Edith Andersen

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If you could embody the qualities of someone you respect and admire, what would they be? Maybe it’s the Dalai Lama’s peaceful presence, sense of humor, and that he doesn’t pretend to know everything. Answering would be easier if we could cherry-pick from several people, mother’s work habits, Betty’s kindness, and Aunt Molly’s unique wardrobe.

You get married for better or worse. At twenty-five, that’s an easy commitment to make. Signing the paperwork without reading the fine print is normal. You are more concerned about your gown’s Chantilly lace than legal matters. Thirty or more years later, the mistake of not reading the conditions outlined in your marriage contract is sitting on the couch watching television from morning to night.

Reading about defenders of justice and freedom inspires us. Humanity’s inherent sense of fairness is embedded in us and passed on to the young. The exceptions are people born or forced into horrid conditions where survival is the only goal. But even then, a few rise to the challenge. Looking at myself from an outside the forest perspective, I admit that my boldness could use a shot of B12.

Sister relationships are some of the most authentic relationships we have. A sister-sister relationship is unique and unlike any other. The closer in age, the better your sisters understand the things you have gone through. We are each other’s confidantes and combatants. We share common memories and similar experiences. A sister is there for the […]

Most of us are good at taking care of ourselves and the stuff we own. While in quarantine, I posted on FB. “When this is over, we are going to need a haircut.” Dozens agreed. We get annual flu shots, hire people to take care of our lawn, and check our bank balance to make sure we have enough money. In other words, we are very good at taking care of the external stuff.