Holding on

Apr 17, 2014 by

Here’s my question: What or who am I holding on to? And, what or who is waiting for me to let go? I think perhaps one of...

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It is well.

Apr 14, 2014 by

Assurance. I think it’s one of the most precious tools we have at our disposal, and one that we use so rarely. One of the great...

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This Puzzle Piece Life

Apr 11, 2014 by

I’m not much of a puzzle person. I like it when they’re completed, but the process of painstakingly matching up every...

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On playing games

Apr 4, 2014 by

Rules, rules, rules… They’re everywhere. Society has them, we call them “norms.” Work has them, we call those...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Apr 3, 2014 by

Perhaps one of the greatest achievements a person can attain in their lifetime is having a right view of themselves… but...

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What’s the point?

Apr 2, 2014 by

If you hang around MAC’s Musings much, I’m sure you’ve picked up on a theme over the past few months. I’ve...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Apr 1, 2014 by

Did you know that we can help each other to Love well? And also hinder it? I’ve never before realized how well thought out the...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Mar 31, 2014 by

So far in this series I’ve been thinking about things that love is, now it’s time to look at the first thing love...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Mar 28, 2014 by

How kind am I really? I guess that depends on my definition of being kind. Is kindness simply the absence of being rude or hurtful?...

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10 Reasons to eat Thai food wh...

Mar 25, 2014 by

1. It takes them under 5 minutes to make your order from scratch. Get the phone number off the sign in the parking lot, call and place...

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Baby, don’t hurt me (lov...

Mar 24, 2014 by

Is it divine truth or cruel irony that the first characteristic of love defined in 1 Cor. 13:4 is patience. Yes. Love, and God by...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (wha...

Mar 21, 2014 by

Do you remember that early 90′s song “What is love? (Baby, don’t hurt me)”, it has (quite annoyingly) been...

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On times and seasons

Mar 20, 2014 by

Yesterday, the last day of winter, I went for a really long walk. For the first time in months I tackled my whole neighborhood, every...

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Anywhere (but here)

Mar 19, 2014 by

A friend of mine, who went to Bible college, recounted the story of the schools “missions club”. The running joke was,...

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Do we really want to “ba...

Mar 14, 2014 by

I don’t know the person in charge of marketing for the Girl Scouts – but I have no doubt they’re being paid really...

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Transition: the most necessary...

Mar 13, 2014 by

It seems like so many people I talk to are in the middle of a transition. Jobs, moving, seasons, relationships, health, hairstyles...

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Messy Mondays and Morning Merc...

Mar 11, 2014 by

It’s not often that I have days that I would categorize as a compete “fail”. But yesterday was one. In my defense, I...

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Where you think you stand

Mar 7, 2014 by

It all started a few months ago. I was catching up with a good friend and was asked, “How are you doing in this area?” To...

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To try, or not to try…

Mar 6, 2014 by

I’ve had to have “the talk” with a few of my students recently. It’s kind of like the DTR (define the...

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Does your God have little arms...

Mar 4, 2014 by

I’ll freely admit, I don’t get how faith works. Should we go around “naming it and claiming it”? Do we just...

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Learning how to respond

Mar 3, 2014 by

I don’t know what you think about the Duggars (the reality tv family with 19 kids). To be truthful, I don’ t know what I...

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When the rope runs out

Feb 27, 2014 by

Last night I got to the end of my rope, again. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. But don’t worry, I’m not...

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Running in Circles

Feb 26, 2014 by

Have you ever had the sensation of, “I’ve been here before.” You look around and can’t help but think,...

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You killed our love fern!

Feb 25, 2014 by

Every spring I get the itch to garden. I start thinking of all the lovely organic vegetables I could grow for “free”. I go...

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You’re one of us!

Feb 24, 2014 by

Wedding season is upon us… again. As such, I found myself trekking down to New Jersey for a friend’s nuptials this past...

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Just a little different

Feb 21, 2014 by

Well, that wasn’t supposed to happen. I hate when totally well-meant questions/comments turn your whole day upside down. When...

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The Need To Know Basis

Feb 19, 2014 by

I like to think of myself as a fairly open person. While I might not readily volunteer personal information to people I’m not...

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Timing is Everything

Feb 18, 2014 by

Christianity isn’t about mindless acceptance. It isn’t a religion that requires you “check your brain at the...

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Why my name’s in the add...

Feb 17, 2014 by

It’s days like these that make me wish I wrote an anonymous blog. I would be famous. But no one would know it was me. My best...

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Dumping the fool’s erran...

Feb 14, 2014 by

The obligatory Valentine’s Day post. This is where I’m supposed to either be totally in love with love or tell you all why...

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Are we tourists, travelers or ...

Feb 13, 2014 by

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll every get off this continent. Don’t get me wrong, North America is great, it’s just that...

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Good for you! Or is it?

Feb 11, 2014 by

I had a defining moment, about 6 years ago that was so simple and yet, looking back has really had a huge impact. I was attending a...

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What Jesus Can’t Do

Feb 10, 2014 by

Ah, family and friends. My family moved a few times while I was growing up. Major moves. Halfway across the country moves. As such,...

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Pardon me, but your bondage is...

Feb 7, 2014 by

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s, no shock there. I’ve pretty much lost touch with who most of the people being...

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What kind of laugh do you have...

Feb 6, 2014 by

For better or for worse, I’m a laugher. I laugh when I’m nervous, I laugh when I’m happy, I laugh when I’m not...

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The moment of confusion

Feb 5, 2014 by

Today I witnessed, what I believe was, the first moment my nephews were utterly confused by the things women do. The first of many,...

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Deceptively deep puddles

Feb 4, 2014 by

A few years ago my dad had a “landmark” birthday. And, because every big birthday in our family is commemorated with a...

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Hear the depth’s echo

Feb 3, 2014 by

I’m a natural sprinter, marathon running has never held much appeal. I like projects, with specific boundaries, visible end...

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It is enough.

Jan 31, 2014 by

Jacob had been having a hard year… or really a hard few decades. Actually, things hadn’t really gone smoothly for Jacob...

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Life Lesson: The harder I hold...

Jan 30, 2014 by

I love coffee. Coffee in the morning. Coffee at noontime. And (sadly cause I’m getting old, decaf) coffee in the evening....

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But, what are you for?

Jan 29, 2014 by

They say that the best motivator for unity is a common enemy. I disagree. Sure, having a common enemy will motivate groups that hate...

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What you NEED to know.

Jan 28, 2014 by

There’s a growing, and disturbing trend in America of those who claim to be christians, but have no clue what that means. Maybe...

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Lessons from the unplugged

Jan 27, 2014 by

I took a break, but you knew that. And now I’m back, as you can see. Why did I go unplugged for almost three weeks? Well, lots...

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Taking a breather

Jan 9, 2014 by

Well, here we are, one week into 2014. Is it just me, or are you getting the feeling that 2014 is gonna be big? Cause I am. I...

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The holiday spirit

Jan 4, 2014 by

I know this post may seem a little late, but I’m still settling into the concept of 2014. It feels like it should be right...

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What to do on vacation.

Dec 27, 2013 by

Today is my last official vacation day, at least before the weekend. This year I decided to take the week of Christmas off, and I...

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Seeing the end

Dec 20, 2013 by

Have you ever sat in frustration at what God is doing? You asked, but didn’t get an answer. You prayed, but didn’t see a...

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Why I drive past your store: A...

Dec 19, 2013 by

As a music teacher, I find myself with the occasion to purchase music books on a fairly regular basis. When I do I try to think ahead...

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Voluntary technology overload

Dec 12, 2013 by

I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist. Only, I’m the worst kind of conspiracy theorist – the discouraged kind. I look...

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Leading by submission

Dec 6, 2013 by

A few weeks ago a friend and I were talking about submission. We prayed that God would help us have the right heart toward those He...

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On being awesome. And single.

Dec 5, 2013 by

About two months ago I was sent THIS article entitled, “Single and not waiting”. The friend who sent it said, “Hey,...

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Let it begin with me

Dec 3, 2013 by

There’s a well known Christmas song that says, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” While a...

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There is no answer.

Dec 2, 2013 by

I like problems that can be solved. There’s something satisfying about being presented with a dilemma and being able to come to...

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And now you’re wasting m...

Nov 26, 2013 by

I’m a time person. All about time. Not to be confused with a numbers person. I’m totally not about numbers. But time....

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Assume the best

Nov 22, 2013 by

I think I’m too hard on myself. I’m not sure though. You see, people pleasing is a tough subject, because when you call it...

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Is God Stingy?

Nov 14, 2013 by

I’ve found myself feeling a bit impatient recently. The ironic thing is that things are happening, visibly, right in front of...

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Cautiously Optimistic

Nov 5, 2013 by

I feel myself, rather inexplicably, leaning toward optimism recently. It’s not that I’m generally pessimistic, rather I...

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My modest opinion

Nov 1, 2013 by

I’ve been thinking a lot about modesty recently. I bring this topic up with a little weariness because I loath the debate that...

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Let’s Start A Church

Oct 31, 2013 by

I drive a lot for work. In and out and all around town I go – and beyond. In my travels I see many interesting things. Today, as...

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Why God loves you.

Oct 24, 2013 by

Have you ever stopped to wonder why God loves you? Is it because you’re just so lovable? Are you always perfect? Do you do...

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Why we can’t have nice t...

Oct 18, 2013 by

I don’t know where the saying came from – probably some sitcom with a laugh track in the background – but I often...

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I’m not the protector of...

Oct 14, 2013 by

Please tell me you think through conversations you have with people for days afterward… anyone? Anyone? Well, I do. It’s...

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Talk like you’re loved.

Oct 11, 2013 by

There was a whole lot of whining going on when I walked in the house this evening. Isabella (2) was unhappy because she wasn’t...

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Who is your life about?

Oct 2, 2013 by

I woke up this morning, long before it was actually time to get up, and this thought popped into my head: “Embarrassment happens...

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Who you are… Really?

Sep 30, 2013 by

I’m often intrigued by the videos that go viral on Facebook. Some of them are funny. Some of them are serious. Some of them are...

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Just start

Sep 26, 2013 by

Fact: I greatly dislike folding laundry. Fact: My loathing of a task doesn’t eliminate it from life. I used to just not fold...

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29 Candles…

Sep 25, 2013 by

I am 29. That’s intense. Honestly, after all of the hype that everyone made up about turning 29, I’m totally cool with it....

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Pushing Past Fear

Sep 20, 2013 by

I’ve been thinking a lot about how limiting fear is. In some ways, I think I’m more fearful now than I was when I was...

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Spent?

Sep 16, 2013 by

It is well established here that I am introverted. A common error many make when hearing this is to think that means I am shy or maybe...

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Have you made it through your ...

Sep 9, 2013 by

My niece, Isabella, is 2. She is the sweetest, most loving little girl I hang out with. She’s also 2. That girl has a set of...

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The Evils of College? (a homes...

Sep 5, 2013 by

September is here and the children of our nation have gone back to school, to the relief and grief of parents and students everywhere....

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It’s time to garden your...

Sep 2, 2013 by

There is a recurring theme that I hear christians struggling with recently. It is this concept of my part and God’s part. Is it...

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Saturday Mode

Aug 31, 2013 by

I’m officially in Saturday Mode. It’s beautiful. Now, before all of my friends with kids start yelling at me, it’s...

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Taking the fun out of dating?

Aug 27, 2013 by

Isn’t dating fun? Well, isn’t it? I guess it depends on who you ask and where they are in their relationship journey. I...

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For when you don’t see r...

Aug 26, 2013 by

I think one of the more difficult things in life is to keep doing good things even when you don’t see results. I’ve had...

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Dear Spider in my bed…

Aug 24, 2013 by

Congratulations little spider, you’ve finally done it, you’ve finally pushed me over the edge. Sure, I knew when I moved...

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Playing catch up…

Aug 21, 2013 by

I’m coming up for air, hopefully long enough to put together a cohesive post. You know you’ve been (possibly way) too busy...

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Adventures in Fishsitting

Aug 9, 2013 by

The preschoolers and their parents are away for the week, leaving the house and its remaining inhabitants (aka. the fish) under my...

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The Anatomy of a Band

Aug 5, 2013 by

The musical band. It’s a thing of beauty. It’s amazing how a series of instruments with a wide array of functionality,...

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Triaging Life

Aug 2, 2013 by

I have so much to do, I can’t even begin. Does this ever happen to you? I work really well under a certain amount of pressure....

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The land of the free?

Jul 25, 2013 by

Summer, and specifically July, in America has several implications: Humidity, BBQ’s, and the fact that everybody and their...

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What will be will be.

Jul 23, 2013 by

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is to choose my battles. I’m still learning, but...

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A New Englander’s View o...

Jul 22, 2013 by

I honestly both respect and feel pity for people who work retail, it’s not an easy job. That being said, sometimes sales tactics...

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Good Morning Sunshine, the ear...

Jul 19, 2013 by

Have you ever been hit by a completely and utterly random song playing over and over in your head. It happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. A...

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Chasing the happy butterfly

Jul 18, 2013 by

On December 31st of last year I sat in my friend’s living room waiting to ring in the new year. She asked me what I wanted for...

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First impressions or rationali...

Jul 17, 2013 by

I’ve been thinking about first impressions… mostly because a few people have recently expressed what their first...

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What’s really the worst ...

Jul 11, 2013 by

Today I saw yet another article about how to keep away the big C. Cancer, it seems to be just about everyone’s worst nightmare,...

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Bulletproof Coffee: Making pea...

Jul 10, 2013 by

I’ve never been addicted to coffee. It’s a fact. I like coffee, also a fact, but physically speaking my body just...

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By way of update…spider ...

Jul 9, 2013 by

Several people have asked about my spider situation, so I thought I would share a little update. Regarding the spider situation: 1)...

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Despite ourselves.

Jul 8, 2013 by

There are some friendships, deep friendships, that I have despite myself. Friendships were our first impressions were not promising....

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Getting thrown the Loop

Jul 5, 2013 by

Here are some direct quotes from early this week: “Man, I can’t believe how well that went!” “I’m so...

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Photo shoot

Jul 1, 2013 by

This past weekend I decided to take an impromptu trip down to NJ to hang out with my brother and sister-in-law. While there my brother...

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Why I hate summer

Jun 28, 2013 by

Today ends the first week of summer, and unlike spring, it’s here in full force. Summer is the reason why I don’t complain...

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Where are the walls?

Jun 24, 2013 by

Everyday, on my ride into work, I pass a very strange structure. It’s a roof. But this roof isn’t like the other roofs...

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Adventures in Downsizing, part...

Jun 21, 2013 by

Getting settled. You’d think that after getting rid of all of the stuff I got rid of (seriously, there were several trips to...

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How raw is real?

Jun 20, 2013 by

I blog (obviously). I also read blogs. I don’t know, it just kind of goes with the territory. I actually “follow”...

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What my brain sounds like at 2...

Jun 18, 2013 by

It’s 2am and my sleep is gone. Well, to be true, my sleep hasn’t come yet. It all started with a ridiculously...

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My Summer 2013 Bucket List

Jun 14, 2013 by

I have a very bad habit of letting time slip, do you? Think about it, we are literally half way through 2013… does that freak...

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Healthy Chocolate

Jun 13, 2013 by

I’ll go on record, I’m not a chocolate lover. I like chocolate, no doubt, but I’ve never been one to crave it or go...

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Your deepest need

Jun 10, 2013 by

Have you ever stopped to think about your deepest need? We all have one. I have one, you have one, the person walking by my window...

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