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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Got Conflict? Bring it on!

“All of your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.  Seek disharmony and you will gain peace”.  Rumi      Waiting at the Lion’s Club, I would stand with my mother as the line wound around until it was her turn to vote.  I remember the curtain that hid us from the rest of the voters […]

The Beauty of a Wrinkle

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” ― Clarence Day Jr.     Putting on eye shadow has never been a difficult task for me.  Well, it wasn’t difficult until about a year ago […]

The Best Part of Life

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ― William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads      It struck suddenly.  An active young mother  fell ill to a sickness that had no name.  She aged many years in the first week after losing much feeling on her left […]

What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.”― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Hitting another person […]

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 […]

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