C is for Control

Standing in the aisle at Target, my legs were frozen as the variety of Poise, Depends, and Always bladder protection pads were making me come to a party that I had absolutely no interest in attending.   Read More

The “Tully” Effect

The following post is from a movie blog that Dion and I write called “Popcorn Reals: Metzger, Morton, and the Movies.”    
We must ALL be an another woman’s Tully at some point.  

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I bought a new make-up compact…

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,–

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

 Why should the world be overwise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

 By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Randall and Me

Randall, from NBC’s “This Is Us”, and I have a few similar experiences. This fictional character has helped me reconcile with a few things in my own life. Read More

The 8% Revisited

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We are approaching the home stretch of 2017. Most of us are beginning to reflect on resolutions we have made and did not achieve.  We should be honest with ourselves, we typically do not always reflect on the positives and making a new list of resolutions.

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I AM…

Who knew when I started a journey one year ago that would change my life forever, I would finally be able to answer and list my ‘I Am’.  Here’s to learning to LIVE!  

This was my reflection to the freshman students at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.

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Third Movement: Michael

This is the story of my father, Michael Morton.  This isn’t a sad story, but one about real life.

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Second Movement: The Mother Bird

The second movement is usually slow and lyrical, with a lilting, songlike theme. No battle-of-the-sexes melody thing goes on here, and the structure can be looser than in the first movement. Sit back and drink it in.

Note from The Fast Forward Blog: For Mother’s Day, I always feature a guest writer.  In keeping with the theme of the symphony.  The solo performance is from my mother, Debra.  Read More

Symphony No. 36

When we are born, we start assembling a symphony of life where the instruments are the people that add richness to our stories.  They are part of life’s twists and turns like the movements in a symphony that are highlighted by crescendos and decrescendos.The conductor steps on the stage, and with a final push the doctor announces…It’s a girl!

Why does the conductor shake the hand of the violinist before the concert begins? The conductor is acknowledging the concertmaster, who is the leader of the violins and a vital part of the orchestra leadership. Our concertmaster is Lauren Morton.

 

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The “Flaw” At The Door

When I started looking for a new home I sent a carefully constructed list to my realtor of “must haves” and “nonnegotiable” things. For example, I refused to do street parking or yard work.

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