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My Life with Crohn’s

Last year, I committed to sharing more about my life with Crohn’s, in an effort to raise awareness. I decided that today was as good a time as any. The thought for this post came about as I was thinking about how I’m going to survive this particular semester. So here are some random peeks into my life with Crohn’s: My day has to begin at least two hours before my first appointment. This is so I can give my body time to decide how it’s going to respond to waking up and to breakfast. This semester, I have an Read More

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Sometimes, I don’t like to share…

There’s a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial that promotes the fact that they’re not just good for you but taste good, too. The commercial is set in a restaurant, and the waitress brings the order to a table of about six people. Everyone’s getting a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, but they’ve ordered either “the yummy cereal” or “the heart-healthy cereal.” (I had to paraphrase because I couldn’t find the video online.) After everyone digs in and praises their food choice, one patron looks at one of his companions and says, “Can I try yours?” This is a favorite question of Read More

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Free stuff!

“Disclaimer” – This is not a product review. Today, I got a free pen while on an errand at Office Depot. Being the lover of pens/pen snob that I am, I could barely contain my excitement. My day was so busy that I didn’t even get a chance to daydream about what I would write first. I actually had forgotten that the pen was in my purse until late in the evening. So I grabbed my journal, got comfortable and eagerly pulled the pen from my purse. I spent a few minutes reading through the informational card that it was Read More

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The Dreamer’s Toolbox

For years, I’ve been drawn to the story of Joseph (told in Genesis 37, 39-46) because he was a Dreamer. I was recently re-reading his story in preparation for writing a theological reflection, and was reminded of some important points. So I’d like to share with you four things that should be in every Dreamer’s toolbox: Endurance. Even in the lowest points of his life, Joseph ended up in positions of leadership. Little did he know, this was preparing him for something greater. Instead of being upset that we aren’t where we think we should be in life, we should Read More

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Starting over

It’s January 1, 2012, the beginning of a new year . . . the time that millions of people begin working on new resolutions for their lives. It’s also the one year and one day anniversary of when The Dreamer Speaks began. My goal on December 31, 2010 was to blog every day. That worked for a few months, but then life just got the best of me. I tried to keep up and publish a few random posts here and there, but I eventually stopped. I could say that the reason I stopped blogging was because I got so Read More