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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Without Stars, We’re All Pretty Much the Same

“I’m quite happy to say that the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day, the day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches and no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.” ~The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss Walking into the store, the lady in the fancy dress feels intimidating, the way she seems to […]

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In the Event of an Emergency…

“I remembered my mother’s insistence that I always wear clean underwear because I might get knocked down by a car on the way to or from school and I and the family would be disgraced even beyond the grave, presumably, if my underwear was dirty.” ~James Arthur Baldwin The sound was alarming.  Sleep was abruptly […]

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Choices: Waiting at Every Turn

“The moment that we believe we have a choice, there is hope. We are no longer playing the role of victim — we are taking responsibility.” ~Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell, Parenting Power When children are young, we give them freedom in choosing things: what color shirt they will wear, how much food they […]

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