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Life’s Lessons of Love and Laughter

“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 sixty, to a new place must be something akin to the experience of the character in Heinlein’s ‘Stranger’, a […]

Accepting Snarls in Traffic and in 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 […]

Changing and Rearranging

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ― Eckhart Tolle The small fountain in my flower bed sits just outside the window where I work.  I noticed the fountain wasn’t flowing, the water was very still, and […]

Life on the Wire

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  ~George Bernard Shaw   It’s funny how life’s lessons can be seen in simple things like toys.  I remember the abacus type toys of years ago, and how much fun it was to move the little bead along the wire, […]

Lessons Not in Books

“To be successful, one has to be one of three bees – the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.”― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem School is back in session, and it’s one of my favorite times of year.  I […]

Life, It is Too Short and It is Too Long

“The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.” Michel de Montaigne Looking at the picture on my computer monitor, the silly face reminded of how much fun my friend’s son was.  Another picture popped onto the screen, […]

The Price of Fear

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”–Yoda One of the greatest lessons to be learned in life is that we have little control over what goes on in our lives, other than the choices we make for ourselves.  As much as you […]

The Future is Ours, and It is Theirs

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ― Warren Buffett They said it had to be done, and we did it.  Removing those three wonderful trees from the front yard was painful, on the pocketbook and on the heart.  Roots that had been exposed in the eroding […]

The Simplicity of Enough

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” ― Isaac Newton The clothes pile up on the bed or the chair, waiting to be put back on hangers, but set aside until a choice can be made.  So many shirts, slacks, skirts, blouses, and jackets from which to choose.  Oh, what to wear? […]

What’s Your Angle?

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Growing up in a town with three lakes, I thought every town had lakes and every person knew how to ski.  What a surprise to discover that I was in a minority. Some of […]

Show Up

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen Young parents are often surprised by how quickly life changes when a baby joins the family.  There is a perceived (and somewhat real) loss of freedom, and for a new mother, this is especially true if she is staying home for any length of time.  The laundry piles […]

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