Monthly Archives: November 2012

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver

As You Toast To The Holiday Season, Don’t Forget To Designate A Driver Today I had to take my car to the dealer for an 80,000 mile service.  I was given a voucher for a complimentary rental car.  I gave … Continue reading

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Christmas in Retail: A Bookseller’s Experience

I have a story for you, but like all good stories some background detail is needed . . . While I have the honor of working at O’Connor and managing this awesome blog, I also have a part-time job in … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: Rejection Sparks Reflection

Thanksgiving: Rejection Sparks Reflection   Normally a time filled with the noise and laughter of a house filled with family and friends.  A time of me bustling in a kitchen with rich spicy smells from all the preparations.  But maybe … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Friendships: Thankful for Pat

Reflecting on Friendships: Thankful for Pat I never imagined that I would become a fourth generation Funeral Director; I guess my crystal ball was in the shop some 24 years ago. For the last 23 years I have been on … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: When You’re Away from Home or All Alone

Thanksgiving: When You’re Away from Home or All Alone My earliest memories of Thanksgiving include preschool art projects of making dough ball turkeys to decorate the dinner table & tracing my hand on paper to make the 4 finger feathers … Continue reading

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“Thanks” Comes Before “Giving”

I’ve been reflecting on the upcoming months as I begin to plan my holidays around my parents and my in-laws, pray my brother can make it to each gathering, consider menu options & ponder what gifts to give. I love … Continue reading

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Spring Forward, Fall Back: Pushing Through the Setbacks

Spring Forward, Fall Back   Spring Forward…Fall Back… Here in California that is an easy way to remember which direction to set the clocks when the time changes. But for me, this phrase pertains to a lot more in my … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion

Journey Mercies . . . Alzheimers: Walking Into Oblivion In her book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee beautifully wrote . . . I found this to be the case as I learned more about Barry Petersen. November is National … Continue reading

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Richard and Becky – A Love Story in Michigan

Richard and Becky – A Love Story At the end of every summer we make the long road trip with our two dogs to Calumet, MI, a tiny town of 800 people, more or less, in the Keweenaw (key‘-wah- nah) … Continue reading

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