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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Seeing Things Your Way

“But the little boy said There are so many colors in the rainbow So many colors in the morning sun So many colors in the flower and I see every one.” ~Harry Chapin   The jar of colored pencils delights my eyes. I keep them where I can see them because they serve as a […]

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Feeling Empty

“Become totally empty. Quiet the restlessness of the mind. Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness.” Lao Tzu ♦♦♦ I am afraid of being empty. I am afraid of not having something of value to share this week. It has been filling my mind every moment I”m not working on something else. For […]

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A Horse of a Different Color

“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” ~Atticus, To Kill a Mockingbird The man stood at […]

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How to Lend that Helping Hand

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” ~ Horace Mann ♦♦♦ Walking down the aisle of the grocery, I noticed the older gentleman looking at an item clearly out of reach from where he sat in his chair. While my instinct is to jump to help, I’ve learned it isn’t always appreciated, so […]

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The Value of the Valley

“What stands in the way becomes the way.”  ~Marcus Aurelius ♦♦♦ Standing on the hillside, she could see a very long distance. In fact, she could see another hill just across the way. Low and behold, there was the building she was trying to reach. Wrong hill. Or was it? Between this hill and that […]

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Taste and See — Life is Good

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt ♦♦♦ The call came, “Hey! I’ve ended up with two extra tickets to a great show. I know it’s last minute, but do you want to […]

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