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After the Storm…

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. ~Alice Walker As we walk through the neighborhood, my husband asks “Which kind is this?”  Elm? I reply with some hesitation, as I look at the leaves and the bark.  “If you had had Mrs. Ross, you’d […]

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Things Fall Apart to Come Together

‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. ~Henry David Thoreau The picture of a man standing in front of a huge pile of rubble caught my attention.  He was in Oklahoma and the rubble was clearly what was once his home, destroyed in a tornado.  What a sense of despair he must have felt, yet he […]

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Stop Assuming the Worst. Invite the Best of Life into Your View!

“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.” ― Alan Alda Growing up in a tiny Tennessee town with a mother who was a sweet Sooner from Oklahoma and a father who was a brilliant Boilermaker from Indiana, I was exposed […]

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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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You Never Know Who’s in Your Rear View Mirror

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” — Thomas Jefferson Do you remember the John Grisham novel, The Firm, where the husband and wife were having to write notes to each other rather than speak out loud in their house?  Their home had been bugged, and everything they said could be overheard […]

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Right Here. Right Now.

“If you want to get something done, ask a busy person.” Benjamin Franklin “What is the biggest obstacle facing the family right now? It is over-commitment; time pressure. There is nothing that will destroy family life more insidiously than hectic schedules and busy lives…”  James Dobson   Is my to-do list ready for tomorrow?  Is […]

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Collaboration vs Competition

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes  You sit in your office and the younger gentleman or woman comes to you for advice on a project.  Will you help them?  You cook a wonderful dish and your friend wants to know how to […]

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Just looking for my place in the world

“He could not return to living full-time with the Dursleys, not now that he knew the other world, the one to which he really belonged.” ― J.K. Rowling   If we can utter the words I’m a member, we are also saying that we are not outsiders, not visitors, and that we belong.  It would […]

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Allowing for (gasp) Imperfection

“Don’t pointless things have a place, too, in this far-from-perfect world? Remove everything pointless from an imperfect life, and it’d lose even its imperfection.” ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart Picture an ad for the latest life-changing medication, with a few key changes: Is a mismatched life getting you down?  Does living with pet hair on […]

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Don’t be Mean

“She said, ‘I walked out of Auschwitz into life…I will never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I ever say.” ~Benjamin Zander, Lessons from Auschwitz   Today, I will speak good words.  It’s that simple, after all, isn’t it?  I just decide I want to speak kindness into others’ lives, and it […]

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