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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Writing My Own Ending

“Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver ♦♦♦ “Molly, I want to write about obituaries. I mean, I love words, and I think obituaries are a great opportunity […]

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Paying it Forward

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” — Maya Angelou ♦♦♦ “Excuse me, could I save you some money?” A little unsure of the man approaching me, I hesitated. “No, I want to give you some points to use on your gas.” 15 gallons later, I had paid a mere $7.35 to fill my […]

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Pillow Talk

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” ― Charlotte Brontë ♦♦♦ 50-70 million people (in the United States) share a common problem. Companies in America lose more than $60 billion each year because of employees with the problem. Several hundred thousand driving accidents occur each year because drivers have the problem. “Do you ever sleep?” […]

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The Load is Heavy when the Support is Light

“It is easy to tell the toiler How best he can carry his pack But no one can rate a burden’s weight Until it has been on his back” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox “How are you?” I asked. Fine, she answered. Clearly, she was not fine. Her eyes were red, she looked like she hadn’t […]

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To See Through the Eyes of Another

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck ♦♦♦ “You don’t qualify. Next.” But… “You’ll need to contact your provider. Next.” The exchange of words between the woman and the patient found me with a knot in my throat as I listened. The tone of her voice was not […]

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This December is Gonna be Different

We survived the holidays, brought out a few ornaments, and enjoyed the people we love the most. I hope you have been able to find joy in this season of odd emotions. ~ Susan “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and […]

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Finding the Courage to Face a Fear

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Twelve steps or three leaps. That’s how […]

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Step into the Kitchen

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl Maybe we can meet for lunch. Would you like to get together for coffee? Do you have plans for dinner? So many things in my life revolve around a meal, a beverage, a table with other people. Is […]

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Giving and Receiving…it all starts with your heart

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we’re never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.” ~ Brené Brown He was quick to fend off any offers of assistance. He was a pretty healthy fella, after all, especially for […]

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