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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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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Freedom Begins at the Bottom

“And the turtles, of course…all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.” ― Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories ♦♦♦   Holding the little lightning bug in her cupped hands, she waited for the glowing to happen again. It was such a spectacular sight to see the lights popping up […]

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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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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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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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