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Welcome to the inside of Sara Beth Wald’s head and heart, where anything can happen!

Strong, Smart, Brave

My seven-year-old has a lot of fears. And who can blame him? His whole life, the world has seemed like a very scary place. He got sick when he was nine months old, and never really got better until around ...
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Do what you can with love

Key ingredients of helping

Most of us, during these unprecedented times, are struck by a surge of compassion towards humanity. We are seeing average people step up to help one another in extraordinary ways. We have all become helpers. And it is a beautiful ...
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crocuses growing on mountain

This is a scary time. And a beautiful time.

My boys are six years apart. In the old days, almost a month ago, they went their own way. The older brother would tolerate his younger brother for only so long before the squabbling began. The irritation of the older ...
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Stay home note on a globe

All that once was: Life before and life after COVID-19

For eight and a half years I wrote a mostly feel good column in a few small town newspapers. And you know what? I was okay at it. People liked it. They looked forward to it. And so did I ...
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thumbs up

None of us deserve a free jerk pass

I was already struggling with whether to publish this post, before COVID-19. Now I’m even more unsure. It is so heartening to see the amount of good will that is going around, even among people who normally are at each ...
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Love is the only way

Love is the only way

If you feel invisible, I see you and I love you. If you are afraid, remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but standing strong against it. You can do it, and I love you. If you are ...
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Sara Beth Times Post Serious lack of love these days

A serious shortage of love these days

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day that couples feel such intense pressure to be romantic that it all but guarantees expectations won’t be met, and even the most confidently single person feels overwhelmingly alone. This year Valentine’s Day is on a ...
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Red and blue doors

People crave community: Narrowing the urban/rural divide

Growing up in the rural West, I can’t tell you how many times I heard jokes about Californians, “city folks,” and “back East,” as though people who lived in Cali or east of the Mississippi River were basically clueless idiots ...
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Sara Beth Wald at conference

A real man isn’t afraid of a woman with a voice

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a dude out there who has organized a conference to instruct women on all things feminine. And by feminine, he means at home, pregnant, while simultaneously thin and gorgeous and cooking gourmet meals and ...
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Sara Beth Wald in a tree

That time I climbed a tree, and “working out” with the elderly…

January is the time of year that everyone starts going to the gym. Every other local TV and radio ad is pushing discounted memberships and special promotions. I have always hated gyms (and bars). And I don’t use the term ...
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/ Autoimmune Disease, Humor, Introspection
Be Brave

My word for 2020 is…

It’s a thing among motivated people to choose a word at the beginning of each new year to intently focus on; a goal word that keeps you moving forward with intention. I used to be a motivated person. I still ...
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/ Introspection, Life tips
Holiday Permissions Sara Beth Times

Holiday permissions

This may not be the most warm and fuzzy thing to talk about this time of year. But our refusal to talk about it only makes the situation that much more difficult for those who are struggling. We have to ...
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/ Introspection, Life tips
I came. I saw. I made it awkward.

AWK-ward!

No post this week. I have a couple of big projects that are taking up my writing time. And plus, Thanksgiving stabbed me in the eye. Well, not literally. That doesn't even make sense. It's just an expression that is ...
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/ Humor
Sara Wald hospital

What goes well with turkey? Gratitude.

It’s been very difficult for me to write about my illness. In fact, when I got sick, I stopped writing altogether. But it’s time to address it. I’m ready… To say that the last few Thanksgivings were challenging for our ...
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Red barn

Does UC Berkeley really hate rural America?

Okay, guys. We need to have a talk. I’ve discussed this before, and really… It’s so important. You’ve got to stop believing everything the Media tells you. This is the first post in a two-part series on narrowing the urban/rural ...
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/ Life tips, Society and Culture
U.S. flags lined up in green grass

A decade later: A young soldier says goodbye

This post originally appeared in my weekly newspaper column in the Lewistown News-Argus and the Sidney (Mont.) Herald on July 4, 2009. This was before Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter. This was before we debated the virtue of ...
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/ Introspection, Society and Culture
It's okay to be quiet

We are introverts

Sometimes I just need to take a break from the world. It isn’t that I don’t love the world. It’s the exact opposite. Sometimes I love the world too much to bear. Like so many others, I have a tough ...
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/ Introspection, Life tips
jeans on a clothesline

Shopping for jeans with a teenager

Shopping for jeans for my older son used to be easy. Every season he grew exactly one size bigger. I could walk into a store, choose the right size, and we were all set. Not so for a teenager. Here’s ...
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/ Humor, Parenting
Black and white wedding photo of grandparents

Maybe we’re the ones who are out of touch

My grandpa died recently. He was 92. He was born in 1928. He spent nearly his entire life on the same Central Montana ranch where he grew up. He was quiet and kind and wise. He had strong opinions but ...
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two boys fishing

Honoring the personhood of my boys

We talk a lot about empowering girls these days. They can do anything! They can be strong and assertive and smart! And they can! For generations, females have been put into a box that only fit a select few. The ...
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Montana sunset

I live in ultimate luxury

Life is crazy good. My birthday was on Saturday. I slept in both days this weekend. My husband got up, made pancakes and eggs, brought me my smoothie, let me read and scroll social media. On Saturday morning he brought ...
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/ Introspection, Life tips
Here I go again

Here I go again

For eight and a half years I wrote a newspaper column that followed the adventures and misadventures of my family, as well as the musings and random thoughts of my complicated, simple mind. It was a study in contradictions, much ...
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