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Potential

June 30, 2016

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. Og Mandino

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Aaaahhhh

June 30, 2016

Maybe we too have special angels who cradle our heads when sleep rules the night. Perhaps they help banish all worries and doubts and gently remind us that faith conquers fear.

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The power of praise

June 28, 2016

Heisman trophy winner Danny Wuerffel tells the story of a voice he heard throughout his whole life. He heard it in first grade when he was trying to win a race. “You’re the fastest boy in the grade, Danny!” the voice said. He won. He heard it in the third grade as he turned his […]

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Heaven

June 28, 2016

‘You ought to leave a little heaven behind everywhere you go.’ From the female elders of Sean Gonsalves’ church

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Grateful

June 28, 2016

How could we be anything but grateful? Grateful for her life, her love, and the memories that will last a lifetime How could we be anything but hopeful? Buoyed by her fortitude and faith the faith now rewarded with joy everlasting How could we be anything but thankful? Thankful for another day to share her […]

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Invincible

June 27, 2016

I close my eyes and see you on your best day when the passion pours from you and you’re unstoppable The day when you look in the mirror and see no trace of fear because you’re unbeatable I close my eyes and see you leave a bag at the curb the one filled with needless […]

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If only

June 27, 2016

I’d see you in the lunchroom sitting by yourself and think there must be some reason you chose to sit alone I was too busy laughing and clowning to see the despair written on your face If only I’d have looked closer to see the hurt you couldn’t hide maybe my heart would felt compassion […]

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One brave soul

June 27, 2016

The sidewalks were sizzling as the temperature climbed above one hundred People flooded to ice cream parlors….. movie theatres….and the library to find relief from the heat I had just pushed the down button on the elevator at Koelbel library when a woman in her seventies entered the front door She was assisted by a […]

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The Whippersnapper

June 27, 2016

She was a youngster around Five or six. Freckles, blonde hair and sneakers… The girl seemed innocent with no hint of malice or disrespect. Some friends have mentioned that she said it in fun and that I shouldn’t have panicked or come undone. But I ask you…..how do you manage a smile When she asks […]

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Gone but not forgotten

June 27, 2016

Our brother Chris has been gone for more than twenty years. I miss him today as The 4th. of July approaches. I miss his zany sense of humor and the devilish twinkle in his eye. Chris was clearly the most fun-loving of the five boys in our family. You would have loved him in minutes […]

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Drama king

June 27, 2016

Kevin bolted through the back door and said….’Oh my, he’s really losing it!’ A 12 year old boy in the sectional tournament was instructed to exit the tennis court with his opponent because rain had made the surface dangerous. Kevin said the pampered little tyrant was berating the official who had made the right call […]

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Friends

June 27, 2016

True friends are doorways to our souls, and loving friends are the grasses that soften the world. It is no accident that the German root of friendship means “place of high safety.” This safety opens us to God. As Cicero said, “A friend is a second self.” And, as Saint Martin said, “My friends are […]

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Fire

June 26, 2016

There is in every woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. Washington Irving

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Compassion

June 25, 2016

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom. Rumi

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Hang on

June 25, 2016

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Barriers

June 25, 2016

There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy. Albert Ellis

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The dream

June 23, 2016

Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art. Don Miguel Ruiz

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Imagine

June 23, 2016

Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the […]

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No way!

June 23, 2016

‘What do you mean….they are out of cookies and cream? This is really unfair.’

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Bye bye blues

June 23, 2016

Kyle was just laid off from a sales job he loved. He and Jenny have been struggling to keep up with expenses as her salary is just enough to get by. When Kyle begins feeling blue, Jeremy and Jacob are right beside him. ‘Life is good,’ he realizes as his two sons are the most […]