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From Crisis to Success

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van Gogh   It’s one of my favorite toys that only comes out of storage during December because it happens to be red and green.  A red base with green tree trunks […]

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Crazy Little Thing Called Life

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. ~Wayne Dyer With 993 MILLION results on Google about “The Purpose of Life”, it is a sure thing that we are a world of thinking people who want to live for […]

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Success Often Born from Failure

“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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Shhh…

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides~Artur Schnabel Shhh.  Do you hear that?  No? Oh, that’s because it’s just silence and the stillness of the moment. Isn’t it beautiful?  No?  It makes you uncomfortable? You want the television or radio […]

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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? […]

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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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It Takes Patience and Wisdom Not to Break that Zipper

“I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.”  ~Tommy Lasorda   It was just a thread, just a tiny thread, and I really couldn’t see why it was posing such a problem.   Patience […]

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All work and no play…the secret to society’s failings?

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato Mac and Nano are two funny fellas.  When we arrive at Nano’s to visit, Mac is literally wiggling like a worm in his excitement.  As soon as the leash is unlatched from his collar, Mac […]

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