Mama J on September 28th, 2011

Last Saturday our oldest daughter, my stepdaughter, was the first of our kids to get married! Click here to read part 1 of my post. I promised more details about the ways the wedding ceremony balanced honor and acceptance. First of all, Brianna’s aunt (who is Brianna’s mom’s sister and was her best friend) attended […]

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Mama J on October 14th, 2009

In doing research for one of my writing projects, I became inspired by this quote: “The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” — Viktor Frankl, Austrian psychotherapist, author, and Holocaust survivor These powerful words remind us that every day we are in charge of our attitudes and behaviors.  […]

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Mama J on March 6th, 2009

I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how fragile life is. Even more specifically, how fragile are the lives of flesh and blood (or fur and blood) beings. So much of the world’s actions or illness could wipe us out overnight. So imagine my contemplations confirmed when I read […]

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Mama J on December 10th, 2008

Life appears to be too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong. — Charlotte Bronte I have been struggling with what I perceive as a phase in the relationship with one of my stepchildren.  I’ve been feeling rejected, as if I’m not a person of any significance in this child’s life. Then […]

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