Snow, treacherous snow

A frozen, white ocean stretches across my front window. Roiling waves break against the cement, frothing up into dirty chunks of snow and ice. Wednesday, the storm hit during the commute. My oldest comes home from school on the city bus. She had called to ask me to come pick her up. I ...

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Writers of the Future

Last night, I got a call. My husband answered it and gave the phone to me with a look that said, “I have no idea who this is.” It turned out that the story I submitted there last quarter has just been made honorable mention! Yay!  And now, because they have an ...

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Work and play

I just finished an article for a magazine that was a huge challenge. I had to fit lots of instruction in a very exact format with not just an overall limit on words, but many steps each with their own word count limit, with a two week deadline.  While I get ...

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Is Reiki religion or science?

The claim has been made that Reiki is not a religion, but is evidence based medicine. So I decided to compare it to both religion and medicine to see where it fit best. I think I’m a pretty good choice to do the comparison since I am both religious and ...

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The mind/body connection

There has been an interesting discussion about complementary and alternative medicine between bloggers Lynn and #1 Dinosaur. One thing I’d like to point out in this discussion is why the mind/body connection is not alternative medicine. By alternative medicine, I mean therapies that patients pursue that have little to no scientific backing. It ...

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President Hinckley passes on

My sister just emailed me. I hadn’t watched the news in the last two hours, and so I ‘missed’ the report of the death of the prophet. I don’t think we could classify this event as sad. It is simply a time of change. As David G. from the Juvenile Instructor said, “The prophet is ...

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Run through the cold, clear morning

This morning, when I looked out the window there was some quality about the sunshine that said “Get out here and run!” It was still below freezing, so I slathered on the moisturizer and layered up the clothing. Couldn’t find a hat, so I folded a fleece scarf in half, wrapped ...

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I found my green thumb

Virtual 3D plants are cool. They give you instant results, and they don’t die. Unless your computer crashes. Unfortunately, you can’t eat them. I am currently describing and classifying them. This will make it easier to use some of the botanical books I inherited from my great uncle.  Imagine pages and pages ...

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Business correspondance in the electronic age

Dear Sir/Madam, To whom it may concern, Hi, Hello, How does one address an unknown person who is neverthless an important person within a company they are trying to contact? I’m not sure if it is as cut and dry as searching out the proper etiquette in a style manual. ...

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