Love and happiness make up life’s lessons

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” — Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land Moving from the home you’ve known, whether for one year or 60, to a new place must be something akin to the experience of the character in Heinlein’s “Stranger,” a […]

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Freedom through Empowerment, a Gift

“Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story, and it’s time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.” ― Bill Moyers In the Nancy Drew mystery series, Nancy always happened upon a great opportunity for an investigation that required her to be cunning, aware and […]

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Picturing courtesy

“We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “I want to look just like your picture of me,” she said. Smoothing a few wrinkles, removing a temporary blemish, and adding some light where there […]

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Life, at any age, matters

Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid. — Albert Schweitzer It was incredibly humbling. I’ve made time for many things and many people, but I had overlooked a friend who really mattered to me. What could I say other than I was sorry that I hadn’t done better? You don’t even […]

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Secrets eat away good and leave destruction behind

“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.” ― Cassandra Clare, “Clockwork Prince” From museums to television shows and  from boardrooms to bedrooms, secrets are controlling the actions of people every day. Many things in life might be out of our control, […]

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