Love and happiness make up life’s lessons

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” — Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land Moving from the home you’ve known, whether for one year or 60, to a new place must be something akin to the experience of the character in Heinlein’s “Stranger,” a […]

Freedom through Empowerment, a Gift

“Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story, and it’s time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.” ― Bill Moyers In the Nancy Drew mystery series, Nancy always happened upon a great opportunity for an investigation that required her to be cunning, aware and […]

Picturing courtesy

“We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “I want to look just like your picture of me,” she said. Smoothing a few wrinkles, removing a temporary blemish, and adding some light where there […]

Life, at any age, matters

Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid. — Albert Schweitzer It was incredibly humbling. I’ve made time for many things and many people, but I had overlooked a friend who really mattered to me. What could I say other than I was sorry that I hadn’t done better? You don’t even […]

Secrets eat away good and leave destruction behind

“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.” ― Cassandra Clare, “Clockwork Prince” From museums to television shows and  from boardrooms to bedrooms, secrets are controlling the actions of people every day. Many things in life might be out of our control, […]

Learning for Life

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! The announcement for an event called the Polyglot Conference popped onto my screen, and I was really intrigued.  “Polyglot” was a word I didn’t know, and I […]

Shift into Success

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. — Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning Actor Jim Carrey was 15 years old when he found himself in a situation where he was supporting his family while they lived in a van. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was 39, he developed polio, and his partial […]

X Marks the Spot

“There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” — Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” Good enough is OK for some things, but when it comes to my health, good enough just doesn’t work for me. Feeling a little […]

On My Honor

“On my honor, I will try:  To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.” “On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty To God and my country” ― Boy Scouts of America “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that […]

Accepting Snarls of Life

“Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” — G.K. Chesterton Being cheerful isn’t as easy as it sounds for some folks, and even for the most optimistic people, there are circumstances that try our positive outlooks. Let’s face it, sometimes circumstances do leave us feeling desperate, but is it […]

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