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If You Need an Excuse . . . The Power and Pain of Separation

By Monica Nelson Standing in the back of the crowded pavilion, the largest building for miles able to accommodate this size crowd, I watched as two darkly dressed, solemn-faced funeral workers shifted the coffin into place in front of otherwise inconspicuous back doors. Within seconds, the doors opened. The new widow flanked by two young men emerged slowly from the opening. The trio stepped up to the coffin and stared down into it. Though we were not close to the family, the youngest of the children is my son’s classmate. We wanted to show our support for them at a very difficult time. The standing-room only crowd forced us closer … Continue reading

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The Morning Pinks are Just as Beautiful, or an Evolution of Gratitude

By Monica Nelson Pink in the morning, sailor’s warning. Pink at night, sailor’s delight. –Anonymous That was one of my mother’s favorite sayings. Of course, the saying refers to weather. But as I’ve weathered the storms in my life, I’ve come to equate morning pink with difficulties and hardship. My life did not turn out to be what I envisioned it to be as a young girl. There has been much more pain and struggle than I hoped or expected. In response to those struggles, I’ve sought after more than a few emotional tools to keep me going. I’ve found that gratitude and being thankful is a great motivator that … Continue reading

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