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Perspective

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” ― Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness The morning was one not easily forgotten. Standing at the back door, my husband yelled into the house for me to come outside with a towel or paper towels. He sounded more urgent […]

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Digging in the Dirt

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”— Liberty Hyde Bailey John arrived early in the morning and worked well into the late afternoon. Despite the heat and a few wounds along the way, our […]

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An Inquisitive Education

A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something—and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change. ~Warren Berger Daggers were shot from almost every seat in the classroom as the little girl raised her hand to ask a question. Recess was moments […]

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No More Shame

“The difference between shame and guilt is the difference between I am bad and I did something bad.” Brene´ Brown This is a story that could be a trigger if you have lost a child. It is about more than that, but I feel I must warn you that it could bring some tears. The story […]

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Time to Stand

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” ~ J. K. Rowling Pushing against the heat filling the noon air, I hurried up the hill, excited to see the monument. Arriving at the massive structure, I read and re-read the names […]

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Don’t Take it Personally

“When we really see other people as they are without taking it personally, we can never be hurt by what they say or do.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz “Have a nice day, I love you!” I cheerfully yelled to my husband as he left for work one morning. The door closed, and I was left standing […]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“Imagine what our real neighbors would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person. Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone. One kind empathetic word has […]

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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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Tick Tock, Time to Polish

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca We were in 7th grade, and the announcement came that our […]

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