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A note to Sally

October 31, 2015

“Destiny, if I could sit across the porch from God, I’d thank him for lending me you.” Flavia Weedn

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A mother’s love

October 31, 2015

“I wish to carry you, just like this.  On my back, skin to skin, so tight no breeze will whisper through. I will gladly take you on my back, and walk, and walk, and walk—through meadows, and snow, and fallen leaves, through oceans.  I will hum you songs, you will play with my hair, and […]

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Dreams

October 31, 2015

What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed and what if in your dreams you went to heaven and there you plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then? –Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Beautiful

October 31, 2015

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have tasted defeat, experienced suffering, endured struggle, faced loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not […]

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Stairway to Heaven

October 31, 2015

If tears could build a stair way and memories a lane, I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say “Goodbye”. You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart still aches with sadness, and secret tears still […]

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Heart and Soul

October 31, 2015

“When you speak from your heart the words that only your soul has dared to whisper, that’s when miracles happen.” Flavia Weedn

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Gabi

October 30, 2015

She just turned 83 this week and loves bridge, bowling, and bagels. For the longest time when she was a youngster, she wondered about her name.  Her parents said that  ‘Gabi’ was chosen because it would grow in significance as the years passed by. They told her that it did not stand for Gabriela and […]

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Happy Feet

October 30, 2015

“I do practice self compassion, quite often.  I find it does bring me out of the initial “oh s..t” circuit  when I realize I’ve forgotten something essential for the next thing to happen, or I’ve mis-judged, or made the wrong call.  Then I try to practice what neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer’s advice, “Turn every regrettable […]

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Belief

October 30, 2015

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us there is something valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals our human spirit.” e.e. cummings

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Destiny

October 30, 2015

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever […]

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I See a Future

October 29, 2015

I see a future of possibility where magical moments are strung together like pearls on a string.  Can you see it too?  If you could view this world through my eyes……you would be filled with awe and wonder and might realize how precious every single second is.  Hope to meet you one day when I am nominated […]

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The eyes have it

October 29, 2015

It’s no coincidence that anger is just one letter short of danger. Anonymous

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Pugsy

October 29, 2015

When Sally was growing up in Dayton, Ohio, her family had a dog named Pugsy.  When I showed her this picture, she said it looked just like him.  I mentioned that he seems to look a bit sad.  She said, ‘No, he was really the happiest of pets and had this infectious energy that the […]

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Thunder & Lightning

October 29, 2015

“It is not light that we need but fire;  it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.  We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. Frederick Dougles Madison and a very young cowboy were amazed this summer.  One of the sudden storms swept over the mountains west of Denver and in minutes lighting was […]

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Love

October 29, 2015

“Your love……spurs faith and hope in me!” Hillsong If I have no other qualities, I can succeed with love alone.  Without it I will fail even though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.” Og Mandino

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Gratitude

October 29, 2015

Prayer…..and the desire to be in that quiet communion each day…..might just be the tonic for the tough times.   How easy the excuse that there wasn’t enough time. Stillness……that sacred place where we are gently reminded that there really is so much to be thankful for. Anonymous

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Emma

October 29, 2015

They seemed to begin in the fifth grade.  The cliques where kids were ostracized for reasons yet unknown.  I guess if you queried them the cool kids would cite one reason or another that they shunned her.  Maybe it was because she was more attractive……or smart…..or that the best looking boys were always walking her to […]

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Contagious Enthusiasm

October 29, 2015

They are easy to spot…..these optimists.  There is a pep in their step and a gleam in their eyes.  She is like a magnet that attracts all the good the world has to offer.  Waking early with a song in her heart, she strides confidently through each day.  Life is one adventure after another with […]

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Heaven

October 29, 2015

When Carly was an infant, she would often fall asleep on my shoulder .  Looking back, it was a heaven on earth experience if there ever was one.  I would turn to Sally and say, “I C B W.”  It could be worse……and it could not get any better than that.

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The Mentor

October 28, 2015

Sean wears many hats.  Son, brother, uncle, husband, father, executive, and friend. When he and Sarah had Emily, he also became a provider and protector……and, he thought,a mentor.  It was shortly after her third birthday that he learned that she was the mentor. She taught him about trust and forgiveness and positivity.  Emily mentored him […]