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Being a Kid Again

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky Sitting in the waiting room full of very serious adults, many anxious about the meeting they would be having with the doctor, the small child burst with a sound. My first reaction was to hold my breath, uncertain of whether it was a laugh or […]

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Words – the Power in their Presence and in their Absence

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. The girls in the group were speaking in whispers about one of their friends. “I heard she…” And so began the denigration of one person’s character and reputation. Her best friend was standing […]

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Giving Means Showing Up

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet They scrubbed the profanity off the wall left by vandals. She collected bags of trash alongside the road. He cooked a feast for the people with no meal of their own. […]

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Giving out of Your Excess

“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” ~Lao Tzu “For those who don’t know, we save our spare change all year long then combine it and cash it in. Then we pick a restaurant that’s open on Christmas Eve. […]

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A Lasting Touch

“The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 His smile was evident behind the voice on the phone. We were having […]

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IMPACT is the word

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.  Jane Goodall Sitting in the coffee shop enjoying a quiet moment before the day really begins, I notice the way the […]

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The Last Letter

“Dear folks, Well you can just call me lucky, for at about 2:30 today I became a United States Marine.” The box is full of letters from a Marine to his family waiting at home in the early 1950’s. All these years later, the handwritten letters are treasured more than any store-bought item sent from abroad could […]

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Ditch the Eraser

I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life’s experiences, bad and good make you who you are. Erasing any of life’s experiences would be a great mistake. ~Luis Miguel   The two blue lines with the dashed red line between them contained words from another […]

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The Gift of Life

“Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.” ~Henry Melvill Do you have your wish list ready? It’s the holiday season, and even people who aren’t religious often exchange gifts and […]

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What are your moments?

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten” ― Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand: Diaries, 1935-1950 Remember that time… It’s my favorite line from spending a few months with a good friend driving to small communities every day, and it’s a line I often use when I […]

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