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The Importance of a Second Opinion

doctor's advice

For many years, doctors intimidated me. I grew up thinking the doctor was always right. As a child, I injured a finger playing Annie-Aye-Over. I still have a crooked little finger due to a doctor’s assurance it hadn’t broken.

An Update: Lifting the Nicotine Fog

smoker at graveyard

A nicotine fog is more than just smoke that fills a room, it's a fog that clouds your brain. Nicotine fools you into believing that although you want to quit, you can't. The bad news is that there are a lot of cigarette substitutes on the market today that keep the addiction going.

When Baby Cries

Mother with crying baby

When we brought my first-born home, he cried hour after hour, day and night. Since I was an only child, I didn’t know what to do. Some friends advised me to pick him up when he cried. Others assured me he needed to cry to exercise his lungs, and I should let him cry himself to sleep..

Dust Devils

dust devil

When my children were young, I learned that sometimes you literally have to have a fire lit under you to appreciate how dear those close to you are.

Baby and the Goldfish

Siamese

As I walked into the living room, my shoes squished against a soaked carpet. I was oblivious to the mess. My heart sank, sure the fish was a goner. Cat + fish = huge mess. Looked to me like I had interrupted her fishing expedition and caught her red-clawed.