Seeking common ground airplane
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Seeking Common Ground

Opportunities for seeking common ground often present themselves in unexpected ways.   Recently, I flipped through the pages of a religious magazine that was hiding in a stack of magazines in our living room and was stunned by what I read. The pages were filled with scripture, inspiring words, and eternal truths. I was so […]

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Enjoy the little things
Community | Write 31 Days 2017

Enjoy The Little Things

This is Day 7 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days to an Authentic Life. For an index of all the posts in the series, please CLICK HERE. ***Down Aspen Lane is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites […]

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A Light In The Storm

My entire life was caught up in a storm.   At least that’s how it felt as I slowly made my way through the front door of the grocery store, grocery list in hand. One challenge after another in recent days had me feeling that the sun may never shine again. What I didn’t know […]

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Thoughts On Courage From A Lifelong Introvert

I’m an introvert through and through. And when I say introvert, I mean: I’m uncomfortable in large groups. It’s extremely difficult for me to make a phone call. I love to be alone. I love going to movies by myself. I love to eat in restaurants alone, with only a good book, or a pad […]

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The Kindness of Strangers

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.”– William Butler Yeats The Costco parking lot, as we all know, is a zoo right before Thanksgiving, and I was having the time of my life finding a parking spot for my long bed truck. Inching my way past the row of vehicles, I […]

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The Golden Rule

CONVERSATION DURING CAR RIDE EN ROUTE TO THE EVENT She was nervous and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult. “But you know what I think?” […]

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An Awkward Interruption

God interrupted me today.   Sometimes His awkward interruptions make no sense to me. I had just purchased the most beautiful yellow roses to take to a friend. It was to be a surprise. As I walked to my car, with flowers in hand, I found myself thinking about how the great men and women […]

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