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A mixed bag

May 30, 2016

One of my neighbors used to have a beautiful tree in her front yard. Her Dad had planted it for her when it was nothing more than a twig and for years it seemed to barely grow at all. Yet, after a time it started to shoot towards the sky with amazing speed. Soon it […]

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If

May 30, 2016

Obstacles are like wild animals They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. Orison Swett Marden

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Hold on

May 30, 2016

We said we’d walk together baby come what may That come the twilight should we lose our way If as we’re walking a hand should slip free I’ll wait for you And should I fall behind Wait for me We swore we’d travel darlin’ side by side We’d help each other stay in stride But […]

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Life lessons

May 30, 2016

I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help. I’ve learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains. I’ve learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. I’ve learned that you […]

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Perspective

May 30, 2016

Ed Wright is an avid tennis player who, at age 77, teamed with son Jody in our Saturday morning doubles league. Last fall, Ed was stricken with what he calls, “the Whammo.” His doctors call it a spinal stroke and Ed is being treated at the Craig Rehab Center in Denver. Recently, we received an […]

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Invaluable

May 30, 2016

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a twenty dollars bill. In the room of two hundred people, he asked, “Who would like this twenty dollars bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this twenty dollars bill to one of you. But first, let me do […]

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Possibilities

May 30, 2016

Some people get stuck on the word IMPOSSIBLE while others embrace I’M POSSIBLE

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No complaints

May 30, 2016

Thom Ortiz was the very successful Arizona State University wrestling coach. One morning, he arrived at his office and received an e-mail which read, “I’m on my way to work, driving down Rural Road, thinking about how much pressure I’m under, and how tough I have it, and there’s a bunch of wrestlers running on […]

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Cash McCoy

May 30, 2016

Once upon a time there was cowboy who used to be very tall. Slowly, very slowly, he seemed to shrink a bit over time. Oh sure…..his wife and children looked up to him….but things were changing. Cowboy Bob now needed a small step ladder to mount his horse named Ranger. One day, he had just […]

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Focus

May 30, 2016

Imagine you are set point down in a long rally. You are fighting, trying to stay in the set with everything you have. Then your opponent hits a cross-court backhand off the net cord. You watch the ball pop in the air and land on your side. Despite your best efforts, you are now a […]

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Blessed

May 30, 2016

It was one of those moments when you are overwhelmed with the feeling of being blessed. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was raking leaves on the front lawn. Their colors—-yellow, red, and orange—-blended together perfectly. I marveled at the colors , and then I looked up and saw my two –year-old daughter’s face […]

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Simplicity

May 30, 2016

“I don’t believe in frettin’ and grievin’ Why mess around with strife. I never was cut out to step and strut out. Give me the simple life… A cottage small is all I’m after Not one that’s spacious & wide A house that rings with joy and laughter And the ones you love inside. Some […]

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Love

May 30, 2016

What do I love? I love my little brother Tommy. I love my mom and dad and….as you can see, the color red. I love pancakes and s’mores and trips to the zoo. I love playing in the leaves and the bedtime stories told by my dad. If you want to know the truth, I […]

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The good life

May 29, 2016

Sometimes it takes a wake-up call, doesn’t it, to alert us to the fact that we’re hurrying through our lives instead of actually living them; that we’re living the fast life instead of the good life. And I think, for many people, that wake-up call takes the form of an illness. Carl Honore

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Drama

May 29, 2016

There are those who seem to thrive on drama. They play the role of the agitator with the demeanor of an alligator.

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Job #1

May 29, 2016

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll

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Humor

May 29, 2016

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. William Arthur Ward

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God Bless

May 29, 2016

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! Katharine Lee Bates

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Aaaahhhh

May 29, 2016

The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. Wallace Stevens

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Heaven

May 29, 2016

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. Jules Renard