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The Rest of the Story

“Don’t let the force of an impression when it first hits you knock you off your feet; just say to it: Hold on a moment; let me see who you are and what you represent. Let me put you to the test.” ~ Epictetus That darn Ward Cleaver! I get so frustrated because he always […]

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After the Honeymoon

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” ― Thomas A. Edison Standing in the church of my childhood, I made a vow to love and honor this guy I had known for almost 18 months for the rest of our lives. I was 23 years old […]

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Looking for Change

“The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none.” ~Unknown Amanda was 36. Casey was 25. Both women died at the hands of their husbands in my no longer small town in the month of May. You can say what you will about what […]

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Come into the Light

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice The light in my aunt’s apartment seemed really dim, and with her extreme vision issues, it was especially a problem. In the lightbulb area at the store, we looked at all the different […]

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Slow Down

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates If I weren’t a bird watcher, I might have easily been convinced that someone was hammering on our house. It turned out, however, there was hammering, but it was on the neighbor’s house. There was no treat awaiting the Red-Bellied Woodpecker who hammered away on the edge […]

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Just a Sliver of Humble Pie

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ~Epictetus Taking my aisle seat on the plane, I hoped no one would ask to sit beside me. There was a lady sitting near the window, and we both seemed to like the space between us just the way it was. […]

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What’s Your Path?

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself.” ~Walt Whitman It was a chilly afternoon, and my older son had pulled in the driveway after a vocal performance test. Eager to hear how he thought he had done, I raced outside without a sweater. “I nailed […]

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Plans and Projects

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Hopping into the car, I start merrily on my way early in the morning. I notice the yellow light begins flashing — a reminder that I am almost out of gas. There is a long drive ahead of me, and it’s below […]

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Moving Beyond Fear

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie (1867-1934) The hair on the dog’s back ruffled, standing up as if someone had brushed it against the grain. I have a healthy fear of a growling […]

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Where’s that Joy?

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” ― Walt Whitman   What a long ride it was from the house to the market on my little blue bicycle. Living on top of a hill meant leaving was a breeze and returning was hard work. Flying around the curves, staying close to the edge of the road to avoid […]

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