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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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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