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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“Imagine what our real neighbors would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person. Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone. One kind empathetic word has […]

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The Rest of the Story

“Don’t let the force of an impression when it first hits you knock you off your feet; just say to it: Hold on a moment; let me see who you are and what you represent. Let me put you to the test.” ~ Epictetus That darn Ward Cleaver! I get so frustrated because he always […]

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Tick Tock, Time to Polish

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca We were in 7th grade, and the announcement came that our […]

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Looking for Change

“The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none.” ~Unknown Amanda was 36. Casey was 25. Both women died at the hands of their husbands in my no longer small town in the month of May. You can say what you will about what […]

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Honoring Grief

“There are no quick fixes to grief. No easy answers. Every expression of grief that wants to be felt and honored and given its space must be allowed, in order to heal.” ― Tom Zuba It is about this time of year that my emotions seem to be on high alert. We have Mother’s Day, […]

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Time to Speak

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” ― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly “Why am I afraid to tell you who I am? I am afraid to tell you who I am, because if I tell you who I am, you may not like who I am, and it’s all that I have.” John Joseph Powell My Aunt […]

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Come into the Light

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice The light in my aunt’s apartment seemed really dim, and with her extreme vision issues, it was especially a problem. In the lightbulb area at the store, we looked at all the different […]

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Slow Down

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates If I weren’t a bird watcher, I might have easily been convinced that someone was hammering on our house. It turned out, however, there was hammering, but it was on the neighbor’s house. There was no treat awaiting the Red-Bellied Woodpecker who hammered away on the edge […]

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Need a Hug?

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh My alarm was set for 30 minutes before my check-in time, and I sat with the browser page open so I wouldn’t be late. While I waited, I started reading a book. It was really interesting. It was so interesting that when I checked to see how […]

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Just a Sliver of Humble Pie

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ~Epictetus Taking my aisle seat on the plane, I hoped no one would ask to sit beside me. There was a lady sitting near the window, and we both seemed to like the space between us just the way it was. […]

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