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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Be a Part of the Continent, a Part of the Main

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”  John Donne, No Man Is An Island – Meditation XVII The young woman struggled with the sign that had fallen.  She had a broom in one hand and a portion of the sign in […]

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Lonely in a Crowd

“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert …” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince There was a beautiful wooded area behind my house when I was a little girl.  Beyond the woods was a […]

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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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A New View

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ― John le Carré   While I was eating lunch with friends recently, my young friend Caroline left us to take a nap while her mother enjoyed a visit with the adults.  Caroline poked her head back out the bedroom door and said, “I […]

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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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Finding Freedom

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Two women sat watching their sons […]

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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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