And then, there was one.

I woke up on the couch, supposed to be writing a big paper for my class. But something woke me up with this thought in my head. It forced me to write. I have no idea where it came from or why I was thinking it, but here it is. People often ask where my ideas for my...

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Life happens as it will.

It's not easy to watch the news on most nights. Tonight was no different. I watched the update on the shooting of the Congresswoman in Tuscon and an entire apartment building burn to the ground while the residents stood there, watching it happen. Some people, like...

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Cleanup is a woman’s job…

1991, I was a freshman at the University of Delaware. Colleen Webster was my E110 teacher. E110 is a freshman english class that all first year students must take. I actually entered my first semester as a psychology major. I was ready to take on and fix the world....

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Learning not to hate different.

It's a whole new year. So much is still the same. So much is different. I am learning to adjust as my life shifts. I used to think I needed to stand on the rock and let the world adjust around me. Now, I understand it doesn't really work that way. I need to work on...

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Living this day without excuses.

I've known a seven year old with only one foot. A mother, blind and unable to see the beauty in her newborn's face. A man with no limbs who continues to teach the world that it is the soul that is most important. Homeless, no food, no clean clothes, no shoes, perhaps...

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Heart separates us from others

The Latin word for heart is "cor." The word courage originally meant to be able to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart, and with feeling. We each have a story. From where we were born and grew up, to what led us to where we are today. Everyone we pass...

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Shine with all your light.

Sometimes the moon keeps me up at night. Or it's my heavy brain, working overtime and I like to blame it on the moon. It's so bright tonight, racing through my curtains, falling right across my face as I lay buried under my covers in the cold winter chill that seeps...

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Do you believe in miracles?

I spent the afternoon with my mom. She was good today, laughing at times and actually getting a couple words out. She looked at me across the table at one point and actually said "My baby." That meant the world to me. She really has no ability to say much of anything...

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Reevaluating what I am worth…

I was looking at a few of my bank accounts the other day. Closing one down, moving some things around. And there it was… the big decision I had to make. Eighty-six cents. Hardly worth keeping the account open for. I can transfer it to another one, or just... well, it...

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When your cup is full…

When I heard his voice at the other end say hello, I smiled. My heart sped up. I felt so happy to reconnect. "Maurice?" I said hoping it was really him. "Yes... who is this?" he responded hesitantly. "Maurice, it's Jen. Jen Croneberger." I could hear a second of...

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Don’t expect, but be ready.

I had someone ask me the other day how I know what to write about... how my blogs come to be. I thought about that and answered with one word. Awareness. I think maybe I travel through life with my eyes wide open. I allow the things I see and hear around me connect to...

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I take nothing for granted.

Today, my eyes opened at 7:48am. I looked at the clock, then closed them again and said "thank you." Today was a normal day... like so many others, starting the same. With my eyes closed, I said a prayer for my mom, my family and my friends, that today will be a day...

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We are all the same.

This past week I spent some time at UConn for my last session with the team. I had dinner one of the nights at an Asian restaurant, a small hole-in-the-wall type place with really good food. The manager came over to see how things were and noticed my friend, who...

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Sit with me in silence…

I drove about three and a half hours to Somerset, PA tonight, looking at the amazing stars fill the quiet night sky. I am speaking tomorrow at the PA State Health and Phys Ed Convention at the Seven Springs Resort. On the ride, tonight's "read" was Dr. Wayne Dyer's CD...

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I’ve got your back. Regardless.

It's no secret I have been on the road a lot lately, logging miles like it's my job. I am no stranger to a 5 hour drive, 2-3 hours of work, and a 5 hour drive back home. Even leaving at 10am to return at 3am the next morning isn't odd anymore. Why? Well, let's just...

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Just keep your head above…

Taking a deep breath to write this. Life isn't always easy. But it's not always hard either. It's the in between times, the ones that are non-descript that sometimes cause the most trouble. We don't really know how to handle them. They could be worse, yes. But they...

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Reaching beyond what is required…

I was at the Acme last night grabbing a few things to make my morning smoothies. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, nonfat yogurt, you get the idea. Anyway, I was walking around looking for the little turkey sausages we have snacked on in the office and couldn't find...

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And I did play pool…

I turned down playing pool more than once in my life. Grandma C. had a table in her basement that always lured me when we visited once or twice a year. There were usually not many kids my age to play with, so I often ventured down there alone, possibly with a cousin...

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Today, we know we can.

Not sure what makes me need to write at 12:30 in the morning, but here I sit, my Native American flute music in the background, finding just a little bit of zen, or heaven, or enlightenment, or awareness, or mindfulness, or interconnectedness, or whatever else you...

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Life is… being and becoming.

The spring semester of my junior year in college started out as a rough one. I was going through some relationship issues, feeling what it felt like to get my heart broken, feeling like I was falling to pieces. So dramatic, as I look back now... but at the time, my...

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If not now, then when?

I was sitting at my desk in my office, and was working on my schedule. I pulled out my calendar and reazlied suddenly that "someday" wasn't there. I flipped the page, thinking it was maybe next week. No... not there either. What could I have done with that? I thought,...

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Be quick but don’t hurry.

One of my favorite quotes from the late Coach John Wooden is "Be quick but don't hurry." I find myself saying that in my head at least 7 times a day. I am always rushing here and there to get things done, make things happen. One of the best reminders I can give myself...

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Who’s in your front row?

"Life is a theater so invite your audiences carefully. Not everyone is worthy of having a FRONT ROW seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize...

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The hard…makes it great.

Endings... Beginnings. Cheers of elation. Tears of sadness. Not everything is easy. In fact, so often it gets hard. As athletes, we sometimes feel like the game is harder than we can bear. We fall down. We lose. We have no more chances to get back up again....

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Take it slow…no regrets.

A couple weeks ago, Monday started out with a feeling of fear. I am often shaken when I see a car accident... or at least the remnants of one. I was stopping by the Dunkin Donuts in town to get my decaf coffee, my morning ritual. I turned into the parking lot and...

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Taking the road less traveled.

Today, I became a better person. Just because I decided. I spent my morning at a Community Leaders lunch with the Chester County Communities That Care program. I listened to amazing people share their stories and their reasons why they are involved in this awesome...

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Today, my hero is you…

I spent an hour and a half yesterday with a HS lacrosse team that certainly knows how to win. I sat in the room and listened as they spoke openly, rallied around each other, and shared emotion that moved me. They didn't know it, but it moved me. I walked out when we...

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Go with your heart…Always.

Choices. Integrity. Words. Truth. Communicating what's real. Doing what's right. It's not always easy to stand up to those who are on other sides of the issues. It's not always fair to be the one to have to tell the truth. And sometimes, even when it's a no-brainer......

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Watch Birds…They get it.

I spent all last week in Florida with the Ursinus Softball team. It was a week of fun times, great softball (Now an 8-0 start to the season--Go Bears! 🙂  and "magical memories" :-). I'm excited to be a part of something this special. I watched some great players...

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In the darkest hour… light.

 "Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?"  ~Maurice Freehill There were moments, growing up in a big old house, that I admit I didn't want to go up to bed alone.  I don't really know why... but the dark had its way of...

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