Doing your job makes our job easier.

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I have been writing on Medium since 2018.

I started as an inexperienced writer. It was before Medium exploded and all articles were reviewed for curation. Unsplash was available, but not yet linked as a direct source. And you were allowed to republish your older articles.

Those were the days.

As I progressed, editors started to ask me to publish in their publications. I was honored. Who was I anyway? I was just starting to write again had no idea what I was doing.

I considered the editor’s time valuable, and I edited the hell out of my work. …


You have more heart than I do.

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Love is that one thing we all crave.

It’s that thing one thing some will die for, if it doesn’t kill them first.

It makes the world go ‘round. It’s a drug and Lord of all. It hurts so bad that when it ends, we swear it’s the last time. We’re done. But then we see that face, or smile, and think, “okay, just one more time.”

And we set ourselves up for the next time.

It reminds me of giving birth. The labor pains hit, you writhe in agony. For hours.

The first time, you have no idea and realize it’s not what you signed up for. You swear you'll never do it again. …


It’s proof that love never dies.

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She’s doesn’t have wings or a typical angel-like face.

But shat she has is what matters: angel energy. That sparkling love and vitality that touches your heart when you look at her.

I say “her” because my mother did and because she was my mother’s final Christmas gift. My mother recognized this energy and was attached to her the minute she saw her.

It’s been over 20 years and her white, lace dress emits a shabby-sheek appearance, aged but still elegant. Her face possesses the innocent wisdom of the hope and promise of the Christmas Season.

She dons a tiny pearl crown, earrings, and a simple pearl necklace. …


And it hit a new low two days later.

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Christmas wasn’t the same this year. Not for anyone. But with a little ingenuity, my family held on to one tradition: Yankee Swap.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, it involves regifting something that’s been stored in the attic or basement, like that fruit cake that never seems to go bad.

The gifts are wrapped and placed in a pile. If you want to participate, you bring a gift, but no pressure. You then pick a number out of a hat or box. The first person goes first, unwraps a gift, and shows it to everyone.

The person who picks number two has the option of keeping what they choose or swapping with the first person. And so on down the line. After everyone has had a turn, the person who went first has their pick of everyone else’s gift. …


I own everything, and I’ll do what I want with it.

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Hey mom, thanks so much for the new rug.

You spent a lot of time looking at pictures on your computer and measuring to make sure you got just the right one. Congratulations! I know this one is really nice and that you got it at a good price.

And it’s so lush, big, and heavy! I know you were happy to get it because you lay on it sometimes to watch television. I love to join you. Of course, you know I’m just sucking up. Food is always on my mind.

Getting this rug on the floor took more effort than I would have bothered with. …


There’s a lot more to making good lemonade than just the lemons.

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Everything is relative.

And a matter of comparison.

You can’t have light without the dark. You can’t know happiness unless you’ve shed some tears. You don’t appreciate what it feels like to be loved if you’ve never been alone and felt longing.

Suffering is the same. If we’re never deprived of something, how can we ever appreciate what it’s like to have it in the first place?

Suffering has a way of weeding out the stuff we don’t need and bringing what is vital into view for the first time.

If everything were good all the time, then the important stuff would just blend in with the rest of the trivial stuff. You wouldn’t know how good you had it because you never had it bad. And since last March, things have gotten mighty miserable. …


There’s a lot more to making good lemonade than just the lemons.

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Photo by Sherise . on Unsplash

Everything is relative.

And a matter of comparison.

You can’t have light without the dark. You can’t know happiness unless you’ve shed some tears. You don’t appreciate what it feels like to be loved if you’ve never been alone and felt longing.

Suffering is the same. If we’re never deprived of something, how can we ever appreciate what it’s like to have it in the first place?

Suffering has a way of weeding out the stuff we don’t need and bringing what is vital into view for the first time.

If everything were good all the time, then the important stuff would just blend in with the rest of the trivial stuff. You wouldn’t know how good you had it because you never had it bad. And since last March, things have gotten mighty miserable. …


After so much death and chaos, we need to reach for the light.

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It’s been almost a year since our lives resembled any hint of “normal.”

Death, sickness, political chaos, financial loss, social isolation, and the list goes on and on.

Commercials with all types of great deals are hitting the airwaves with visions of togetherness that will most likely not happen. I wonder, what is the point of buying gifts if we have to open them in solitude? When what we want is to celebrate the gift of being together?

And yet, the scenes of brightly lit trees with ornaments, garland on handrails, and multi-colored lights gleaming from snow-covered bushes bring hope and promise of a brighter future. …


If patents aren’t suspended, the price may be too high for some.

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It’s not a matter of if there will be a COVID-19 vaccine, and its distribution is imminent. The question now is, do you live in a country that can pay for it?

If not, you may have a longer wait than others living in a more affluent one.

There are over 100 vaccines in development with several in Phase 3, or human trial phases, but Prizer and Moderna are the two leaders in the race. And Pfizer has applied for emergency distribution.

But the distribution comes at a cost, and he who coughs up the most money gets the prize. In this case, a life-saving vaccine. …


Being the first in line is going to be a tough decision.

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Like all things, the COVID-19 crisis will come to an end. That’s not to say that the virus will be completely irradicated, but with a vaccine, we will be able to resume the lives we had before March 2020.

To some extent.

But the promise of a safe and effective vaccine is being questioned, not only because Trump mishandled the pandemic, but from the fear that political consideration may have influenced the vaccine’s premature approval.

Nothing comes before money or power. Not even a pandemic.

In addition to the political considerations, there’s the fact that the process of developing the vaccine was expedited. Normally, there are several phases. But during a pandemic, the FDA can mandate “emergency use authorization” before the final formal approval. …

About

Marilyn Regan

Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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