Learning from failure

The teacher walked up and down the aisle handing out magic markers and brightly colored folders like you might find at an office supply store. I got a red one, the girl in front of me got an orange one. It was the first day of school, I was starting the sixth grade, and, of …

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Time to celebrate!

My daughter and son graduate this week, one from college, one from basic training. I have a million thoughts racing through my mind: memories of them as young kids; long talks that we’ve had about what they wanted to do with their lives; and the challenges they’ve overcome. They've worked so hard to get to …

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Life’s first steps lead to a lifetime of surprises

I love surprises. I can think of a few over the years that have given me goosebumps: The first time Erin rolled over on her side when she was a baby. The look of surprise on her cherub-like face was priceless. The first time Sean slid down the sliding board, he toppled over and instead …

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