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End at Start, Light with Dark, Holiday or Ho Hum, Go and Come

By Teresa Bruce

The holiday season can be joyous, but it can also be jarring. Voices raise in harmonic “alleluias” or in discordant disagreements. Thoughtful, generous giving can elevate giver and receiver, but keeping-up with others’ expectations can break or badly bruise budgets. Family gatherings draw loved ones closer into togetherness … or conflict. Loneliness lengthens into life-altering …

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Scary Edgar Allan Poe and Me: Super-Weird or Super-Power?

By Teresa Bruce

  After a recent rereading of spooky old classics, I reached a disturbing realization: Maybe Edgar Allan Poe’s scary, creepy characters aren’t as odd as he meant them to be. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe’s narrator describes Roderick as tortured by sounds — except for certain stringed instruments. If Mr. Usher …

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Finding Balance: Staying Sure-Footed When Your World Wobbles

By Teresa Bruce

I’ve been toeing the line for several weeks now. Well, trying to. Since I hit my head last July, if I strode down a long sidewalk or store aisle, I found myself veering first toward one side and then the other. (I chalked it up to a subconscious tilt toward anything with chocolate or away …

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When Church Hurts: Why I’m Here

By Teresa Bruce

I fled the Relief Society room, hurt by the first prelude notes. Waiting outside the front door wasn’t far enough away. I sidestepped into the hallway, attempting to smile, grateful sunglasses hid my tears. Standing huddled with both hands covering my ears felt embarrassing enough. You can click to learn more and understand where I …

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Sundays Away

By Teresa Bruce

When I Was a Child Growing up, I went to church weekly except during bouts of strep throat or flu. Even during rare family vacation travels, we packed Sunday clothes and shoes no matter our destination. High School Diplomacy The day before my first high school model U. N. conference, vague uneasiness coalesced into realization: …

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Blindsided but Blessed — Coping with Concussion and Compulsory Rest

By Teresa Bruce

July started with a bang, a flash, and a splash. Too bad they had nothing to do with July 4th fireworks. The first Monday of the month, I almost slept in.  But Doggie Dear, hearing my eyes open, appeared beside my bed and pleaded with silent optimism. With a sigh, I raised my head from the pillow …

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