Category: Parts of Speech

Growth is never-ending effort

“Falling is an expected part of the process… adults learning something new should not expect to succeed immediately. Falling is part of what makes us human. Striving to grow and change…is a never ending process.” —JEFF ADAMS I remember lying in the hospital room after my first daughter was born. In between night feedings, the nurses had, at my request, […]

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Purpose for every stage and age

“There is no other time in a woman’s life when she needs to be quite as smart as when she is looking after young children.”—KATHERINE ELLISON, AUTHOR/JOURNALIST This column was originally published in Septem­ber 2009, when my oldest daughter was in fifth grade. It seemed appropriate to repeat it as my youngest heads into fifth grade this year. Their math […]

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Get the most out of your day?

“Daily routine: Wake up. Be fabulous all day. Go back to bed.” —ILIKEITFUNNY.COM Sometimes you stumble across an idea that makes you go “a-ha!” I did this, and then in typical fashion, proceeded to beat it death. The idea was a blog post titled, “Make Your Bed (Plus six other things you should do every day).” I’m all for checking […]

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A window on life and dreams

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life—dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” —NARENDRA NATH DATTA I’m about to confess something that is part sad, part silly. I’m […]

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Slow time: do something new

“Time is a very misleading thing.” —GEORGE HARRISON There’s a countdown happening in a small square on the bottom left corner of our kitchen whiteboard. Last time I remember looking, the number was 47. This box, updated daily by someone in this house, shows how many days until a concert coming up this summer. My kids seem to like this […]

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Protecting your down time

“I want summer to feel like summer again…. Unfettered by adults’ fears. Unshackled from adults’ expectations. Feel to play—yes, even as teenagers—free to live their own lives and learn something about who they are, and who they hope to be… in an afternoon that would turn into evening, with little regard for bedtime or what was on the schedule for […]

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Taking a selfie for a good cause

Selfie (n): A picture taken of a person by that person. There’s no escaping it is there? Selfies. They are a fact of life. Personally, I’m slightly uncomfortable even saying the word. I don’t like the reverse option on my phone’s camera any more than I like the prospect of FaceTime for an average phone call. A voice phone call, […]

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Sensing ‘the power of action’

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” —ERNEST HEMINGWAY It’s been called many things. Karma. Seren­dipity. Fate. Coinci­dence. Person­ally, I prefer “the power of action.” I don’t know how common this is, if I’m one of a million more people who find things at the exact moment I need them, […]

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Casting an essay into the hat

“If I’d danced with the Shadow, who knows? Maybe others would’ve joined us. Maybe they would’ve danced their hearts out, thanked us for getting them up on their feet and vowed they’d never forget us.” —SHARON RANDALL In western Maine on a piece of ground among 12 acres sits a picturesque 210-year-old New England bed and breakfast serving its guests […]

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Luck doesn’t explain success

“I would wish you luck, but I believe luck is a concept invented by the weak to explain their failures.” —Ron Swanson, “Parks & Recreation” According to C. Hope Clark, a novelist and blogger from South Carolina, “If something isn’t working for you, it isn’t friggin’ luck. It’s you needing to do more.” She is excellent at writing editorials in […]

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