being better

Won’t You Please, Please Help Me?

“Help! I need somebody Help! Not just anybody Help! You know I need someone Help!” ~ John Lennon / Paul Mccartney Watching the woman struggle with what was obviously too many items, I wondered if I should get a cart for her. The voice in my head argued with me, “No, she is an adult and […]

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What’s Important?

“Make room for the real important stuff.” —Tigger” Helping my mother move this week, my thought process hasn’t been what it normally might be. The question of the importance of the people and things in our lives seems paramount to talk about with you over anything else. What is it that occupies your time? What have […]

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Embracing our Differences

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The child stared at the man who looked so […]

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Shedding Skin, Spreading Wings

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Proverb When you are young and trying to make your mark in life, or when you are older and looking for a new place in the world, it can seem that nothing will ever change, that you are just stuck where you […]

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The Other Side of the Story

“Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either.” ~Aesop   The teacher walked into the room to see one boy punch the other in the arm. Quickly, she chastised the offender and checked to be sure the victim was ok. “But Teacher,” said the […]

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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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