Category Archives: Life (in general)

Blogging Grooves & Life Updates!

Once again Virginia the blogger has been off the blogosphere for two weeks. Now she’s trying to get her blogging grooves back while juggling new things in her life that require massive amounts of time and attention. New opportunities + … Continue reading

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Euro Cup Life Grooves

“The Rules of soccer are very simple: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.”  Phillip Abraham Woosnam (1932-2013) Italy and England kicked their way into the Euro Cup final yesterday. Just making it to … Continue reading

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Finding Roses in the Rubble…

To honor Virginia’s 10th blog-versary, here is a post from 2011 of why she chose the name “Roses in the Rubble.” It’s about finding Roses in the Rubble of our lives… As a relief & development worker I documented sobering … Continue reading

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“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or … Continue reading

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Someone once said, “Pain and suffering are inevitable; misery is optional.”  ‘Tis true methinks (unless you are suffering from kidney stones when misery is a sure thing.) Still, misery can be a choice.  Which means not being miserable is also … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Love (in our Hearts!)

It’s hard to celebrate Mother’s Day when our mothers are in Heaven, but today is an opportunity to remember the legacies of our mothers’ love that, in the case of this redhead, will never diminish. Virginia misses her Mama! As … Continue reading

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March Memories: Papa! Mama! Papa & Mama!

March is a month of precious memories for our family – the March 8th memorial of Papa’s passing, Mama’s March 15th birthday, and their March 17th anniversary. Papa & Mama on their 50th Anniversary Every day I thank God for … Continue reading

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Indelible Bubbles

Last night reading Anne Lamott’s “Small Victories” this sentence jumped off the page: “You can change the world with a hot bath if you sink into it from a place of knowing that you are worth profound care, even when … Continue reading

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Today Virginia is contemplating persistence. (Something certain impatient redheads are not very good at.) But dang it all, persistence pays (so they say.) Keep on going. Don’t give up. Fail. Fail. Fail. Get back up and try again. Not easy … Continue reading

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Has civility disappeared completely from our political discourse? What happened yesterday in our nation’s capitol went far beyond the rights of free speech and protest. As violent thugs barged their way into the Capitol Building disrupting the election certification process, … Continue reading

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