That Splinter

“As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.” ~Irish Proverb Hands washed. Needle and sharp tweezers sterilized. Brown Bottle ready to pour. Magnifying glass nearby. Good lighting available. Ointment at hand. So begins surgery when I decide to operate on myself. Splinters. I dread it getting […]

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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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Slow Down

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates If I weren’t a bird watcher, I might have easily been convinced that someone was hammering on our house. It turned out, however, there was hammering, but it was on the neighbor’s house. There was no treat awaiting the Red-Bellied Woodpecker who hammered away on the edge […]

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Need a Hug?

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh My alarm was set for 30 minutes before my check-in time, and I sat with the browser page open so I wouldn’t be late. While I waited, I started reading a book. It was really interesting. It was so interesting that when I checked to see how […]

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Planning to Succeed

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry He was only twelve years old when he flew in a plane for the first time. From that day, he knew he would one day be a pilot. He wasn’t sure how to make it happen at that point, but as he moved […]

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Plans and Projects

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Hopping into the car, I start merrily on my way early in the morning. I notice the yellow light begins flashing — a reminder that I am almost out of gas. There is a long drive ahead of me, and it’s below […]

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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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Take a Walk

“It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche The ‘Real Feel’ is 38 degrees. The sun is nowhere to be seen, and the wind seems to be whipping in to lower that real feel to freezing. Brr. Still, there is nothing like fresh air. Bundled up, we can get out almost […]

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A Little Good News

“One more sad story’s one more than I can stand Just once how I’d like to see the headline say “Not much to print today, can’t find nothin’ bad to say” ~ Rory Michael Bourke, Charlie Black, Tommy Rocco Good Morning! On my walk… The bluebirds were flying between the field and a fence, eating worms […]

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Behaving Badly

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Watching and listening to the tirade of a newsman recently, I felt embarrassed for the normally calm (on camera) man. The leaked clip of his humanness played across the screen for all the internet world to […]

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