Busting a Fear

You may recall that I am one of the most bawk! bawk! chicken-y people around (remember the double-dose of Xanax I needed to get through a simple LASIK procedure?).

I am on a quest to bust through some of my limiting beliefs, like the one that says I don’t get along well with water, especially wild water. So earlier this month when we took a family weekend in Colorado Springs and the others wanted to go whitewater rafting? I resolved to model for my kids how to be brave, how to “feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Gulp. I don’t much like being cold, being underwater,  or proving the existence of gravity.

Thanks to guidance from VisitCOS, we entrusted Echo Canyon River Expeditions with my family’s desire for an adventure and my desire to not die a watery death.

family goes river rafting

When we checked in, the owner approached my husband and me to ask if we were first-timers (I was) and if we’d agree to provide a testimonial on camera when we returned. I balked. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to. Endure was about the best I could hope for. I told the owner I’d let him know after I returned.

If I returned (please God let me return). Continue reading Busting a Fear

Be a Good Guest Poster: How to Share in Another’s Space

I get requests daily from people who want to guest post in this space. Like this post on difficulties and regrets in an open adoption, or this one on being a birth grandmother, or this one on a hidden peril faced by internationally adopted people.

I love being able to share with you voices of people I know and trust.

how to guest post on a blog or siteAll of these fantastic articles were written by people I have a relationship with (I get scads of pitches from others who don’t read my blurb about that critical requirement.)

Some posts are easier to get ready for publication than others. Want to know how to be a great guest poster? Here are 6 tips, as told on BlogHer (I tried to follow my own guidelines).

==>Read “6 Ways to Be a Great Guest Poster” ==>

If you’re interested in guest posting here, and if you feel we are in a relationship that includes trust, I would love to know about your post idea.

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This post is part of #MicroblogMondays? Whazzat? A post that’s not too long. Head to Stirrup Queens to join the fun.

Springtime in the Rockies

It’s been a particularly gorgeous spring here in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We’ve had milder temperatures and more moisture than in previous years.

Dexter and I walk almost every day. Here are some of photos I’ve taken #onmywalk over the last nine weeks. With a bonus pic of Dex on the deck.

 

Cheery, oh! #daffodils #flowers #onmywalk #spring

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From last week’s snow. #onmywalk #flowers #tulips #grapehyacinth #snow #cowx #latergram

A photo posted by Lori Lavender Luz (@lavluz) on


 

Four Sisters #onmywalk #trees #treeporn #blossoms #spring #spring time #springtimeinther oldies #flowers #denverado

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Continue reading Springtime in the Rockies

More Mucked Up Adoption Advice from Dear Abby

Dear Abby,

I wonder if you might consider outsourcing responses to questions you get about adoption. It’s evident from your previous misguided advice that you are sometimes out of your element adoption-wise. Let me get readers up to speed on this latest request for adoption advice.

Dear Abby adoption questions

Dear Abby: Should We Let Birth Grandparents In?

Uncertain Down South said that she and her husband met their daughter’s birth parents briefly in the hospital at the time of her birth, but the birth parents wanted no further contact. Continue reading More Mucked Up Adoption Advice from Dear Abby

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