Category Archives: Family

Grace

We have all met people who personify grace: kind, empathetic, forgiving. Sometimes grace is recognized through a gentle touch, an encouraging word, or just a simple smile. When I need kindness, forgiveness, or empathy God has a knack of sending … Continue reading

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Exceed Expectations through Valuing Others

As a professional educator for 21 years, I have developed thousands of relationships. Some were short, some long. Some have been shallow, some deep.                        I have collaborated with professional … Continue reading

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A True Spirit of Christmas

On Saturday morning, December 22, 2012, our ten-year-old daughter opened the front door to our home and found quite a surprise.  With big eyes, high voice, and harnessed excitement she turned to her mother and siblings and said, “Come look! … Continue reading

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Eva’s Story: A Reflection of the Life of My Grandma Birr

I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of my mother and her siblings at the funeral for my Grandmother.  Eva Birr was a special person to many people, and it was an honor to formulate a few thoughts and … Continue reading

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Remember What Your Father Told You?

Seems like I have been getting unsolicited advice and direction from my father since I was old enough to listen.  As is the case with most, I, too, went through stages of my life when I listened, then I questioned, … Continue reading

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Allowing Teenagers to Grow Spiritually

As a high school English teacher I have the opportunity each and every day to interact with an interesting yet complex group of people.  Teenagers are battling identity issues, emotional swings, physical development, and hormonal rushes that often lead to, … Continue reading

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A Sacred Promise: The Joy of Faith and Hope – Update

The final edits and the full interior layout will be submitted to my publisher, Mill City Press, on Friday September 30, 2011.  The production of the book has not gone as smoothly as I thought it would, but, nevertheless, we … Continue reading

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A Sacred Promise: The Joy of Faith and Hope

My second non-fiction memoir, A Sacred Promise: The Joy of Faith and Hope, is currently in the production stage of the publishing process.  I am so excited about this manuscript!  I am eager for the final product to become a … Continue reading

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Travesty NOT History in the Making: Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill

I am disappointed in our state’s politicians.  Yes, the Fab14, those 14 Senate Democrats who have decided to leave the state of Wisconsin to give Wisconsin’s populace time to process the Budget Repair Bill Governor Walker has proposed are skipping … Continue reading

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My Love for School

As I was struggling my way through the 5 and a 1/2 foot snow drift at the end of my driveway this morning, I could not help but be thankful to the county union workers who were out doing their … Continue reading

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