The Bell

With the Christmas Season upon us, I often think of bells. Jingle bells, sleigh bells…. What do bells symbolize at Christmas? They are rung during Christmas to announce the arrival of the season, to proclaim the birth of Christ. Ringing of bells can be traced back to pagan winter celebrations. During those times, noisemakers were used to scare away evil […]

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Knowledge is Power

I’ve “met” so many incredible people over the years through the melanoma community. It’s a tight community, one based on support, compassion and education of melanoma. I’ve shed many tears as I’ve walked beside these friends through their journey with cancer.  Most of us share our stories in the hopes that perhaps one person might […]

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We Are Ironmen

“Excuse me, don’t call me daddy anymore, you can call me Ironman”, Josh jokes with his kids. Last week I had the honor of watching my son, Joshua, complete his first Ironman. I had been planning this trip for a long time, soon after he signed up for the event.    For those that don’t […]

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Running Over Words

Looking back a week after my “Recovery Marathon”, I marvel at the human body and what it’s capable of enduring. Half way through the marathon, the first cramp clenched around my thigh, tightening, crippling. What the heck? I rubbed the area hard and tried to walk though it’s fierce grip. I tried to run through […]

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What Path Do You Choose?

Now that I’ve started to blog again, I’m always thinking about new topics to write about. Well, perhaps that isn’t true. I think about things to write about all the time, but now I’m putting those thoughts down on paper again. My mind tends to look at circumstances and the environment around me as if […]

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My Buddy, Logan..

I devised a plan on how I was going to save the world. My world. As soon as Sheryl and I got back from the Bahamas two years ago, I walked into the gym. Fitness 19 was not far from my home; I knew it would be a good place to start. If I’m being […]

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Things I Learned, and Things I knew…

Sunday was a spectacular day for a race. The roads were still wet from the overnight rain. There was just enough chill in the air. Perfect running conditions for the 8:00 am start. This was to be my second marathon. The first was the Erlander Chattanooga Marathon last March where I ran with my son, […]

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My Handful of Acorns

It is appropriate to go back to where I took the fork in the road. Jillian had died. I was going through the motions of living day by day. I held down a job. I spent time with my precious grand-kids, my children and their partners. My family. My friends. I made memories. In spite […]

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The Story Doesn’t End There

Many of you know me as Mama Bear, the author of the blog, “Jillian’s Journey with Melanoma, A Mother’s Story“. I started that blog many years ago when my daughter Jillian was first diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer. It was my way of keeping family and friends updated with Jillian’s progress as our family traveled through […]

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