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It Takes a Team to find Success

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi  I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who has made it through life completely alone.  Even though a country might have one leader, he does not rule alone.  A company has […]

Breaking Free from The Rumor Mill

“The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Twain’s infamous quote came in a letter he wrote in May 1897. His cousin had been gravely ill.  People must have confused the two men, and rumors began that Twain was dying and then was dead.  Rumors are untruths, or sometimes partial truths, that are […]

Traditions Can Be Treasures

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer      “Where’s the cranberry sauce?  We can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce!”  It was the first Thanksgiving my mother had lived in her new home near my family, […]

Fear Not

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson      Twelve steps or three leaps.  That’s how […]

Scabs, Scars, and Healing Wounds

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses      It was a big hill, and flying down it on my sturdy blue bicycle without training wheels was blissful freedom.  I was commanding the road without a care in the world.  Starting at […]

If you don’t have a gavel, why do you judge?

“As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen      What you think of […]

My Journey of Health

That is Mary Anne Blake.  She has been practicing medicine for 27 years, and guess how long she has been my doctor?  27 years!  She is an amazing person and doctor, and I love her with everything in me.  She has been with me in some of the most difficult moments of my life, and […]

Yesterday, Kindergarten and then…LIFE

I subbed in a kindergarten class the other day, and as I looked at the sweet faces of the very tired children (on the 22nd day of school they are practically still big preschoolers), I thought about how quickly life will move for them…how quickly life has moved for me. This morning, I pored over […]

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