Archive for September, 2013

To Celebrate Those Moments

You cry and scream and you stomp your feet and you shout. You say, ‘You know what? I’m giving up, I don’t care.’ And then you go to bed and you wake up and it’s a brand new day, and you pick yourself back up again. Nicole Scherzinger I (Tom) took a long walk around […]

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Why Does Life Have to Be So Damn Hard?

It’s the age-old question, which all of us at one time or another, have asked: Why does life have to be so damn hard? We met her at a coffee shop. It was the question on her mind. Her life has been hard. Damn hard. When she thinks about it all, sometimes she gets angry. […]

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The Beginning of Love

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image … Thomas Merton Oh, it’s so hard, isn’t it? To allow others to be who they are. To give them the gift of being the unique person they were […]

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A Story That Heals

Since we started Someone To Tell It To nearly two years ago, we have made it a habit or a spiritual practice/discipline of reading together, to learn, to grow, and we hope, to impart wisdom and encouragement to others who need it. One of the books we have been reading lately is a book by […]

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Why Do We Label People?

We put labels on life all the time. ‘Right,’ ‘wrong’, ‘success’, ‘failure’, ‘lucky’, ‘unlucky’ may be as limiting a way of seeing things as ‘diabetic’, ‘epileptic’, manic-depressive’, or even ‘invalid’. Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. Dr. Remen is on to something. We use labels liberally and their prolific use can too often be limiting to those […]

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Listening, Actually

 One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.      Bryant H. McGill We spoke to a group this week about listening.  We shared that we believe all of us have the need to be listened to, to have our voices heard and our experiences acknowledged.  The […]

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Dandelions

Several months ago, when it wasn’t so cold and rainy and the days were longer, I took my four children, ages six and under, to the park.  On this particular hazy, hot, humid, mid-July afternoon, I needed a break.  Not only was I fretting about my fatherly responsibilities, but my children were being children.  They […]

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