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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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Looking for Unexpected Beauty

“No object is so ugly that, under certain conditions of light and shade, or proximity to other things, it will not look beautiful; no object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.” – Oscar Wilde Standing in the checkout line at the grocery, the racks full of tabloids seemed to […]

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Planning to Succeed

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry He was only twelve years old when he flew in a plane for the first time. From that day, he knew he would one day be a pilot. He wasn’t sure how to make it happen at that point, but as he moved […]

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What’s Your Path?

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself.” ~Walt Whitman It was a chilly afternoon, and my older son had pulled in the driveway after a vocal performance test. Eager to hear how he thought he had done, I raced outside without a sweater. “I nailed […]

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Plans and Projects

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Hopping into the car, I start merrily on my way early in the morning. I notice the yellow light begins flashing — a reminder that I am almost out of gas. There is a long drive ahead of me, and it’s below […]

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Moving Beyond Fear

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie (1867-1934) The hair on the dog’s back ruffled, standing up as if someone had brushed it against the grain. I have a healthy fear of a growling […]

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No Complaints

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now “I can’t believe he…” I switched the band to my other arm. Twenty minutes later, in frustration, I began […]

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I’ll Choose Serenity

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr “You’re really not acting like you normally do. You need to chill out.” Was my friend really saying this to me? Yes, she was, and it was very painful […]

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Making a Choice

“How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements — how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!” ~Seneca “Just say no, Susan,” […]

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Persist

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success. ~ Jack Canfield Not wanting to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, I will simply say that I was pretty […]

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