Protected: Traditions Can Be Treasures

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More of Everything

“I did not like this feeling of having feelings.” ― Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter “You are such a cry baby!” “You are such a sensitive person.” “You always take everything to heart.”      The labels have been bestowed upon me as if they are bad things.  For most of my life, I have […]

The Best Part of Life

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ― William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads      It struck suddenly.  An active young mother  fell ill to a sickness that had no name.  She aged many years in the first week after losing much feeling on her left […]

Fear Not

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson      Twelve steps or three leaps.  That’s how […]

What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.”― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Hitting another person […]

Escaping the Past to Embrace the Future

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland       Parenting in the Pew, A Rhinoceros Wakes Me Up in the Morning, Making Your Kids Mind Without Losing Yours, Miss Mary Bobo’s Cookbook, The Glycemic Load, Food as Medicine, Practical Paleo, E², The […]

Scabs, Scars, and Healing Wounds

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses      It was a big hill, and flying down it on my sturdy blue bicycle without training wheels was blissful freedom.  I was commanding the road without a care in the world.  Starting at […]

If you don’t have a gavel, why do you judge?

“As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen      What you think of […]

Life is a people business…Make it a pleasure

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. ~ Dale Carnegie      I have been dealing with people for a long time.  It started probably fifty years ago, when  I was born.  There […]

Want to be popular? Try a little kindness!

“Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.”  —Aristotle      For a couple of months, my morning walks with our dog are stress-free; school is not in session.  The rest of the year,  our morning maneuvers require a little more thought.  I try to walk before the road gets busy, but […]