Category Archives: choices

I Don’t Kid Myself

The interaction took place several years ago and probably lasted less than a full minute, but it left an impression on me so intense that it is never far from my thoughts these days. A former caregiver and I took … Continue reading

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Either Way, I’m Okay…

A caregiver and I were out and about running errands one afternoon a few years ago and decided to stop in a restaurant for lunch before heading home. ¬†Looking the hostess in the eye, I said that we needed a … Continue reading

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That Settles It

It was a pretty weird thing to forget, especially since I had checked my packing list no less than a gazillion times. On a road trip last spring break, I realized about five hours away from home that I had … Continue reading

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Hacking It

Many years ago… I was fired from the first “grown up” job I had. It’s not something I am either proud of or talk about often. The reality is that I just didn’t know what I was doing. Life circumstances … Continue reading

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All I Can Say Is “Wow!”

“I instantly gravitated towards him because he was so handsome and confident. He also had/has stellar taste in music and we spent the next few hours talking about our favorite bands. I almost forgot about the others who were with … Continue reading

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Staying Home

Some people talk about how much they love the night life or going out and about exploring their world.¬† I have friends who wait for weeks in eager anticipation for the latest movie premiere or to try a new restaurant … Continue reading

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As Your Dog Does

I am losing one of the biggest supports in my life today. It’s hard for me to look back to who I used to be, to the scared, angry, insecure woman I was when we met. I didn’t know how … Continue reading

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