In Remembrance
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer If you’ve been to a rodeo, you know that the only moment of absolute silence usually follows a downed rider who fails to rise from the arena floor under his own power. Apprehension sucks the collective breath of the crowd as they wait

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i am not alone
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Ever feel like it’s you against the world? Occupationally, relationally, or physically if it’s not one thing, it’s another – right? Just when we get our sea legs under us, a rogue wave hits, the deck rolls, and our stomachs follow. Why can’t

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Mom’s Don’ts and Do’s
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer My mother taught me most of what I know, but four important lessons stand out in my memory—two don’ts and two do’s: Don’t … … push your hair behind your ears—it makes them stick out. … put your hands in your sweater pockets—it

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Life Wins
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Last summer, grasshoppers denuded a young aspen tree I had so lovingly planted in the spring. With plague-like precision, they took it down to nothing but trunk and stems. The lady at the nursery where I bought the tree told me it wasn’t

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Do You Ever Want to Run Away?
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Do you ever want to run away? Today I did just that. I ate breakfast and lunch at the dining table rather than at my desk. (Strange, isn’t it, what we run away from.) I ate looking out the window into the back

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