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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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...
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Tom and Andrea 6 months prior to heart surgery
Andrea, 18, watching her Dad in his hospital bed before open-heart surgery: I know where I got my chin angular and strong the outline still there on this man this man on the bed, sleeping. He gave me this chin.   It is something we sharea tie that even we cannot breakthe startling proof in...
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Andrea, 2, and me
 Final paragraphs of Andrea's missive home from Spain (see the last three Friday's for prior portions of this letter): Now it seems so natural and normal to clean up after myself. I get up—I make my bed. I change—I put my clothes away. I cook—I clean up the dishes. And it’s not...
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