TODAY’S FEATURED POST

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#BlogActionDay

I believe in action. In my later years, though, my actions have become a little more thoughtful. It may be that I choose my battles more carefully, but I think it is because I now understand that the nuances of change are sometimes imperceptible. I recognize that some of my bold moves of the past may have done more harm than the good that I intended. I had a bold plan for today. I planned a bit of a rant - a call to arms. And then I heard the still, small voice of Dr. William Ferris (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),  who is teaching about the American South on coursera.org. His discussion of contested memory challenged me to question my own beliefs. Did the South lose the war? Didn't those bound in slavery win? … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

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Thinking of You

My Dear Friends. Losing a child is something that I can never contemplate. Sometimes I practice in my mind for the future – what would I do without my husband, or with the catching sorrow of losing another sister. I cannot and would not have those thoughts concerning my children and grandchildren. It is unthinkable. […]

Acceptance and Change

Dear Nephew, Thank you for sharing your insights with me.  I’m happy for you that you can take responsibility for those things in your life which you have done and still understand that much of what happens in our lives (especially our childhood) is without our input and outside of our control.  It’s very releasing […]

You are Enough!

I wish I had learned all of this the first time. I think it bears repeating…and so I am bringing this letter forward. Dear Granddaughter, I have been thinking about who you are.   You are smart; you are beautiful; you are kind and generous (btw, no one is 100% on this);  you are clever and […]

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FORM LETTERS

Welcome to My World of Letters

Many of you are looking for a specific letter for ideas to help you write to someone you love. You are welcome to take what you need from this site for your personal use. But here’s the deal. You can do it yourself.  Go to the top of the main blog page or click here […]

…on the Birth of a Child

So many of you are looking for a letter to your new child, I am re-posting this. Dear Child of Mine, Since before your first breath you have been cherished. You were born into love. What a miracle you are. The grip of your tiny fingers fills me with joy that now rests in my […]

Loving…no matter what…

I sometimes bring this letter forward from my archives because there seem to be a lot of people searching for letters to write to their own children.  Originally post December 3, 2011. Dear Children, I am think of unconditional love today.  Of what it really means. I love you.  Without qualifying conditions. You needn’t earn […]

…On Your 21st Birthday

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who are looking for an idea or a template for a letter of your own. Happy Birthday! Where have these years have gone. If I close my eyes I can still feel your tiny […]

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You Might Want to Know…

Anti-American?

My friend thinks that I am against all things American. She has told me this often enough that I have to examine myself. After all, I am American… There are certainly issues in the United States that raise my dander, my sense of responsibility, and my frustration levels. I continue to be disturbed by inequality […]

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A Language Lesson

Who knew that a shining moment in my quest to be a loving and helping person would come by saying fewer than 20 words? A little background… My sisters, two friends and I are living the dream in southern Italy. We have rented an apartment for a month in a town rarely visited by Americans […]

Naming Names

My husband often repeats a family catch-phrase, “Call me anything but late for dinner”. I guess I can go with that. I am who I am no matter what I am called.  Although I have been touchy about some things. I don’t like people shortening my name to Lynn. My sister-in-law is the only one […]

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