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Monthly Archives: January 2016

A story’s been sitting in my heart. Deep. Within. Crying to be let out for nearly two months now. A story of FINE. “How are you?” “FINE.” “How are you?” “FINE.” This story of FINE. It’s so old. I’m so over it. So done with the mask of FINE. FINE. FINE. Let me tell you the…

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  • Tom BaunsgardJanuary 30, 2016 - 2:24 pm

    Interesting post Amy. So How are you? I’m good, I’m blessed and i’m “fine” with that 🙂ReplyCancel

Mama had significant concerns. Her daughter was barely speaking when we first met. We worked together for a year and a half. Two times a week, we sat on the living room floor, then at the dining room table, for intense speech-language therapy. A year and a half later, after all that therapy, after all that…

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  • Tom BaunsgardJanuary 25, 2016 - 11:35 pm

    I really LIKE this post Amy! “Positively” great! Oh, and I like you too!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Once a month, Tiffany documents a single day in her life. The purpose of these posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. I’m also hoping the posts will help readers recognize that…

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  • Jody SparkmanFebruary 2, 2016 - 6:02 pm

    Great writing Tiffany!ReplyCancel

  • Paula MJanuary 23, 2016 - 7:46 pm

    I always enjoy your posts, Tiffany. Beautiful writingReplyCancel

Six months from now, I’ll be 40. Finally…the decade I’ve been waiting for. I know. Crazy, right? Who WANTS to turn 40? Me. I do, please. My 20s? They were good. Finished college. Got married. Went to graduate school. Moved a handful of times. Bought our first house. Bought a lot of stuff for the house….

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  • Tom BaunsgardJanuary 15, 2016 - 6:11 pm

    He or She who does “CELEBRATE” the most birthdays wins! A great start in celebrating your 40th Amy! Happy, Awesome, Fullfilling 40th Birthday Year! CELEBRATE!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie West BowmanJanuary 15, 2016 - 12:45 am

    Amy! This is SO GOOD. I have all the same feelings, as I turn 40 this July too! Thanks for reminding me that it IS good. I truly hope and pray that your dream to become a card writer will come true!!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerJanuary 14, 2016 - 5:25 pm

    How do you do it? How do you have me in a complete mess of tears (forcing myself to stay seated so I can keep reading) wanting to JUMP up and down with huge praise and encouragment for you…this amazingly talented, wild heart wide open to orphans on this globe, deeply in touch with herself and every word spoken or written, beauitfully bold and brave, superhero mom & wife and WOMAN of God? Here’s some vulnerability at it’s finest….I wish for even half a second I lived as intentional as you do, that I would actually have a smidget of the courage you to do to dream anything at all and that I could approach being in my 40’s with as much sheer determination to ROCK this decade! I loathe an enemy that robs you…me….women of the worth they have. I can see yours! It’s oozing out of this post and spreading gorgeous HOPE all over your readers hearts, it certainly does mine! “Go Amy…Go Amy…. it’s your birthday! PS: I LOVE CARDS TOO! It’s not cheesy to read cards, or maybe it is and I’m just cheesy too! HA!ReplyCancel

Photo credit Kristina Alexanderson via Flickr Creative Commons I love Facebook. And I hate it. Most of my family and friends, acquaintances, writing colleagues and former colleagues are on Facebook. I’m pretty sure that’s true for you, too. With that in mind, it seems logical that Facebook should be the most welcoming social media of all. Everybody we know and…

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  • Tara DornJanuary 6, 2016 - 11:13 pm

    It’s not just you! It’s me too and I’m guessing many others also. Facebook is definitely a love hate relationship for me. Your blog posts are thought provoking and I love reading them (your Facebook posts too)! You were born to write. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardJanuary 6, 2016 - 10:14 pm

    Good retrospective post Amy. Here is what I have learned from my posts and posts from others on FB… It goes back to what Thumper’s momma told him, “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all'”. So now try only to post things that might make you (my Facebook friends) smile or something that might touch you warmly. There are enough posts out there to raise hackles, spread hatred and make people feel bad. I don’t need to add to that mix. Life is too short on this side of the dirt to carry around or spread a bunch of grief.
    You are pretty hard on yourself Amy. Your blog is great and some of the things you post are very thought provoking and touching. Keep up the writing and good works!

    Thanks,
    TomReplyCancel

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