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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“Imagine what our real neighbors would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person. Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone. One kind empathetic word has […]

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The Rest of the Story

“Don’t let the force of an impression when it first hits you knock you off your feet; just say to it: Hold on a moment; let me see who you are and what you represent. Let me put you to the test.” ~ Epictetus That darn Ward Cleaver! I get so frustrated because he always […]

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Tick Tock, Time to Polish

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca We were in 7th grade, and the announcement came that our […]

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Looking for Change

“The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none.” ~Unknown Amanda was 36. Casey was 25. Both women died at the hands of their husbands in my no longer small town in the month of May. You can say what you will about what […]

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Time to Speak

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” ― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly “Why am I afraid to tell you who I am? I am afraid to tell you who I am, because if I tell you who I am, you may not like who I am, and it’s all that I have.” John Joseph Powell My Aunt […]

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Just a Sliver of Humble Pie

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ~Epictetus Taking my aisle seat on the plane, I hoped no one would ask to sit beside me. There was a lady sitting near the window, and we both seemed to like the space between us just the way it was. […]

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Moving Beyond Fear

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie (1867-1934) The hair on the dog’s back ruffled, standing up as if someone had brushed it against the grain. I have a healthy fear of a growling […]

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No Complaints

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now “I can’t believe he…” I switched the band to my other arm. Twenty minutes later, in frustration, I began […]

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The Faces in my Treasure Chest

“Our faces will become works of art that our grandchildren will treasure.” ― Adriana Trigiani, Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers My grandmother’s face is still visible to me when I close my eyes. Her skin was soft and filled with beautiful gentle wrinkles. My grandma’s face wasn’t as soft, but her face […]

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Our Choices

“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.” ~ Epictetus The rain began to fall, and far from home or […]

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