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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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Every Member of the Cast

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else – Charles Dickens As I went through the photos of a play I attended recently, I was reminded of something I’ve known for a long time:  every member of the cast, the team, and the community matters.  In the […]

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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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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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Following the Stepping Stones

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.  You must travel it by yourself.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Our neighbors laid a beautiful stone path in their back yard not long ago, and I love to look at it when I am standing in my own yard, which is scattered with […]

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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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Just Like That…

Speechless.  Just like that.  Life ended.  It had barely begun.  A 13 year-old girl, sleeping in her grandmother’s house, with a single bullet through her head.  Her sleep would turn from gentle slumbers to a nightmare.  Did her spirit leave her body, leave her feeling no pain?  The yard outside riddled with shell casings, my […]

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Finding Freedom in Your Choices

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Choosing roads has not come without pain for me.  When I was […]

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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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