Moving Forward While Living in Limbo

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Simple things—like going to the grocery store or spending time with friends—may seem more complicated these days. Depending on where you live, stores and restaurants may be operating at limited capacity with curbside service or takeout only options. Businesses you rely on may have closed temporarily, or for good. If you have been to the doctor lately, you probably had …

Hold on Tight

Melody Morris Commitment, Communication, Connection, Loss, When Life is Difficult Leave a Comment

My husband and I were taking our evening stroll. We are relatively new to the neighborhood and look forward to opportunities to chat and get to know people better. Ken is in the process of tidying up the landscaping around our home, so he enjoys discovering which varieties of flowers, bushes and shrubs are doing well in our neighbor’s yards. …

Don’t Wait. Celebrate!

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People are finding creative ways to mark special events these days. Almost eight-year-old Caleb knew he could not have a birthday party because of social distancing. Caleb loves jeeps. So his mom asked jeep-owning friends to drive by their house on Caleb’s birthday and surprise her son. The request circulated widely. Several days later, more than 300 jeeps paraded down …

When Life is Difficult—Do the Next Right Thing

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What do you do when life is difficult and you feel like things are completely out of your control? Here’s a suggestion from an optimistic actor waging a very public battle with Parkinson’s disease. Do the right thing, and then do the next right thing, and that will lead you to the next right thing after that.     -Michael J. …

Pandemic and the Unexpected Gift

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Pandemic.  At the risk of stating the obvious, we are living through unusual days. No matter what part of the country you are in, if you listen to or read any news at all, you are aware that the world is more than a little chaotic right now. At the very least, there is much uncertainty. And no one really …

The Gift of A Strong Marriage (Part 3) Legacy

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Legacy is often thought of in financial terms. It’s the money or the property or the family heirlooms left behind when someone dies. And while that is true,  legacy is not always something you can hold in your hand. Because legacy is what you pass down to those who come after you. That might include money and property, but it …

Sex, Marriage, and Kelly Clarkson

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America has fallen in love with Kelly Clarkson. The young Texas waitress won the very first season of American Idol back in 2002. She managed to leverage that win into a mega career as a pop music star. Recently, she coached missionary-kid-turned-country-singer Jake Hoot to victory on NBC’s The Voice. And now Kelly Clarkson hosts a very popular talk show. …

Running Together into 2020

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Have you ever seen a three-legged race? Teams of two people tie one leg to the other person’s leg and then take off running together on what looks like three legs. It’s awkward at best. And kind of silly. But after a few clumsy steps, it’s possible for two people who are tied to each other to cooperate and race …

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To Those Who Are Not Happy This Christmas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. At least that’s what the song says. And everywhere people greet each other with “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays!” All over town, churches put on their best seasonal productions, and the music rings out joyfully. Lights twinkle, bells jingle. While at the local mall, Santa offers his best Ho Ho Ho. But …

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Melody Morris Gifts, Giving, Gratitude, Holidays Leave a Comment

It was Thanksgiving weekend many years ago, and my sisters and I were at mom and dad’s house for the holiday. We were sitting around talking and my dad said, “I know what gift I want for Christmas this year.” That stopped the conversation. Dad rarely asked for anything. And selecting a gift for him was always a challenge. “I …