A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Featured each Friday are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS the journey!

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Andreas Remodeled Room
...Except in this case as it's been a couple weeks since the last "weekly" quote was published. There were, as is often the case, good reasons. Two Fridays ago we were speaking at the Claremont Colleges in southern California (one of our favorite venues as Pitzer is Andrea's beloved alma mater)....
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Annie
Last week was spent with grandchildren while our daughter Jocelyn recovered from surgery. Am filled with gratitude that all turned out well and her healing continues. Andrea's words again come from her time in Spain, about 3 or 4 months into her one year exchange there. The photo is from that...
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Annie eating at age 14
Please forgive my lack of posting last Friday. We were celebrating my sister's 60th birthday and enjoying an "impromptu" family reunion--busy but sweet times!   Journal entry written by Andrea (15) during a class lecture while an exchange student in Spain:   And so I made a very important decision last...
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Blue Bird 2
 Andrea, 18, observing our relationship during Tom’s open-heart surgery:                                                   She is his advocate   Sometimes silent, sometimes screaming    Always watching     They are two halves...
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