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“A Thank You Letter to My Birth Father Who Left Me”

Dear Frank, I woke up this morning thinking more than usual about life and death and everything we get to do in between. I thought about my arrival to this lifetime, and of my beautiful mother who was just a kid herself when she had me at 20 years old in 1968, and of my beloved grandparents who took us in, and of the safe and loving (and even sometimes magical) childhood they made sure I had. Read more…

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“8 Reasons Why Healthy & Happy is a Choice”

People often comment on how positive I always am and wonder how I’m able to find a bright side or a higher purpose in everything around me. They reach out to me, wanting to know how they can ‘get’ this way too. I read their emails or listen to their stories, usually something about Life ‘happening’ to them. Read more…

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“How Remembering Your Younger Self Makes You a Better Grown-Up”

Every morning I’m greeted with a black and white photo of myself when I was three years old and the familiar eyes inspire me. This little blonde girl who smiles back at me is the epitome of a happy child: precious, and unaware of the powerful blank and open canvas she possesses inside of her. Her spirit is free and trusting and her heart is intuitively hopeful that a life of pure goodness awaits her. Read more…

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“How Believing I Could Change My Life Actually Did”

When I was five years old I believed in myself. I stood up to a neighborhood kid that picked on my best friend Susan, even though that bully girl was a lot taller and bigger than me. I had plans to draw every day for the rest of my life. I wanted to fly to England to meet Davy Jones of the Monkees so I could marry him. I believed all these things could come true – simply because my little heart imagined them so. Then two big, life-shifting things happened. Read more…

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“How Being a Single Mom Was the Love Story of My Life”

People say being a single parent is hard, and it can be and it is. But there’s something really quite wonderful about being a single mother of an only child. For the last 10 years before he went off to college, from ages 8 to 18, my now 19-year old son and I got to play by our own rules. We blasted classic rock throughout the house, ate our meals on the living room table with chopsticks and reading books and candles, and pulled 12-hour all-nighters watching entire seasons of Monk and Breaking Bad. Read more…

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“Reunited After 43 Years: The Magic of Our Lives”

I always marvel at the interconnectedness we humans have and often wonder, did I pass this person at the market somewhere else in the outside world before today? Is a stranger related to me or someone I know? What becomes of another’s life when you part ways and are busy tending to your own? Read more…

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“Why I Was Selfish When Raising My Child”

Often people comment on the “sacrifices” I’ve made as a single mother, but what people don’t see is how unapologetically and proudly SELFISH I’ve been too. For every choice I’ve made to benefit my son, there were others that needed to serve ME first. If years ago I had waited until Richie was off to college or until my bills were paid or until the proverbial “perfect time” arrived for me to earn my right or time or wings, I’d not have evolved into the person I am today. Nor would he be the same young man. Read more…

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“Who Would Miss You Most if You Were Gone?”

Once upon a pretty time there lived a beautiful soul named Rose Fiorelli Rabbitt who was born before the digital age and so she knew deeply and taught me of the importance of presence. Since witnessing the decline of my beautiful 90-year-old Grandmother late last year, when old age and dementia claimed her body and mind, I’ve seen Life in a more grateful, slower motion. Read more…

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“Why You Should Smile at Others: Because You Can”

When I was in high school, someone wrote under her senior photo this quote: If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. The year was 1985. She was a shy and quiet girl who didn’t appear to have any friends. I had just arrived as a new student and barely knew anyone myself, but it saddened me; because I never knew if that was her way of telling us kids to notice her. Read more…

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