Notes from a Marine

Every now and then, it is a treat to share a little of my daddy’s memories of being in Korea.  Today is Veteran’s Day, a good day to honor him. From John Allen Black, Reflections of a Marine (Korea 1951-1953)   Boot Camp… The second day at Boot Camp, I happened to overhear a conversation […]

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Crazy Little Thing Called Life

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. ~Wayne Dyer With 993 MILLION results on Google about “The Purpose of Life”, it is a sure thing that we are a world of thinking people who want to live for […]

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Love and happiness make up life’s lessons

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” — Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land Moving from the home you’ve known, whether for one year or 60, to a new place must be something akin to the experience of the character in Heinlein’s “Stranger,” a […]

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Freedom through Empowerment, a Gift

“Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story, and it’s time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.” ― Bill Moyers In the Nancy Drew mystery series, Nancy always happened upon a great opportunity for an investigation that required her to be cunning, aware and […]

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Picturing courtesy

“We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson “I want to look just like your picture of me,” she said. Smoothing a few wrinkles, removing a temporary blemish, and adding some light where there […]

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Life, at any age, matters

Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid. — Albert Schweitzer It was incredibly humbling. I’ve made time for many things and many people, but I had overlooked a friend who really mattered to me. What could I say other than I was sorry that I hadn’t done better? You don’t even […]

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Secrets eat away good and leave destruction behind

“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.” ― Cassandra Clare, “Clockwork Prince” From museums to television shows and  from boardrooms to bedrooms, secrets are controlling the actions of people every day. Many things in life might be out of our control, […]

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Learning for Life

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! The announcement for an event called the Polyglot Conference popped onto my screen, and I was really intrigued.  “Polyglot” was a word I didn’t know, and I […]

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Shift into Success

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. — Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning Actor Jim Carrey was 15 years old when he found himself in a situation where he was supporting his family while they lived in a van. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was 39, he developed polio, and his partial […]

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X Marks the Spot

“There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” — Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” Good enough is OK for some things, but when it comes to my health, good enough just doesn’t work for me. Feeling a little […]

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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…