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Words – the Power in their Presence and in their Absence

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. The girls in the group were speaking in whispers about one of their friends. “I heard she…” And so began the denigration of one person’s character and reputation. Her best friend was standing […]

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Giving Means Showing Up

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet They scrubbed the profanity off the wall left by vandals. She collected bags of trash alongside the road. He cooked a feast for the people with no meal of their own. […]

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IMPACT is the word

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.  Jane Goodall Sitting in the coffee shop enjoying a quiet moment before the day really begins, I notice the way the […]

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The Gift of Life

“Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.” ~Henry Melvill Do you have your wish list ready? It’s the holiday season, and even people who aren’t religious often exchange gifts and […]

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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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Stand Still So Life Won’t Pass You By

“There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing that is harder to learn.” ― Seneca The large clumps of Maiden Grass were waving from the landscaping of the service station, catching my eye as I sat at the traffic light. It struck me how they drew me in without […]

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and we cry

“There are three things we cry for in life: things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent.”  ― Douglas Coupland The little boy fell, began to whimper, and then was caught by his father’s eye. There was so much said in that silent glance, and the little boy stood up and […]

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Won’t You Please, Please Help Me?

“Help! I need somebody Help! Not just anybody Help! You know I need someone Help!” ~ John Lennon / Paul Mccartney Watching the woman struggle with what was obviously too many items, I wondered if I should get a cart for her. The voice in my head argued with me, “No, she is an adult and […]

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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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Embracing our Differences

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The child stared at the man who looked so […]

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