I Wish You Love Actually

I rang in 2014 by watching the film Love Actually (2003 release). Who else loves this movie? For those unfamiliar, Love Actually is set in London and weaves together different tales of love. The film stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney and others.

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A Prayer for Peace

The world, I believe, is still beautiful. The sun fills my kitchen in Denver with pure light. If  I close my eyes, I can feel the warmth of that light. And yet I feel pain,too. The kind of pain that almost belies the reality of words. Still, I will try.

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Lessons on Acceptance

I ought to know that death pays no heed to the natural order of life. I first learned this lesson nearly a decade ago when my husband Brett died at thirty-nine years old. Until then, I’d been relatively sheltered from calamity, at least among family.

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Women of Second Acts

Brace yourself…we are among Denver’s mid-stage widows, otherwise known as The Second Act.  Each of us in our own way has either launched her Act 2 or is hoping to do so in time.

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The Lesson of Stinky Potatoes

I am a secular Jew, and while faith comes to me through varied mediums like poetry, song, friendship, the Christian hymn Amazing Grace, cooking, and wandering in the mountains, among other ways, I tend to be very receptive during these ‘Days of Awe.’

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Pure Sensation

Scene: Four African-American men in Glasgow, Kentucky, hunting friends for fifty years. They tell the same stories, laugh at the same jokes, complete one another’s sentences. Intimate beyond intimate, the men transcend time and place. The world changes around them but they live simply, and amidst nature. It’s a quiet, reverent lifestyle.

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On Secrets

Every family has its secrets–uncomfortable remnants of the past or matters of the heart too raw to reveal. But what if you discovered a family secret so powerful that the truth challenged your very identity?

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