When What Was Lost Is Found: Never Give Up Hope

Found lost jewelry

When What Was Lost Is Found  I have become the queen of losing things. Last fall I lost two of my favorite necklaces. One I love not only because my son gave it to me, but it’s one of those pieces that goes with everything. The other was from my…

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There But For the Grace of God Go I

Homeless sign

There But For the Grace of God Go I  I get out of my car in the supermarket parking lot at the same time a car slowly cruises by. The woman driver stops and asks if I can help her out. She’s trying to get to the nearby gas station…

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Inspirational Women: Shellie Blum – A Story of Survival, Determination and Triumph

Could you handle the murder of your father during your childhood? Surgery to repair a cleft palate? A broken neck and jaw at age 24? Numerous surgeries and hospitalizations. Lawsuits. Depression. Unemployment. Bar fights. A brutal beating outside a Hollywood nightclub. The choice to become a single mother. The birth of twins. Breaking both shoulders…at the same time. And then, just when you think you’re “done,” a broken wrist and another surgery.

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Naples, Florida. My hometown.

It isn’t really.  I wasn’t born in Naples, but I grew up there, even though I was in my twenties, married and had a child when I arrived.  Naples was where I grew into adulthood.  It’s where my kids were born and raised and where I called home for thirty…

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FIRST CHAPTERS

CLEO’S WEB Chapter One “Edgar Allen Poe. You come here. Ow! Dammit, Poe. Aunt Gertie will have my hide in a sling if something happens to you. Although, personally, I’ve always found you to be more trouble than you’re worth. Isn’t that right, kitty, kitty? Come on, now. Come here.…

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Me and Justin and Matt

Last spring at the coffee store where I’d been working for a couple of months, I noticed a regular customer named Justin. Tall, good-looking, polite. He always ordered the same thing, one of those sweet espresso beverages with whipped cream. One day my coworker Kristen said, “Do you know who…

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