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Owning our experiences

“Each experience in your life was absolutely necessary in order to have gotten you to the next place, and the next place, right up to this very moment.” ~Wayne Dyer

Pausing in the moment / Cindy La Ferle

It’s hard to believe that today is the first of November already. Last night, a friend and I were remarking how quickly time evaporates as we get older. How is it possible that more than 30 years have passed since we met? Are we really old enough to retire? It’s so important to savor even the most ordinary moments before they too become history. 

Looking out at my frostbitten garden this morning, now buried under a colorful tapestry of leaves, I’m overflowing with appreciation for every season of my life. Let the month of gratitude begin. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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