From Building Sandcastles to Cashing Checks

Our childhood was, at times, a mix of fun and games. Some were captured with a camera, like the gritty fun John and I (with another vacationer) had here. During our annual two-week vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts we sometimes tired of building fragile sandcastles that disintegrated as the tide rolled in. Our older brother,…

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September is National Recovery Month

The word recovery can be taken literally or figuratively. Recovery can be the result of finding something you’ve lost, like salvaging relics from a sunken ship. In my case, the recovery process began in 1986, when I was 26. Recovery became a spiritual goal to regain what I’d once feared was lost; a part of…

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Embracing Belief

I experienced a deep understanding of the Cross of Christ at age eighteen, when I attended T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ) during my senior year in high school. After the intense weekend, though I felt enlightened, my life didn’t change. I went about those next years doing pretty much whatever I pleased. Fast-forward to age twenty-…

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Big Chief Comes to Life

“Sarah, time for nap,” Mom said. I frowned. Wasn’t I too big for naps now? While all my other siblings were in school, I was the last child home with Mom. Still too young for Kindergarten, I’d have to wait until the following year. I loved having Mom all to myself. But when nap time…

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Three in Cloth Diapers

In my new memoir, “As a Result”, the stories retold from my childhood and later years are based on memories which often fade, and sometimes slip. As in any large family, perspectives vary from sibling to sibling. In our case, we were like two different generations under the same roof. Our parents had three children…

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