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Zooming in on Joy

Over the last two years I’ve gone from being a fairly avid runner who paid pretty careful attention to what I consumed to, well, the current version of me. Some junky life stuff happened and I “let myself go” as they say. I try not to allow photos of myself…

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Goodbye from the Window Seat

I answered that I always have a speech in my back pocket when my mom asked if I wanted to say anything or read something at my stepdad’s memorial service. It was a half-truth. While always prepared to share words about uncovering joy, I hadn’t quite prepared for that particular…

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Service as Joy

I recently made a career change, and during the interview I was asked what sparked my interest in the position. Without any hesitation, my answer was, “The word ‘support’ is in the title.” I then shared some of my story, which I hesitated to do because I don’t want to…

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I shared my Two Cents and Some Joy on election day four years ago. At that time I didn’t share my political views or my choice in the election, instead focusing on my choice to remain respectful, regardless of the outcome. For most of this election cycle I remained quiet….

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The Wurst Grandma

When your last name is Wurst, you have to make the best of it. And my grandma did. She was known for her cinnamon rolls. They were made in the same pan for I don’t know how many years, and when she would turn that pan over onto the paper…

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Dear Brian

Dear Brian, If I could talk to you today, I’d wish you a happy 42nd birthday. I’d make you a big pan of apple crisp and a carrot cake – with a double layer of cream cheese frosting, of course. I’d tease you about being a year older than me,…

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Year Five

Four years ago today an oncologist walked into Brian’s room at HealthPark Medical Center and delivered the news we were, unfortunately, expecting but also fearing. Four years ago Brian and I began that 112-day journey that would lead to the end of his life and the end of the first…

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Are You Okay?

When you spend so much of your time trying to share joy with others, trying to be a source of hope and happiness, you can feel a bit like a fraud in those moments when you whine and gripe, when you grumble and pout, and when your first reaction is…

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Messy Masterpieces

I had this great idea back in July to set a goal and run a 50k on December 12. I met the early bird deadline and paid my entry fee. I booked my hotel. I planned my travel route. My running plan was laid out in a spreadsheet, noted and…

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The One Where I Couldn’t Come Up With a Great Title

This week I have learned (or perhaps I’ve just remembered) that looking to the future is important, but you cannot look at a finish line without also looking at the starting line and the course. In fact, sometimes you can’t even see the finish line because it’s so far away,…

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