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What’s Your Path?

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself.” ~Walt Whitman It was a chilly afternoon, and my older son had pulled in the driveway after a vocal performance test. Eager to hear how he thought he had done, I raced outside without a sweater. “I nailed […]

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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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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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Where’s that Joy?

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” ― Walt Whitman   What a long ride it was from the house to the market on my little blue bicycle. Living on top of a hill meant leaving was a breeze and returning was hard work. Flying around the curves, staying close to the edge of the road to avoid […]

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Endings

There´s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall And the bells in the steeple too And up in the nursery an absurd little bird Is popping out to say “cuckoo”  ~Oscar Hammerstein II   It’s been a little less than four years since a news editor at the Daily News Journal […]

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I’ll Choose Serenity

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr “You’re really not acting like you normally do. You need to chill out.” Was my friend really saying this to me? Yes, she was, and it was very painful […]

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Persist

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success. ~ Jack Canfield Not wanting to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, I will simply say that I was pretty […]

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Appreciating the Patina

“Trouble makes us one with every human being in the world – and unless we touch others, we’re out of touch with life.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Being in touch with people (real people, in real life) is not a necessary part of daily life for many adults today. With the gift of the internet, […]

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Good Riddance to Guilt

“Calvin : There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.” ― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes The pressure is on. Just writing those words creates a little sense of panic in me, but the pressure really is on so many people right now. We are […]

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“It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.” ~Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future III) I started college when I was 18 years old. I had to leave a year and a half later and […]

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