“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 The morning was one not easily forgotten. Standing at the back door, my husband yelled into the house for me to come outside with a towel or paper towels. He sounded more urgent […]

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Plans and Projects

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Hopping into the car, I start merrily on my way early in the morning. I notice the yellow light begins flashing — a reminder that I am almost out of gas. There is a long drive ahead of me, and it’s below […]

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The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success. ~ Jack Canfield Not wanting to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, I will simply say that I was pretty […]

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Framing Life like a Picture

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”~Charles Kettering   Sitting on the branch, the little bird was busy pecking at the sunflower he had pulled from the feeder. Using the surrounding branches to frame him, I was able to draw the eye of the person viewing the photograph directly to the […]

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Sometimes, You Need a Spark

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” — Samuel Ullman Once upon a time, a young teenager fell in love — with computers. It was his enthusiasm and passion that made an […]

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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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You’re So Funny and Not Funny at All

“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones If you’ve ever eaten at a Thai restaurant, you’ve probably been asked after ordering your food, “How spicy do you want that?” My answer is almost always the same, “Just enough to let me know it’s there, but not enough […]

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Radically Renew Your Life!

Perhaps the earth can teach us As when everything seems dead And later proves to be alive.  —Pablo Neruda The monkey grass looks dead with its brown edges. The butterfly bush finally seems to have seen the last bit of life, offering no more protection to the birds who hid among the dying blossoms and […]

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Whistle and Work While you Wait

“Things may come to those who wait, but only things left by those who hustle.” ~Abraham LIncoln Cars not moving at a green light A drink to be prepared at the coffee shop The dog to do his business when you walk him People talking in public on their cell phone to hang up Friends who […]

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Working on Self-Improvement? Be a better listener!

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ~Stephen Covey Have you spent much time around small children?  It only takes one momentary slip of a ‘bad’ word or a story you’d rather not have repeated to your friends to discover that some of the best […]

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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…