Author name: Jan Whalen

Two Mothers

May reminds me of Mom and the flowers that grow in the Midwest. She had special vases for her lilacs each spring. They don’t grow in Arizona, so I make do with pictures of them. Funny how we most appreciate what we have after it’s gone. This aphorism applies most specifically to moms. The other

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Signs for 2023

Last Sunday, our minister shared a story about a “sign†someone received that was personal and meaningful to them. It was a sign on a license plate, that gave hope. Her message reminded me of a sign we received three years ago, hours before my mother-in-law, Millie transitioned into the next world. It’s a story

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Can Women Talk About Shoes and Still be Taken Seriously?

When I lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I took part in a program called “Leadership for Five Seasons.” It was one of those year long programs where young leaders could learn about the community with the intention of discovering the volunteer opportunities they’d love.  At graduation, we were all given a tag line, and since

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