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Treasure the Ordinary

“Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe You hurry to look at the sunset announced by someone standing at the window. Remarkable in its beauty, this setting sun of oranges and reds mixed with purple hues […]

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The Power, the Joy, and the Fear of Anonymity

“She’d never felt more alone, even as hundreds of people walked by. No one recognized her, and she began to treasure her anonymity as a gift.” ― Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost Airports are busy, the roads are full, the restaurants are filled with tables of people.  Sitting quietly on a bench, he watched […]

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Savoring the Moment

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss The chicken pot pie before the crust is broken. The first bite into a juicy apple. The heat coming on as you stand over the register absorbing the warmth. Sitting at your clean and orderly desk before the project begins. […]

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Dear Johnston…the power of a letter

Dear Johnston, Your request for eighty dollars, I do not think it best to comply with now. At the various times when I have helped you a little, you have said to me “We can get along very well now,” but in a short time I find you in the same difficulty again. ~Abraham Lincoln […]

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The Face Across the Table

“A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years’ study of books.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The shelves are lined with books to help you be a better investor, a better volunteer, a better gardener, a better something.  A $10 billion industry in just the United States, learning to help […]

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The Gallery in the Hallway

“Photographs and memories All the love you gave to me Somehow it just can’t be true It’s all I’ve left of you.” ~Jim Croce Bum ba da dum, bum ba da dum…the sound of the drums travels across the field, over the ditch, through a few trees, and into my ears.  It’s the high school […]

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Be Like Joe

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” ― Oscar Wilde People complain about small towns turning into big cities and losing their close-knit feel.  I suppose it can happen, but within every big city are small sections of people who help keep it feeling like a small town.  If you want it, you will find […]

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Is Silence Really Golden?

They will make him bear the sins of the world. But it’s not true. You suspected what was happening, and so did I. ~Iain Pears When there is a mistake, a miscommunication, a misunderstanding, or a major blunder  it is all too easy to put the blame on one someone when it really was a council, a […]

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It’s Our World, Where Will We Stand?

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”― Albert Einstein Evil people are a reality.  There are evil people who are also someone’s children, parents and even grandparents. There are also good people who are someone’s […]

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Expiration Dates Keep Life and Ideas Fresh

It’s really clear to me that you can’t hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas. ~Alan Alda When my friend’s husband died, I wanted to do something helpful and useful, so I cleaned out her refrigerator.  We […]

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