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Collaboration vs Competition

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes  You sit in your office and the younger gentleman or woman comes to you for advice on a project.  Will you help them?  You cook a wonderful dish and your friend wants to know how to […]

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Just looking for my place in the world

“He could not return to living full-time with the Dursleys, not now that he knew the other world, the one to which he really belonged.” ― J.K. Rowling   If we can utter the words I’m a member, we are also saying that we are not outsiders, not visitors, and that we belong.  It would […]

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It’s Your Grief

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi Grief can be a dark and heavy word.  I was responding on Facebook to a friend’s loss recently, and it hit me.  Just as people in my youth didn’t have to contend with social media to add to embarrassments, just as friendships in […]

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Every Member of the Cast

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else – Charles Dickens As I went through the photos of a play I attended recently, I was reminded of something I’ve known for a long time:  every member of the cast, the team, and the community matters.  In the […]

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Don’t be Mean

“She said, ‘I walked out of Auschwitz into life…I will never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I ever say.” ~Benjamin Zander, Lessons from Auschwitz   Today, I will speak good words.  It’s that simple, after all, isn’t it?  I just decide I want to speak kindness into others’ lives, and it […]

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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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Putting off until tomorrow….

“I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” ― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind It still amazes me that with my frequent inability to focus, I was able to read Mitchell’s Gone with the […]

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And She Laughed…

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”― Victor Hugo When I was in college, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was taking a health class at the time, and I chose to write a paper about the disease for one of our assignments in hopes of finding some piece of information […]

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Following the Stepping Stones

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.  You must travel it by yourself.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Our neighbors laid a beautiful stone path in their back yard not long ago, and I love to look at it when I am standing in my own yard, which is scattered with […]

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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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