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Presents or Presence, Every Day

“I wear the chain I forged in life….I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” ― Jacob Marley’s ghost; Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol      Heading out of the house, an update from someone […]

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The Most Powerful Tool is the Tongue

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them to become what they are capable of being.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet and composer      “You’re crazy!”  The words stung and seeped into my mind more quickly than a sponge can soak up a glass of water. […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Life is a people business…Make it a pleasure

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. ~ Dale Carnegie      I have been dealing with people for a long time.  It started probably fifty years ago, when  I was born.  There […]

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Telling Your Story…

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelou       “Everyone has a story,” I remarked to my friend as she blessed my heart over learning things about me she didn’t know.       “We both know that,” she responded.  We don’t have to know much to […]

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A Response of Compassion

Just short of a week, Christopher Smithburg was missing. People volunteered to join the hunt to find him, officers spent extra hours working to find him, and praying folk prayed for his safe return. On the Tuesday following his Thursday disappearance, he was found. And everyone rejoiced. Or did they? When I was probably seven […]

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