Shared Conversations I’ve Had

I have come to the point in my life, and after using my four-inch roots as a yardstick to measure my COVID sheltering, understand the real invaluable role that conversations have in our lives. Most of the time, it just causes nothing but problems but it doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t need to drown in the hot mess we find ourselves in when misunderstandings occur or when we say things that damage trust, intimacy, or good intentions. My time at home, retired and experiencing my senior life sheltering instead of traveling as we had hoped, has given…


America’s Promise on this 4th of July

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This year, more than ever, I am asking myself what freedom means to me. This is what I’ve come to.

We live in a country based upon the promise that we are entitled to the freedom to do, be, and become all we are meant to be. We continue to define what this means for each person as we step into the future. I feel I have been blessed to be an American. I love my country and all it has given me in the way of opportunity. …


Part Two of Two — Managing Life During COVID

Disclosure: I am not a trained or educated mental health professional. This article represents my own personal journey as I healed from my own challenges. If you are under a doctor’s care, all decisions made for your personal health should be discussed with your medical or health practitioner. The exercises and the links provided are all non-invasive and have experiential examples of success for thousands of individuals. If you have or know of a friend or loved one who suffers from severe mental health issues, is suicidal in any way, or whose well-being is threatened by mental health please reach…


Part One of Two Parts — Managing Life During COVID

An image of person’s form looking out a window into the world
An image of person’s form looking out a window into the world

Disclosure: I am not a trained or educated mental health professional. This article represents my own personal journey as I healed from my own challenges. If you are under a doctor’s care, all decisions made for your personal health should be discussed with your medical or health practitioner. The exercises and the links provided are all non-invasive and have experiential examples of success for thousands of individuals. If you have or know of a friend or loved one who suffers from severe mental health issues, is suicidal in any way, or whose well-being is threatened by mental health please reach…


How A Walk With My Dog on a Sunny Day in January Changed Things

I did something different today. Instead of looking at my news feed I went and took a walk, listened to birds, played ball with our dog Riley. And I simply allowed my reflections to rise, like on the quiet of a pond after a rock that has been thrown into it has settled onto the bottom.

For five years I have been a news checker. For five years I felt the uncertainty of every day based on the decisions being made by 45’s administration. For five years I felt the certainty of what his administration would bring, chaos and fear…


This letter is one shared with me by a friend who felt it important to support the efforts of responsible elected officials who wish to move forward with Impeachment of Donald Trump after he incited violence against our country on January 6, 2021. After we spoke, she asked if I would be willing to share it for those who would like to write or contact their elected representatives but have a hard time articulating their thoughts or what they feel. I agreed.

I understand how scary and confusing our times are. But we must trust the process of our governance…


Clips, Concerns and Conundrums from Candace

A funny thing happened on the way to my stories, I tripped over Conundrum! Corrected and on we go!

A friend and I were ruminating over things this past week and we were talking about how difficult it is to surrender to things out of our control. As a philosophical ideal it is just nearly impossible. Trying to do this is like trying to be taller, it doesn’t work. What we realized is that surrender is not something you can make happen. It is something we come to…or it comes to us.

I met it head on when my mother…


Clips, Concerns and Conundrums from Candace

I am as impatient as the next person. But one day I realized that the rush to get to the end of the story will one day be the end of my life. That gave me pause. I know waiting right now is painful, but it is important and necessary.

We hate the pressure of waiting and yet, waiting is what we do naturally, every day of our lives.

· We wait for an embryo to become a baby so it can live through birth.

· We wait for food to digest and when we have reaped the nutritional benefit…


Clipps, Concerns and Conundrums from Candace

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A friend and I were ruminating over things this past week and we were talking about how difficult it is to surrender to things out of our control. As a philosophical ideal it is just nearly impossible. Trying to do this is like trying to be taller, it doesn’t work. What we realized is that surrender is not something you can make happen. It is something we come to…or it comes to us.

I met it head on when my mother died in November of 2001. I had spent my life trying to take care of her. I had encouraged…

Candaceconradi

Candace is a published writer, teacher, coach and student of history. A wife, mother & grandmother, writing has been her life-long passion.

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