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Whom Do You Remember?

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy. ~Doc Hastings It has now been 147 years since Decoration Day was first celebrated.  I wish I had been […]

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When Life is Out of Control

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” ― Kahlil Gibran The people standing beside me were crowding in, as if they might smother me, it seemed.  My heart was pounding, my skin was tingly, my head felt dizzy, and I thought I might just die right […]

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Expiration Dates Keep Life and Ideas Fresh

It’s really clear to me that you can’t hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas. ~Alan Alda When my friend’s husband died, I wanted to do something helpful and useful, so I cleaned out her refrigerator.  We […]

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Living Beyond Balance

“I don’t like the word ‘balance.’ To me, that somehow conjures up conflict between work and family… as long as we think of these things as conflicting, we will never have happiness. True happiness comes from integration… of work, family, self, community.” Padmasree Warrior Balance is necessary in so many places, isn’t it?  I’ve been […]

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That Sneaky Thing Called Sadness

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There has been a lot of sad news lately. It isn’t really my sad news but that of folks I care about: Friends who are dealing with cancer and other […]

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Loving People Between Victory and Defeat

“At the time of the Silver Jubilee, I was a grumpy anti-monarchist. I didn’t celebrate and was appalled by the celebrations. In my idiocy, I missed out! I feel completely differently now compared with that time.” ~Helen Mirren A baby rolls over and there is rejoicing. Crawling gives way to the first step, it’s a celebration. […]

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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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Going with the Flow offers a Better Life

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu The thought of not having a manicured yard never crossed my mind.  I’d watched my daddy spend lots of time trying to […]

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The Plight of Outsiders

“If you’ve ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays with you.”― Tim Burton Feelings aren’t facts, that’s true, but man oh man can feelings be our reality.  You’ve hit your thumb with the hammer […]

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Lose the Label for a Better Look at Life

“Once you label me you negate me.” ~Soren Kirkegaard. Standing before the camera was an elderly woman holding a yellow star with some faint handwriting on it that I could not read. This woman, who was much older than I, stood before me on the screen, explaining that when she was a very young girl […]

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