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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Breaking Down the Task

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” ― Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book The storms blew in as the winds were whipping everything along their path. We hid in the dark of the most protected spot in the house and emerged when danger seemed to have […]

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Getting Ready for Tomorrow

“If you had duct tape, you were prepared for anything.” ― Annie Barrows, Ivy and Bean Make the Rules Replacing the side-view mirror would have been the easiest fix, but it would have taken money that could be used for more important things.  Removing the damaged mirror would have left the driver unable to see […]

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Notes from a Marine

Every now and then, it is a treat to share a little of my daddy’s memories of being in Korea.  Today is Veteran’s Day, a good day to honor him. From John Allen Black, Reflections of a Marine (Korea 1951-1953)   Boot Camp… The second day at Boot Camp, I happened to overhear a conversation […]

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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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Revelations Come When We are Ready

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh There is really no other way to see things than the way they always have been seen or to do things other than the way they’ve always been done, right?  It’s worked for years–the way […]

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