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For as long as I can remember, I have used Emerson’s quote as an excuse to not have any kind of routine.  Who wants to be a hobgoblin?  More importantly, who wants to have a little mind?  Yeah, not me.  So, off I’ve gone on my merry life of inconsistency, content to have a not-so-little […]

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Abigail looks down at me from her horse.  I can see nervousness pulling at her eyes and in her half-way-there smile, not her usual full-on grin that animates her whole face.  It’s show day and she’s jumping – only the second time ever in competition.  Last month, her first time, her horse spooked slightly on […]

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Last week was my grandfather’s birthday.   After dinner, I ask Steve to call him and convince him that the girls and I want to sing Happy Birthday.  My grandfather is almost completely deaf, but a really deep loud voice can sometimes get through to him.  The only person in my immediate family whose voice fits […]

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(photos by Amy Konieczka Photography) For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved stories – to read them, to tell them, to share them, to soak them up like the last bit of sauce in a delicious bowl of shrimp scampi, to store them up and keep them close for days that just need […]

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“Mother!” she yells, her frustration with me all too apparent in her tone. Sitting in the overstuffed leather chair across from her bed, I turn my head slightly so that I’m out of her line of sight and roll my eyes. “DON’T ROLL YOUR EYES AT ME!” oops. I sigh that exasperated, exhausted sigh of […]

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