A Joyful Journey...

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

Gettin' your groove on

I know this YouTube video has made its rounds already (over a million views since April) but just had to share, if like me, you haven't yet watched.  Although secretly filmed and overlaid with ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”,  Eastleigh, UK secretary Tellie Cole  was actually dancing to “Knock Down” by Alesha Dixon. Try to...
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Friday's baby step

Binge
There are few words that can prompt responses within me in such a myriad of conflicted and confusing ways as "binge." Just received the following ad in an email: In the past week I've read numerous article titles using this "B" word: "Binge on Netflix, Binge on books ... on...
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"Hate Loss"

Yesterday I searched through the stack of recently returned long-ago letters written by me to one of my sisters. It was to check for the location of a camping trip we took when our daughters were young. We’ve been thinking of re-creating this fun time with our grandchildren but cannot...
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Unique Summer gifts

    We spent last week visiting Tom's soon-to-be 90-year-old dad, who is recovering from a fall-necessitated hip replacement surgery. In the first few days he was suffering with quite a bit of confusion confounded by age- and/or med-related dementia. Seeing him like this triggered a cascade of emotions in me....
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