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Jul.10.2010
All of us were grappling with life issues –work, environments, relationships of one sort or another. Each of us had reached a crossroad in which we would choose new directions, discover fresh options and once again reinvent ourselves. Our spontaneity, originality and willingness to explore...
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Jul.04.2010
There is a tree in our town that for several years has been anonymously decorated to commemorate various occasions –this time the 4th of July. In these times of great seriousness over national dilemmas and disasters, these decorations not only offer a reminder to passersby to celebrate...
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Jun.26.2010
Most of us have seen depictions of Lady Justice, a female figure holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other. Portraying Justice as a female figure dates back to ancient Greek and Roman images. In Roman mythology, Justicia (Justice) was one of the four Virtues along...
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Jun.11.2010
I don’t remember where I got it, but I have a T-shirt that states, Your lips keep moving… but all I hear is Blah Blah Blah. Though it seems a little rude at first, it holds one of the small secrets in my stash of survival skills. It has to do with the difference between hearing (which I...
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Jun.05.2010
I had an epiphany the other day, one long overdue. Though I have known for many years that children frequently blame themselves for any negativity that’s happening in their parents’ lives, and that it often takes years of therapy to recover from the resulting low self-image, I never understood...
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May.30.2010
It’s been raining in the Napa Valley. And raining… and raining… and raining. It’s been cold, too. April in California this year was the 12th coldest in the 113 years anyone has been keeping records. And just when I thought it was over, it rained most of May as well. It even hailed, turning ...
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May.16.2010
In the Preface to my book DARKNESS OVERTURNED, I explain my pen name. There are several reasons why I chose for myself the name EsthersChild. The Esther of biblical antiquity had neither father nor mother ―and in a real sense, neither have I . . . One of the reasons I did NOT give was that I was...
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May.08.2010
With Mother’s Day arriving, my oldest daughter Cassie and I were talking about childhood memories. Through the years her memories of how things happened and my memory of the same incidents hasn’t always concurred. It used to make us both unhappy because we each knew we were right. Accusations...
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Apr.25.2010
It wasn’t until I was enrolled in a personal growth retreat that I discovered something deeply unsettling: my inner child had gone missing. With each exercise in which we were to close our eyes and visualize our inner child, I was left with a blank screen. Panic was building in my heart. With...
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Apr.25.2010
It wasn’t until I was enrolled in a personal growth retreat that I discovered something deeply unsettling: my inner child had gone missing. With each exercise in which we were to close our eyes and visualize our inner child, I was left with a blank screen. Panic was building in my heart. With...
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