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It takes a CHILD….to raise a village

Many of us are familiar with the traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  We acknowledge that it cannot be done alone or in isolation, it takes many to provide an open and inclusive, well rounded and well grounded, balanced approach to raising them UP. Well, for the past five months, […]

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BACK to front

Anyone who has ever worked on a project, organized an event, or planned a trip, will know what it means to work from the end position, to start with the deadline, working back to the start.  It gives you a sense of what is needed in order to achieve the result.  It helps you plan […]

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We are all MOTHERS

All women are mothers; not all give birth, not all are able, not all want to. Some have not seen their own child in years, some have lost them, some are searching, and some have said goodbye.   Some have healed, some have moved on, some have left this lifetime, some live in hope, all are […]

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As Easy as One, Two, Three

What if our vision was not to try and raise them, but instead, to try and help them rise? Over the years, our children face challenging situations, amazing opportunities, radical changes in direction.  And while the answers may not be immediately apparent, there is a process of resolution that works; three questions; one of them, […]

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Sharing our HOMES and our HEARTS

As published in Senior Living Magazine, February 2013 When I first told others we were all moving in together, the most common refrain was “It might work for you, but there is no way I could live with my mom.” And while I understood others’ reluctance, it was a dream to raise our three small […]

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Finding True NORTH

What if instead of raising children, we raised them UP – to the light, to stand up and face forward What if instead of feeling honoured to have them, we felt honoured that they chose us What if we considered them a gift and a privilege and took our place in line, humbled by their […]

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What I LEARNED & RECONFIRMED in 2011

Upon reflection, here is what 2011 taught me and what I know to be true: ♥   That a sense of order and peace really can reside on the inside regardless of what’s happening on the outside ♥   That adversity is a gift and that although we can’t always see it at the time, if we really look […]

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Following Your Heart

That news is forever etched in my mind, no that one is stitched in – the moment when we found out we were going to have twins; our tiny family of three was quickly going to grow to five. In one of those quiet moments following the news (it was a long moment – we […]

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There Are No Strangers Here, Only Friends You Haven’t Met

This famous quote, which belongs to William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet, came to mind the other day while I was at the post office, standing in line. My local postal outlet is in a pharmacy, and I am often there, sending packages, photocopying, or buying stamps. As usual, there was a line of customers […]

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