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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Those Leaves

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. ~Virginia Satir It was hard work — I mowed the yard, blew all of the leaves covering the driveway into a pile, and took them away. That driveway was so clean […]

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It’s About the Story

“The soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it, then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these — that where a man can live, there – if he will – he can also live well.” ~Marcus Aurelius Using the pit of the avocado, yarn or fabric can be dyed various shades of peachy […]

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Power Up!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou I gave it away again. I didn’t want or even mean to give it away. It just happened. Just a kid the first time I gave it away, […]

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Speak Softly

“Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far.” ~Theodore Roosevelt   Do you ever raise your voice? There are people who are always loud talkers, and there are times of excitement when everyone’s voice tends to be elevated — seeing an old friend, getting good news, or seeing a mouse. There are […]

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