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Ah, the holidays…how bittersweet.

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, with Christmas right around the corner. Shortly after that we will start another year. I both love and dislike this time of year. The reasons I love it are the obvious ones: time with family, festive hearts and joyful reunions. I start each year looking forward to decorating and shopping, yet somehow still dreading…

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The anatomy of siblings.

I once read an article in Time Magazine about the true definition of a “life partner”. When we hear the term “life partner” everyone assumes it’s our significant other when in reality, these people enter our lives well into our years. The true definition of a life partner is a person that is with you from beginning…to end. The only…

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Some Thoughts

Recently, some things have happened that have weighed heavy on my heart. For once, this isn’t about any person from my own tribe. Currently, things are STATUS-QUO and for that I am grateful! However and recently (for a few friends) life has not handed out the proverbial “bowl of cherries”. In fact, it’s been down-right crappy! One friend recently lost…

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NEVER say never…

Have you ever said, “I will NEVER ______ again”?! Only to find that you have done the very “blah blah” thing you said you would never do? It is quite silly isn’t it? to say that one will NEVER do “blah blah”?! Being human, we are ever-changing, ever-growing. We are all at once emotionally invested, then we become completely un-invested…

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life lessons from LEO

You know it’s funny. We grew up without really ever having “pets”. Sure we were surrounded by animals on the farm and there was the occasional “farm” dog but beyond that I never had that whole Lassie experience (except on TV) as a child. Most likely it was because there were just so many of us kids to keep track…

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How My Siblings are My Peeps.

The other day I asked a patient that I was caring for who they had with them (a normal question we ask all patients) as they sat there alone in the pre-op room, assuming that even though they were there alone their family would come later. “Will someone be here to pick you up after surgery then”, I asked. “No,…

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Why Ally Thinks Valentines Day sucks…

Happy Valentine’s Day…..I guess. For me, this is just one more day. I am the most unromantic person I know, next to my friend Doug aka Heather Douglas 😉. Right Doug? For confirmation you can ask my hubby Bru. I will add further that he’s not exactly big on this day either, but I believe he’s remembered it more than…

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February, Anderson Style

February in Minnesota is usually a swift kick in the pants…we get snow, rain, sleet, thunder, sunshine and confused birds…basically we are the epicenter for weather phenom. Well, my February can just trip over itself already. We have had so many days off school I feel like we are in summer break, but the weather is too cold to send…

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The Thing About Hands

As far back as I can remember, my grandma Elsie had the same hands.  They were not pretty hands, in fact, they were quite disfigured.  They were covered with age spots and scars, from a life of hard work both inside, and out.  Her hands were gnarled and twisted from arthritis, with her fingers taking a definite turn away from…

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A Memory of My Mom

So I thought of mom today. I was sewing and I couldn’t help but think of her, after all she taught me to sew. As a young girl, my mother always seemed to be sewing. She was a talented seamstress. In fact, she made some of my bridesmaids dresses for my wedding. I remember as a young girl, standing next…

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His Day

Here we are October 25th.  I can’t believe that we are nearing the end of 2018.  Time flies, faster and faster with age! October is filled with some fun things!  Halloween for one!  SO fun for the kids and this year I decorated a bit more for this scary evening!  We also have a lot of birthdays this month.  It…

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How I am Finding My Calm, By Facing My Past

Do you long for the place where you grew up?  Or do you still live there?  For me, it is neither though there is still the attachments to home.  Those attachments come in the form of family, especially my siblings that still live where we grew up, and wonderful friends who chose to make their life “back home”.  It is…

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In The End

It seems often my mind will wander back over the years at the times or the things that I should’ve or could’ve done differently.  It starts simply enough, any little thing will trigger the memories.  This day, it started with the movie A Star Is Born.  I have already given enough testament to how great I think this movie is,…

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Seeing The World In An 18 Wheeler

I was giving my brother Chad a ride to work today, and we came upon a semi-truck trying to back into a tight spot.  We stopped in the middle of the road to allow him a few minutes to navigate his large vehicle, and then we proceeded on. Of course, with so many things this triggered a memory of my…

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