Enlightened

“Tears are words that need to be written.” ― Paulo Coelho ♦♦♦ The sadness took me by surprise. I’m normally such a happy person. Where did these feelings come from? I mentioned my sadness to some friends and immediately wished I had not — I had just exposed such a hidden part of myself. But in […]

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Knowing Your Black History

This was published in the paper early in February. I hope you will take time on this last day of the month to remember that Black History  is our history, and it should matter to each of us every day of the year. “Privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.”― Martin Luther King Jr. ♦♦♦ […]

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People Who Need People

“But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince He couldn’t wait to move out of that house. He couldn’t wait to be on his own. […]

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What We Choose to Believe

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” ― Oscar Wilde “You know, comments like that are a big red flag to people in that community.” What? I would never mean it to be a negative, or to make someone think I’m not who I present myself to be. What do you […]

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Telling Our Stories, 2021 version

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou “Everyone has a story,” I remarked to my friend as she was blessing my heart over learning things about me she didn’t know. “We both know that,” she responded. We don’t have to know much to know that there is no […]

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Kindness is as Kindness Does

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ― Mark Twain ♦♦♦ You push and I’ll pull. It was a lot of work, but we moved the large desk up the stairs and over the threshold. I rarely will ask for help, especially when moving furniture, but twice I have […]

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Today’s Date is…

“Even if I wanted to go my SCHEDULE Wouldn’t allow it! One o’clock, Wallow in self pity Four thirty, Stare into the abyss Five o’clock, Solve world hunger; Tell no one Five thirty, Jazzercise Six thirty, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again! Seven o’clock, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked!” ~The Grinch Even […]

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Walking Away for Fresh Air, Fresh Perspective

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ― John Muir ♦♦♦ The photo still leaves me feeling a mixture of emotions. I was six years old. I was walking up the driveway toward the road in front of our […]

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What Happens to You?

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” —Anne Lamott ♦♦♦ Fielding questions about problems on a website, I have a list of tasks I normally ask people. Did you make sure you were logged in? Did you clear the cache on your browser? My final question is, […]

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More than Scraps

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe…” ~ Albert Einstein They were just scraps. Most people would have thrown them away. She kept them and created beautiful quilts. I met Barbara in the laundry room where my mother lives. As she told me the story of her quilting ministry, […]

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