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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Have We Found Freedom?

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.  ~Pearl S. Buck If you’ve walked everywhere all your life, you can’t appreciate the longing a person in a wheelchair must have to share in your freedom.  If you’ve been able to […]

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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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From Crisis to Success

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van Gogh   It’s one of my favorite toys that only comes out of storage during December because it happens to be red and green.  A red base with green tree trunks […]

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Finishing Well

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden Finally, the Christmas tree is decorated with small white lights and lots of ornaments that have followed us through many years of life.  The […]

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Crazy Little Thing Called Life

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. ~Wayne Dyer With 993 MILLION results on Google about “The Purpose of Life”, it is a sure thing that we are a world of thinking people who want to live for […]

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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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Shhh…

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides~Artur Schnabel Shhh.  Do you hear that?  No? Oh, that’s because it’s just silence and the stillness of the moment. Isn’t it beautiful?  No?  It makes you uncomfortable? You want the television or radio […]

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