The Softer Side of Tears

Several years ago the jingle for Sears department store – the softer side of Sears – flitted through my mind, then quickly transposed to the softer side of tears. That reached into my heart. With good reason. Jingles work. That’s why advertisers use them. The unforgettable ones stick and sales are propped up accordingly. (I […]

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What to do when Guilted into Giving

It’s said there are two things none of us can escape: Death and Taxes. I’d like to add to that list: Solicitors. I won’t ask for a show of hands, but how many of you have at some time felt guilted into giving? I know I have. More times than I can count. Soliciting funds […]

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Discernment and Duct Tape

Welcome back to Fine Lines, where today we pair discernment and duct tape. They each are a gift in their own way, but often function best as a matched set…if you discern what I mean. Sometimes the hardest part of unwrapping this co-giftedness is knowing when to share what we are perceiving and when to […]

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Dust Me Maybe

I know it’s time to polish the furniture when I can just skip the sticky notes and write my list in the dust. The obvious first item on the list is ‘dust me maybe.’ Having been raised with a ‘Saturday is house cleaning day’ work ethic, I grew up liking neat and tidy. (However, we […]

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Big Hair Days

God knows we all proceed through life one day at a time. No matter how much giddy-up we try to manufacture, there are some days the hurrier we go the behinder we get. Then there are those awesome big hair days when even your hair is confident. I love big hair days. Those ‘up at […]

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The Language of Resilience

Did you know resilience is a language to be learned, no different than teaching the language of a native tongue? In January of 2017, my husband and I attended an event in nearby Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where this concept of ‘resilience as language’ was introduced to us in the screening of a documentary entitled Resilience: […]

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Knees, Jerks and Other Reactions

If kneejerk reactions and bonehead moves were featured in a catalogue, how many of us would have our own special label? In all truthfulness and humiliation, I raise my hand…much more slowly than my knees are prone to jerk. I have a great patellar reflex – the tendency of the knee to jerk involuntarily when […]

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