Category Archives: Life Transitions

When You Long to Escape

Some days I dream about escaping. I picture myself at the Hotel del Coronado (“the Del”) on the southern California coast for three days. By myself. The dream is most vivid seconds before I open the door for the first … Continue reading

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Experiencing Grace

My mother speaks in scripts now. She bears the look of the very old. Clouded eyes and clouded mind. Alzheimer’s? The doctor said sometimes it’s impossible to know until an autopsy. I am my mother’s keeper. I see her daily … Continue reading

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Married 50 years and Never a Dull Moment by Betty Mason Arthurs

  Married 50 Years and Never a Dull Moment by Betty Mason Arthurs Yes, we’ve been married 50 years in June. I believe a few words sums up our marriage: Never a dull moment and plenty of dumb ones. Our … Continue reading

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A Thankful Heart of a Heart of Praise by Donna Clark Goodrich

A Thankful Heart—or a Heart of Praise “…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything” (Ephesians 5:20 niv). “Develop an attitude of praise,” our pastor told us in his Sunday message. “It will change your life.” I decided to … Continue reading

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“What Do We Do with That?” by Donna Clark Goodrich

“What Do We Do With That?” I have a friend who is a hoarder. Her bed is covered to the point she barely has room to crawl in at night. She told me recently that she has been throwing away … Continue reading

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Hints for the New Widow(er). . . by Donna Clark Goodrich

Take Time to Grieve Everyone grieves differently. While one person may seem to have boundless energy and begin immediately cleaning and sorting and getting rid of things, another may find it difficult to get out of bed and face a … Continue reading

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I’m an Old Lady and It’s My Husband’s Fault by Betty Mason Arthurs

I’m an Old Lady and It’s My Husband’s Fault…by Betty Mason Arthurs I turned 70 years this month, but when did I turn old? Now I remember and how could I forget? My husband John pushed me over the edge … Continue reading

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