus, We Need to Believe In Too

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On Pumpkins, Play-offs, and Potential

Tomorrow, a soccer team of girls I truly love mostly because of time spent in my classroom will play in the rain against another talented team of girls, probably equally adored by other people, families and teachers. Our team won their first round last week also in the rain in penalty kicks after two ten… Continue reading On Pumpkins, Play-offs, and Potential

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Our Power to Attach and Release

The above car is my dad’s, and he’s having a hard time letting go of her, despite not really driving this former beauty since I was a teenager.  Now this rusty impersonator of a bygone era goes into storage at Arnold’s Antiques and Collectibles around November and comes out again in April.   Coincidentally this… Continue reading Our Power to Attach and Release

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Thank you Earth for the Lessons You Teach Us Every Day, Not Just on Earth Day

There is an old Native American proverb which reads: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Chief Seattle stated long ago: “The Earth does not belong to us.  We belong to the Earth.” The poet Khalil Gibran writes: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel… Continue reading Thank you Earth for the Lessons You Teach Us Every Day, Not Just on Earth Day

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A Different Kind of ‘Dear John’ Letter

Dear John, I’ve changed your name to protect your interests in case you were not ready for the entire world to know something so private and difficult to discuss even at home.  Thank you for sharing with me, a woman you just met while visiting your school as a guest author.   The time you spent… Continue reading A Different Kind of ‘Dear John’ Letter