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“Sincerity is an openness of heart. We find it in very few people. What we often see is only an artful pretense to win the confidence of others.” ~La Rochefoucauld, French philosopher

There was a time when the phrase “I love you” was almost sacred — reserved for special moments with lovers, spouses, nuclear family members, and our closest friends. Today, “I love you” is tossed around casually in text messages and shouted in public places to folks who haven’t yet earned our devotion. Like anything else that’s repeated until it becomes a cliche, “I love you” is losing its sincerity. Now we have to work harder to prove that we really mean it …. when we do. ~CL

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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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