Noise

Life is a noisy place.  It often feels imposible to escape the noise of life. The traffic, the talking, the hum of electronic devices, cell phone rings, music blaring,  Aside from the noise pollution, there's even light pollution   So many places there is so much...

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Breathless

Sometimes, despite my best intentions, strongest convictions, all my strength and will, all my hope and faith, commitment and passion... sometimes despite everything I am, was, and will ever be... sometimes things fall apart. Sometimes it seems like there's no putting...

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Tears of Today

Driving home from the neurologist's this afternoon, I was overwhelmed by how much I've endured this past year and how much I've overcome.  No words that I could speak nor tears that I could shed could express the depth of my sorrow at that moment or the breadth of my...

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Change of Heart

I've been told on several occasions lately that I'm glowing.  I was in the LDS Temple when I heard it first.  One of the more locally important leaders came up to me to tell me that his counselor told him that I was glowing and that he agrees with him.  I promptly...

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Silent Gratitude

Gratitude. As strange as it might seem, that is the one prevailing emotion of the past six weeks. Why gratitude?  I've been in the hospital.  I've been sick.  Really sick. Several weeks on life support when I was too weak to breathe on my own.  So though there's been...

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Fading Scars

Conventional wisdom tells us that scars fade over time.  But they don't always fade on their own.  Whether physical or emotional, diminishing scars is a process that takes work. A few months ago I had surgery to have a two benign Lipoma tumors removed from my left...

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Completing the Particulars

Ninety thousand one hundred and ninety words after starting, I completed the first draft my second novel The Particulars.  The final two words were "the" and "end".  Yes I know I'm a tease (there's a real excerpt at the end of this post).  I'm super excited.  And yes...

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A Landmark Haircut

This week I cut off half my hair.   There was a lot of dry damaged hair, and I decided the best thing to do would be to hack it off.  I've gotten mixed reactions.  Mostly people seem to like it. My mom isn't too keen on it.  It reminds me that people don't always like...

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Perfect Apology

Historically, apologizing has not come easily to me.  I used to be very concerned with being right.  More than that, I was completely wrapped up and entangled in the dangerous web of perfectionism.  I really thought that if I failed to be right all the time and...

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Father’s Day Tribute

When I was around seven years old, I went camping with my dad, and he took me fishing for the first time.  I was a tiny thing, and so when I hooked my first fish, it was so strong it lifted me right off my feet and started to pull me right into the raging river.  My...

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Scrapaganza

When I look back on the most rewarding experiences of my life, they are almost all to do with serving others.  Right now I'm working on a community service project called Scrapaganza.  Scrapaganza is a scrapbooking event at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles...

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Inspire Me

Sometimes you have to be your own inspiration.  I've been feeling a bit down in the dumps, so I decided to write a song about finding inspiration in hopes of inspiring myself.  I think it might have worked... Inspire Me by Lauren Soffer When life is too much...

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Honesty: The Best Policy?

I strive always to be more honest in all aspects of my life.  But that is no easy feat in today's world which is full of deceit.  Shady business practices, "sharing" digital files, cheating on tests.  Dishonesty is everywhere.  But even if your not dishonest out of...

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