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Martha Lyles

Entries by Martha Lyles

Coping With Cancer and Keeping the Faith

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Two years ago a routine mammogram led to the diagnosis that changed my life: cancer.

The 10-day wait from scheduling that biopsy to having it done felt like 10 months. If I were facing a serious disease, I wanted to treat it as soon as possible, to nip it...

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Confessions of a Former Model: On Faith and Hour-Glass Figures

(67) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 7:35 AM

I was a model back when bust-waist-hip measurements were bandied around like batting averages on baseball trading cards. Those three numbers were printed in Miss America programs until 1985.

Mine were 34-22-33.

Like Twiggy, I was tiny, but I feared that my bust was inadequate. So did others, apparently; implants...

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Letter To A Young Bride After 43 Years Of Marriage

(123) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 8:04 AM


Dear Martha,

There you are, all 98 pounds, trying to keep your cool in that long-sleeved wedding dress on that sweltering day. The hottest of the year in Pueblo, Colo., and the air conditioner at Christ the King breaks.

Once you're all set, Mom...

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After Aurora: A Deadly Shooter and a Queen of Peace

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 2:07 PM

Deacon John Thunblom, 76, rose early on Friday, July 20, and turned on the TV before breakfast, stunned to hear a local news anchor report a mass shooting at the Century 16 Theater a mile from his home.

"Oh, God," he said. "This is a terrible world."

Then he...

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What the Fire Spared: On Mary and Motherhood

(517) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 7:09 AM

The thing you need to know about California brushfires is how fast they can move and how high they can reach.

Whenever we smell smoke here in the southwest corner of the country, we're on high alert.
So my husband, Dick, and I were vigilant on that warm October...

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