If You’re Happy and You Know It…

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossoms.” ~ Marcel Proust ♦♦♦ Looking back at old photos, the discussion turned to the woman who had done so much for everyone there. She had been the one to show up with a hot meal, […]

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Time to Think

“silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” ― Rumi Standing at the podium in front of his adoring fans, the man began to speak as he had so many times before. The room grew still as he stood saying nothing. Once a great speaker, the man had suffered a stroke and now […]

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The Power of the Pen (or pencil)

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~ Marcus Aurelius *** Coming down early in the morning, I would usually find my mother sitting at the kitchen table writing in her calendar book. She had a separate place in which she […]

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Hashtag My Favorite Meds

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ~Seneca Palm open in the photo, the person showed several different pills, many different colors. It was the words beneath the photo that caught my attention. The individual wrote how much she didn’t want to take those pills, but how taking the pills allowed her to […]

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Teach Me, Shape Me

When I had my first voice lesson I was 15 years old. And I had a really good teacher. This is what made all the difference. A good teacher will teach you the technique, but also how to listen to your voice. ~Cecilia Bartoli Opening the brown paper bag when I left the school, I […]

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Love Nature More

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. ~Lord Byron Cracking the window, the smell washed over me. It wasn’t an offensive scent, as a […]

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The Power of Norms and Stigma

“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love Taken aback by the kind gesture of the employee, the manager had warm tears welling up in his otherwise icy eyes. Was it possible, she thought, that he was human? Zeus was written to have cried tears of blood, […]

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To be a Spoke

Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.    ~ Deborah Day It was a used Pacific bike, and for $10, it was the perfect answer to his getting to his new job. The people at his […]

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Charity begins…with you

“There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.” ― Theodore Roosevelt Long before the Democrats and Republicans of today’s society in the United States (and the […]

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Letting Go to Look Ahead

“There are far better things ahead than any we may leave behind.” ~C.S. Lewis Rose told Jack that she would never let go of his hand in Titanic, Randall loosens his glove to keep Fisher from having to hold on to him in The Guardian, and Tyler Durden brings home a most difficult idea of […]

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