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The Gallery in the Hallway

“Photographs and memories All the love you gave to me Somehow it just can’t be true It’s all I’ve left of you.” ~Jim Croce Bum ba da dum, bum ba da dum…the sound of the drums travels across the field, over the ditch, through a few trees, and into my ears.  It’s the high school […]

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Be Like Joe

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” ― Oscar Wilde People complain about small towns turning into big cities and losing their close-knit feel.  I suppose it can happen, but within every big city are small sections of people who help keep it feeling like a small town.  If you want it, you will find […]

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Home–where the heart is and where it all begins

“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.” ― Josh Billings Just because you have no children doesn’t mean you aren’t helping to raise a generation or two.  I think of my friend who is a choir teacher–No children of her own yet she […]

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You’re So Funny and Not Funny at All

“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones If you’ve ever eaten at a Thai restaurant, you’ve probably been asked after ordering your food, “How spicy do you want that?” My answer is almost always the same, “Just enough to let me know it’s there, but not enough […]

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Is Silence Really Golden?

They will make him bear the sins of the world. But it’s not true. You suspected what was happening, and so did I. ~Iain Pears When there is a mistake, a miscommunication, a misunderstanding, or a major blunder  it is all too easy to put the blame on one someone when it really was a council, a […]

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Passing the Baton Means Letting Go

“In relay racing, there comes a great disappointment when those who are supposed to receive the baton to get to the finishing line do not get it from those who are supposed to hand off the baton.” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah “The Millenials” (born from 1981-2000) are as talked about as any group today. Millenials must be […]

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It’s Our World, Where Will We Stand?

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”― Albert Einstein Evil people are a reality.  There are evil people who are also someone’s children, parents and even grandparents. There are also good people who are someone’s […]

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Are You Committed?

“Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” ~Andy Andrews Being an available wife, mother, daughter, friend Saving the monarchs and the bees Walking, feeding, loving our dog Writing at least one hand-written letter […]

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When will we say “Enough”?

“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” ― Zack W. Van “If you wear that to school, you deserve to get beaten up!” “Listening to that kind of music, you’re gonna get yourself beaten up when you get to the playground.” “If […]

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Whom Do You Remember?

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy. ~Doc Hastings It has now been 147 years since Decoration Day was first celebrated.  I wish I had been […]

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