You’re Grace?

“Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” ~Frederich Schiller “You’re Grace?”  The question was not so strange.  My business name contains “Grace,” and the column which holds my blog is ‘Amazed by Grace’.  If either of my sons had turned out to be a daughter, her name would have been Elizabeth […]

It Takes a Team to find Success

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi  I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who has made it through life completely alone.  Even though a country might have one leader, he does not rule alone.  A company has […]

Breaking Free from The Rumor Mill

“The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Twain’s infamous quote came in a letter he wrote in May 1897. His cousin had been gravely ill.  People must have confused the two men, and rumors began that Twain was dying and then was dead.  Rumors are untruths, or sometimes partial truths, that are […]

The Gifts Beneath the Surface

“The gift was not large as money goes, and my need was not great, but the spirit of the gift is beyond price and leaves me blessed and in debt.”  ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten On my 30th birthday, a friend gave me a unique gift.  It […]

Got Conflict? Bring it on!

“All of your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.  Seek disharmony and you will gain peace”.  Rumi      Waiting at the Lion’s Club, I would stand with my mother as the line wound around until it was her turn to vote.  I remember the curtain that hid us from the rest of the voters […]

The Beauty of a Wrinkle

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” ― Clarence Day Jr.     Putting on eye shadow has never been a difficult task for me.  Well, it wasn’t difficult until about a year ago […]

Traditions Can Be Treasures

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer      “Where’s the cranberry sauce?  We can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce!”  It was the first Thanksgiving my mother had lived in her new home near my family, […]

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 […]

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