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Close But Faraway

If we are hundreds of miles apart,

can you still feel me squeeze your hand

three times?

I. Love. You.

And if we are not sitting

face to face,

will you still know

that I cry when I miss you?

My heart hurts.

Can you hear me laughing,

when I watch our favorite show?

I wish you were beside me.

Will I still be the first person

you call,

even though the phone line stretches

much farther now?

I want to hear

your voice.

©CMS September 2008

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Filed under Eat, Pray, Run, September 2008

The Coolest 15-Year-Old in the WORLD

My brother, Luke, sent his writer sister (that’s me) an essay to look over this evening. The essay was titled “Laugh, Play, Family” and in it he wrote:

“Finally, I cannot live without my family; they are the most important people to me in the world. My sister, Caroline, is one of my best friends in the world and without her to keep me in line I do not know where I would be today.”

He continued on to speak of my sister, youngest brother, mom and dad.

How did he get to be so cool and wise at 15 years old? Hell, I would love to think I played a part in it.

Hey, Luke, without you, honey, I would not be even a smidgen of the person I am today. Thank you for teaching me something new every moment since the day you were born.

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Filed under August 2008, Eat, Pray, Run

Thought for the Day!

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I am with you kid. Let’s go!'” — Maya Angelou

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Filed under August 2008, Eat, Pray, Run

Kissing a Big (Very Big) Kitty!

It’s been a week with the animal kingdom, and in the spirit of such an event I thought I would share this video with you. I was totally bawling watching this lion with his two human friends. It made me run and kiss my own two kitties. Enjoy:

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Filed under Eat, July 2008, Pray, Run

Thought for the Day!

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.Mark Twain

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Filed under Eat, July 2008, Pray, Run

Living Like It’s Your Very First Day

I love Adam Sandler, but his movies are not generally ones in which people discover “a deeper meaning” or “thought-provoking message,” right? I mean Billy Madison offered me a few good laughs, but nothing along the lines of spiritual teachings.

But when I first saw Sandler’s 50 First Dates, which also stars Drew Barrymore and Sean Astin, I recognized a very profound message that I enjoy watching unfold each time I watch the movie, as I did yesterday with Dan and my brothers.

For those of you who do not know the premise of the movie, Henry (Sandler) lives a paradise-esque life in Hawaii where each night he wines and dines an out-of-town woman — no strings attached. That is, until he comes across Lucy (Barrymore), a local resident who he meets at a coffee shop. But there’s one glitch: Lucy suffered a brain injury that each night erases from her memory everything that happened after the accident, including her new love, Henry.

The film keeps the typical Sandler laughs in place, but my favorite part is at the end — don’t worry, I won’t give it away — when you witness a moment where Lucy wakes up and recognizes the beauty of her life. It is, for me, a deeply moving scene where you realize the actual gift this woman possess; she wakes up every day and rediscovers the people and life she loves so dearly.

I get a little teary (OK, I completely bawl) every time I watch this part of the movie. Not because it is sad, but because it is so beautiful. Imagine what it would be like to wake up every day and be reintroduced to your family, husband or wife, children, job of your dreams . . . it would be magical, right? There is no greater appreciation.

But what if we could all take a bit of that message with us? I try to do just that each time I watch 50 First Dates because, while I may not have damaged my temporal lobe, I understand the importance of recognizing life for what it is. Don’t get me wrong — it is not always easy. But every day starts anew — as we have learned with this movie — and there is a grand opportunity to try again at applying the lessons you have learned.

Motivational speakers around the globe tell us to, “Live each day as though it’s your last” which is a beautiful message, indeed.

But what if we lived each day as though it were our first?

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Filed under Eat, June 2008, Pray, Run

Thought for the Day!

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

– Coretta Scott King


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Filed under April 2008, Pray