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Lazy Summer Days

adulthoodI enjoyed being a kid.  I was adventurous and loved to explore new things.  One of my favorite things I remember as a kid was the lazy summer days.  In my day we didn’t have all the activities that kids today seem to be involved in.  My summers were my favorite time of the year.  It meant jumping out of bed, pulling on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, grabbing a bowl of fresh raspberries from the garden, and on to my friend’s house. Continue reading

Not Grown Up Yet

I remember bits and pieces of being a child and I often wanted more. I wanted to stay up late like the grown-ups. I wanted to decide what I would eat for dinner and what to buy at the grocery store.

It seemed like all the big decisions were made by the adults. Continue reading

The Power of Red Nail Polish

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As a child, I spent late afternoons during the school year and long summer days with my grandma Is. She wasn’t a teacher by trade, but she taught me what was important through constant example. Continue reading

Family Means Everything

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Gma Is, Uncle Lloyd and Gma Doris at my wedding

Both of my grandmas taught me many life lessons as I grew up and I was so very lucky that they were both with me until I had my own children. Continue reading

Lessons from Grandma Bauer

Grandma Bauer and Aunt Hyc

My Grandma Bauer was a feisty, loving woman. She came to America from Germany as a young woman. Grandpa Joe also came from Germany. I wish I knew more about their early lives but these are stories I never heard. The first thing she taught me was to be more curious about my relatives because their stories are too important to lose. Continue reading

The Dragonfly Speaks to Me

Traditionally, we do not choose our spirit animal. Instead, it must choose us.  Animals have often held a spiritual significance in our lives. Being aligned with specific animals is thought to exist throughout indigenous cultures. Continue reading

A Turtle’s Timid Transformation

A Turtle's Timid TransformationI used http://www.spiritanimal.info to determine my spirit animal. The turtle was what I have been drawn to for years. I wear a bracelet every day with one on it. The turtle reminds me to take small, steady steps toward my goals.

But apparently, my spirit animal can change. Who knew? Continue reading

The Call of the Wolf

wolfMy spirit animal is the Wolf

Having taken a test to find out what my spirit animal is I was surprised to see it is the wolf.  It is stated that these animals are actually very social, family-oriented, and good at communicating with each other.  With the use of body movement, touch, eye contact, and vocal sounds, they engage with other wolves constantly. Continue reading