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Leadership and Accountability for Us All

“Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater.”― Mark Twain There is no law that says you must be an honest person, but there are laws that will punish you when you are dishonest in certain situations. The question I come away with after seeing Twain’s quote, though, is Why do people need […]

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Putting off until tomorrow….

“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” ― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind It still amazes me that with my frequent inability to focus, I was able to read Mitchell’s Gone with the […]

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Lonely in a Crowd

“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert …” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince There was a beautiful wooded area behind my house when I was a little girl.  Beyond the woods was a […]

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Taking an Inventory

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” ― Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook “Why, Mr. Magruder?  Why do we have to count all the towels?”  Every January, just before the white sale […]

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A New View

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ― John le Carré   While I was eating lunch with friends recently, my young friend Caroline left us to take a nap while her mother enjoyed a visit with the adults.  Caroline poked her head back out the bedroom door and said, “I […]

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Cooking with Attitude

“Proper attitudes are as important as the quality of food and cooking techniques.” Healing with Whole Foods   It’s been more than six years since I made major changes in my eating choices.  Each year since those initial changes of dropping sugar and flour from my diet, I have made adjustments at meal and snacktime, […]

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Sharing it All

“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains … the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. ” ~Clarence Darrow Recently, as I was going through the news feed on one of my social media pages,  I came across a Facebook friend who is […]

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Finding Freedom

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Two women sat watching their sons […]

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You’re Grace?

“Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” ~Frederich Schiller “You’re Grace?”  The question was not so strange.  My business name contains “Grace,” and the column which holds my blog is ‘Amazed by Grace’.  If either of my sons had turned out to be a daughter, her name would have been Elizabeth […]

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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 […]

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