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2016, The Year We Became Better!

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway Everywhere we turn, there seems to be a demand that we be better than everyone else.  If you want a promotion, be better than your co-workers, if you want first chair in the […]

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Appreciating their presence

This was originally posted in December 2014.  Thought it worth sharing for the holidays. “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, […]

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Success Often Born from Failure

“To be successful, one has to be one of three bees — the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.” Suzy Kassem, “Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem” School is back in session and it’s one of my favorite times of year. I […]

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Life, It is Too Short and It is Too Long

“The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.” Michel de Montaigne Looking at the picture on my computer monitor, the silly face reminded of how much fun my friend’s son was.  Another picture popped onto the screen, […]

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The Price of Fear

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”–Yoda One of the greatest lessons to be learned in life is that we have little control over what goes on in our lives, other than the choices we make for ourselves.  As much as you […]

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The Future is Ours, and It is Theirs

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ― Warren Buffett They said it had to be done, and we did it.  Removing those three wonderful trees from the front yard was painful, on the pocketbook and on the heart.  Roots that had been exposed in the eroding […]

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Show Up

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen Young parents are often surprised by how quickly life changes when a baby joins the family.  There is a perceived (and somewhat real) loss of freedom, and for a new mother, this is especially true if she is staying home for any length of time.  The laundry piles […]

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Friends, the key to longevity?

“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” ~Aristotle Driving late at night, you are tired and looking for a place to rest. […]

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It Takes Patience and Wisdom Not to Break that Zipper

“I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.”  ~Tommy Lasorda   It was just a thread, just a tiny thread, and I really couldn’t see why it was posing such a problem.   Patience […]

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All work and no play…the secret to society’s failings?

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato Mac and Nano are two funny fellas.  When we arrive at Nano’s to visit, Mac is literally wiggling like a worm in his excitement.  As soon as the leash is unlatched from his collar, Mac […]

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