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One of the things I found when I took apart my mother’s house immediately following her death was a collection of family recipes. Before we all had personal computers, cooks hand-wrote their recipes on 3-by-5 lined note cards and kept them in small boxes in their kitchens. If you served a pa…

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Right now in big box stores and online you can purchase these fancy mirrors that are well-lit around the edges. Some are even rechargeable. Some turn on by touch. In a recent stay at an apartment in Europe, we had a built-in one in our restroom, and it was activated by motion!

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On Saturday I attended the memorial service for EMT Patti Frost at the Bald Hills Fire Department. Patti was generous of spirit, fiercely loyal, quirky enough to be a real person and filled with thanks for the life she was living and the people who shared it. 

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I led a Celebration Recovery group in Chehalis a couple years ago when I was working with women who had spent so many years using drugs that their real personalities were hidden under their extreme toxic behaviors.

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From time to time, I’m reminded how fragile life is and how important it is to say the things I ought to before it’s too late. One of the harder things with which to cope is wrestling with things left unsaid. Countless people have greatly struggled with deaths of loved ones mainly because th…

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When my husband and I returned home from a couple short trips, there was a message on our answering machine from the Publishers Clearing House. I was not impressed. I waited two days before giving my husband the number.