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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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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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Taking an Inventory

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” ― Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook “Why, Mr. Magruder?  Why do we have to count all the towels?”  Every January, just before the white sale […]

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The Most Powerful Tool is the Tongue

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them to become what they are capable of being.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet and composer      “You’re crazy!”  The words stung and seeped into my mind more quickly than a sponge can soak up a glass of water. […]

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It Takes a Team to find Success

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi  I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who has made it through life completely alone.  Even though a country might have one leader, he does not rule alone.  A company has […]

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The Beauty of a Wrinkle

“Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” ― Clarence Day Jr.     Putting on eye shadow has never been a difficult task for me.  Well, it wasn’t difficult until about a year ago […]

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Embracing Our Failures

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass       For his first four years, Albert Einstein didn’t speak.  Einstein’s parents were concerned that he was mentally challenged.  As a Nobel prize winner and a brilliant physicist, Einstein’s failures […]

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One Word

Do you believe that one word can make a difference for you, can change your whole day?  I’m going to give it a chance in my own life, and I encourage you to do the same. My cousin Nancy mentioned a good ‘mindfulness’ book to me, and I thought “I already own that book!”  How […]

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It’s Been So Long….

I found this, and I felt it was worth sharing.  Apparently, there are lots of people with pain… “I know how this works….you think you are better than others, and so you allow them to fall to your superiority. It’s a stupid game I’ve played for most of my life–the trying to make every group […]

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Are You Taking Care of YOU? I haven’t been…

It hit me like a (pardon the cliche’) ton of bricks.  I have been getting ticked off and aggravated by the smallest things.  It’s been going on for a month or so, and I just have hardly taken a breath to figure out why.  This morning, in the middle of a meeting with people who […]

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