Amy Rees Anderson

The Good Old Days

Tonight my son Dalton was out camping and he was taking pictures of his son Flynn. He was reminiscing about seeing pictures of himself from when he’d been a little kid in that same place and now here he was taking pictures of his own son in that place. He said a quote came to

Of Regrets And Resolutions

Six years ago I heard a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf called “Of Regrets And Resolutions” that impacted my life tremendously. I had pulled portions and excerpts from this talk (as the full talk was a little long to post in my blog) and shared them back in 2012.  Today I happened to be looking

Do It For The Others Whose Feet May Someday Pass This Way

I’m sure I’ve shared this poem at some point before but it was on my mind today so I had to share it again. When I’ve had a long day and I’m tired and find myself still awake and still needing to write a daily blog and it’s already 3am in the morning and I

The Greatest Superheroes Keep Their Identity A Secret

The greatest superheroes keep their identity a secret. Wonder Woman (my personal favorite!) is Diana Prince, Superman is Clark Kent, Spiderman is Peter Parker, and so on. Here they are, saving the world day after day, yet they choose to walk around as normal, everyday people, taking no credit at all for the great work

Why Do You Go Away? So That You Can Come Back With New Eyes

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.” – Terry Pratchett Last week my son and his wife announced that they were getting me out of town so I could detach from the chaos and have

Practice The Pause

“Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” – Lori Deschene Similar to that quote is one that reads:  “Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed,

Try Writing Your Own Eulogy

A eulogy is those words that will be spoken at your funeral someday reflecting back on the person you were, the things you accomplished, the things you did for others, and the example your life set and the legacy it has left behind. Have you ever sat and thought about writing your own eulogy?  Taking a

All You Need To Know About Life You Can Learn From A Leprechaun

Top of the Mornin’ To Ya! Well, actually I’m writing this at night, but I have no idea what the proper Irish greeting is for evening time so Top of the Mornin’ anyway 🙂   I love listening to an Irish accent – everything just sounds so much better when its said with an Irish accent,

Everybody Has A Home Team

“Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without

Beautiful, But Not For Something As Temporary As Looks

I was going through some photos to find some updated pictures of my daughter that I could print out to put into some frames I keep on the shelf in the family room. Looking at her photos one can’t help but notice how absolutely gorgeous of a young woman she is. It’s easy to recognize

The Courage To Be Imperfect

“The fact is, every single one of us is a work-in-progress. We may be at different stages in life. We may have different strengths and weaknesses, but there isn’t a single person on the planet who hasn’t felt vulnerable or made mistakes. Nor is there a single person who couldn’t be better at something in

Choices And Consequences

Life is full of choices. Some are easy choices and some are hard, but the upside of choices is they are always ours to make and no one can ever take that away from us. However, the downside to choices is that while we get to make them, we don’t get to choose what consequences

What I Learned From Losing

Dalton Anderson checking in for the ol’ Mama Bear. Not that my mom is old, but since she’s a grandma and all I guess it wouldn’t be true to say she’s young either ;). Instead of digging myself a grave, I’d like to share a story of what happened this weekend. My two brother-in-laws play

Maybe They Really Are Using You. Do Good Anyway.

I’m sure I’ve probably posted this particular poem before, but it kept going through my mind today and given that I always try to let my blog reflect something I learned that day I decided to share it again: ANYWAY People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people

Combating The Winter Blues

I personally find the months after Christmas and before Spring starts tend to bring people down – it could be the lack of sunshine, or the miserably cold weather, or the ice covered slippery roads, or the cold and flu…this time of year it’s just really easy to feel a little down. At least it

Rethinking Your Stress

It was sometime in the 1990’s when I first came across a PBS special where a woman was speaking in in a stand-up comedy routine sort of way on The Joy of Stress. Almost immediately I began laughing out loud listening to her as she described in the most entertaining way the self-defeating thoughts and

Do You Consider Yourself To Be Lucky?

Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person? Well, it turns out your answer to that question actually plays a significant role in whether or not you’ll actually end up having good luck in your life.  And what better month to ask that question then March, when the luck of the Irish is upon



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