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Back to School Traditions for Life

“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book There is no mistaking what time of year it is: Clothes, backpacks, and hair all look like they’ve been given a lot of thought, even the messy looking kids have planned the look to make their statement, and the […]

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Not Enough Hours In the Day?

“I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.” ― Florence Nightingale “Why didn’t you get the oil changed?” The question immediately causes a sense of panic, feeling ashamed that you didn’t do what you should have done. You respond, “The line was too long at the oil-change business,” or “I wasn’t […]

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Whose Life are you Living?

“The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only to their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for.” ~Joseph Campbell Exhausted from the activities of holidays, many of us come to January […]

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To Put Aside those Thoughts

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   The lights go off and the thoughts come on. Where moments earlier the body was tired and the eyes were heavy, there is suddenly new life and sometimes anxiety in the form of unwelcome thoughts.  What is it that keeps […]

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Treasure the Ordinary

“Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe You hurry to look at the sunset announced by someone standing at the window. Remarkable in its beauty, this setting sun of oranges and reds mixed with purple hues […]

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Packing Your Bags for a New Year

“What you leave behind says as much about you as what you bring along.” ― Jacquelyn Middleton, London Belongs to Me It is difficult to not get caught up in the excitement of how to make a new year better, especially if the year before held a lot of sad moments. Either way, it’s here. A year […]

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Questions Without Answers

“He explained to me with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.” ~Eli Wiesel, Night Ask a child if they made their bed or cleaned their room, ask a politician if they agree or disagree, ask someone if your outfit makes you look fat or thin, or […]

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Are You Committed?

“Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” ~Andy Andrews Being an available wife, mother, daughter, friend Saving the monarchs and the bees Walking, feeding, loving our dog Writing at least one hand-written letter […]

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Making Space in Life for What Really Matters

“The quality of your commitments will determine the course for your life.” ~Ralph Marston The computer is running low on space, the email account is flashing a warning that my storage is almost full, and my smart phone is behaving more like antiquated technology than the latest and greatest it claims to be. Furniture that was his family’s, […]

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Composing Life’s Picture

“The subject here is not at all clear. There is too much going on and the viewer is not being directed where to look. It’s easy, with interesting subjects like this, to try and include too much…” ~Darlene Hildebrandt The picture was actually very nice, but it was very busy, and I couldn’t decide where […]

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