Category Archives: True Story

Single Mindedness

The secret to genius is focus. I have a neighbor and friend who is father to two grown daughters and grandfather to four, two boys and two girls. The younger boy has always caused concern for his mother and grandfather as he has one passion in life, baseball. Scouts came around through his high school […]

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I Fell For It

I think of myself as an aware person and, with maturity, a cautious person. I know about the scams of people being ripped off, especially during the holidays. A few days before Christmas I was at a local grocery store. Like most people I have a routine. I put my reusable bags in the cart […]

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The Life I Have

When I feel frustrated with where I am, or who I am, I remind myself the life I have is the one I chose. I got together with a longtime friend of mine recently. She has four kids; the younger two came into her family late in life. She talked about where she would be […]

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What Really Matters?

Anyone living in California was forced to answer the question last week: what really matters? With fires raging throughout the state, I, like most people made a list of what to take if forced to evacuate. The list was long, but realistically if I had 15 minutes to get out it would be my dog, […]

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Strangers Being Kind to Strangers

An elderly friend has a very long, steep driveway. She was expecting a package and got the notification on her phone that the delivery arrived. The transport person threw the box in the driveway almost at street level. She walked down the “hill” with her cane and wrestled with the box, her balance, and her […]

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What If No Second Chances?

A friend of mine told me they added a dog to their human family of 4. The husband was a regular runner hitting the streets for exercise daily. As a consistent runner with my own dog I said to him that will be a great time to bond with your new family member. He said […]

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Letting You In

I’ve learned we all long for connection, a closeness with others. I notice it all around me beginning with small moments of quiet friendship. When I walk my same route/path every day, people smile and wave because they think they know me and my dog. We’re familiar even though we don’t know each other’s name. […]

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I Need Your Help

There is magic in these four words: “I need your help.” On a recent visit to my hometown of Milwaukee, WI I had a question about my iPhone. I could have searched online and looked for an answer and eventually found it. Then I could find the courage to tap whatever button the online article […]

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Do You Believe…

A friend who has a pool service business, a big business worth six figures annually, is on his third battle with cancer in ten years. In 2009, the disease attacked his foot. He lost a piece of one toe and was fine. Five years later cancer showed up in his leg, the same leg as […]

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Keep Moving

While on a hike at a well known Los Angeles trail, my dog and I were climbing up one of the most challenging parts of the trail. We saw a bunch of young people running down the hill screaming and telling everyone to turn around. I looked ahead and asked why. They said there was […]

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