Remembering to be Thankful After a Rough Week 

Sorry…you were probably hoping for the final instalment in my post series. I just couldn’t today. Tomorrow though. I promise. For today I’m going to jump into ten things of thankful. I need to remember what wonderous things there are in this world.  Because after a rough week, one has to really take the time Read More

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I Was Broken

Before the accident, I was… Whole. After…well… I didn’t notice at first. In the process of my recovery, the loss of words was hidden under the haze of opiates and glossed over by more physical injuries. If I couldn’t remember something, it was clearly the fault of the drugs or the pain. I wasn’t reading Read More

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Until the Accident

We picked through the hardware store, my two-year-old tugging on my hand and pointing. “What’s that?” His curiosity knows no bounds. He’s finally started talking, and the world is opening up for him. He wants to be able to relate to the world around him–and the questions are not only incessant but insistent. He wants Read More

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Only Five Horses Left

Well…that was an interesting couple of days. And what with the Cubs winning the other day too, I’m pretty sure we only have five horseman coming now… But I digress. Today’s prompt has to do with the last time I faced a challenge. And the last time that I took a big leap, was literally Read More

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Gone Too Soon

My mother grew up with an older sister and three younger brothers. I don’t think it was the easiest of childhoods. My grandfather abused and cheated on my grandmother and eventually left her for the other woman when my mother was a teenager (which, in the long run, was actually a blessing for Nan). I Read More

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#NaBloPoMo – A Life Well Lived

Today’s a bit more serious topic…have you ever wondered what would be said about you after you died? I would hope that if someone was reading my eulogy, they would have known me well. And I hope that some of what I say below is what they would say: Liv was a woman with a Read More

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My Favorite Books and Authors

This post contains affiliate links. As a child my reading abilities far exceeded the other children in my grade. I was reading at a sixth grade level by grade two. It was difficult for me to find books to read because I found the books written for children my age too boring, but the books Read More

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#NaBloPoMo: It’s Not an Addiction if it’s Under Control

This post contains affiliate links. Hello, my name is Liv, and I’m guilty of binge watching. The prompt for NaBlo today is what’cha watchin’? And there are SO. MANY. THINGS. To qualify—we don’t have even basic cable. Just a digital antenna. So I watch pretty much nada in real time any more. And maybe? I’m a Read More

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Nighttime Snack

The prompt today is fears and phobias. And Wednesdays are Haiku days on Live By Surprise for the entire month of November. So I’ve added the two together—because one of my phobias relates to the urban legend that suggests that you eat eight spiders every year while you’re sleeping. The Backstory When we were in Holland Read More

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#NaBloPoMo – Childhood Attachments

Do you have a “thing” from your childhood that you were overly attached to and wanted to pass down to your children? I had two. Both of them from my Great Grandfather who was a soldier in World War I. The first was a medal he received for his service. It was a hard war. Read More

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