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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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those unexpected moments

“Why not seize the pleasure at once? —How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” ~Jane Austen There was a job in the next state that offered more security, better benefits, more time at home with the family, and a shorter commute to work. Why didn’t she explore the possibilities? Why not at least interview […]

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What’s Important?

“Make room for the real important stuff.” —Tigger” Helping my mother move this week, my thought process hasn’t been what it normally might be. The question of the importance of the people and things in our lives seems paramount to talk about with you over anything else. What is it that occupies your time? What have […]

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That Splinter

“As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.” ~Irish Proverb Hands washed. Needle and sharp tweezers sterilized. Brown Bottle ready to pour. Magnifying glass nearby. Good lighting available. Ointment at hand. So begins surgery when I decide to operate on myself. Splinters. I dread it getting […]

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After the Honeymoon

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” ― Thomas A. Edison Standing in the church of my childhood, I made a vow to love and honor this guy I had known for almost 18 months for the rest of our lives. I was 23 years old […]

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Step One

“The first step is always the hardest” ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever There is just nothing quite like a new journal. If you’ve never been a journaler, maybe it’s easier for you to appreciate the feeling of a new package of notebook paper — opening the plastic, straightening the pieces of paper, and clasping them […]

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Endings

There´s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall And the bells in the steeple too And up in the nursery an absurd little bird Is popping out to say “cuckoo”  ~Oscar Hammerstein II   It’s been a little less than four years since a news editor at the Daily News Journal […]

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Shedding the Skin that No Longer Fits

The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come… We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.– Joseph Campbell A lawyer in New Orleans took his family to a small town in North Carolina as temporary […]

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Right Under Your Nose

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust Oh, to travel! With a passport in my pocket, I’m ready to see the world — maybe travel to Stonehenge or to see the Eiffel Tower. With so many amazing attractions throughout the world, a person […]

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On a scale of 0 – 10…It’s just not all about you

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” ― Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness It’s going to be “the best ever!” — the best birthday, best Christmas, best dinner, best party, and you are likely to have the best nervous breakdown trying while you’re […]

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