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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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Step into the Kitchen

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl Maybe we can meet for lunch. Would you like to get together for coffee? Do you have plans for dinner? So many things in my life revolve around a meal, a beverage, a table with other people. Is […]

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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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Willing to Change? Then Do It!

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “It will take a long time, it’s not overnight, but if you’ll add a sardine to your diet each morning at breakfast, you will get rid of the pain,” the doctor told the man. With joint pain […]

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A Little Good News

“One more sad story’s one more than I can stand Just once how I’d like to see the headline say “Not much to print today, can’t find nothin’ bad to say” ~ Rory Michael Bourke, Charlie Black, Tommy Rocco Good Morning! On my walk… The bluebirds were flying between the field and a fence, eating worms […]

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Treasure the Ordinary

“Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe You hurry to look at the sunset announced by someone standing at the window. Remarkable in its beauty, this setting sun of oranges and reds mixed with purple hues […]

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Packing Your Bags for a New Year

“What you leave behind says as much about you as what you bring along.” ― Jacquelyn Middleton, London Belongs to Me It is difficult to not get caught up in the excitement of how to make a new year better, especially if the year before held a lot of sad moments. Either way, it’s here. A year […]

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Give It Just a Little More Time

“My father had warned me, “Don’t babble. Don’t bray. For you never can tell who might hear what you say.” My father had warned me, “Boy button your lip.” And I guess that I should have.  I made a bad slip.” ~Steak for Supper, Dr. Seuss Why didn’t we wait? What was the hurry? Pressing […]

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Are You Committed?

“Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” ~Andy Andrews Being an available wife, mother, daughter, friend Saving the monarchs and the bees Walking, feeding, loving our dog Writing at least one hand-written letter […]

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Living Beyond Balance

“I don’t like the word ‘balance.’ To me, that somehow conjures up conflict between work and family… as long as we think of these things as conflicting, we will never have happiness. True happiness comes from integration… of work, family, self, community.” Padmasree Warrior Balance is necessary in so many places, isn’t it?  I’ve been […]

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Thoughts to Encourage

Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.~ William Butler Yeats

Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right. - Henry Ford

The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~ Theodore N. Vail

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing helps like a good nap…

Birds are Beautiful

A Dog is Faithful…