Category: Parts of Speech

Alternative promises for Lent

“Thank you, Ben and Jerry’s, for releasing your newest ice cream The Tonight Dough starring Jimmy Fallon…just in time for Lent.” —JIMMY FALLON, THANK-YOU NOTES My last Lent give-up attempt was a neglected New Year’s resolution. Everybody deserves a second chance, but I don’t feel completely comfortable with recycling failed resolutions into a Lenten sacrifice. So instead, I have simply […]

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Valentine’s Day: how sweet it is

In 270 A.D., the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young battle-worthy males because he believed married men made second-rate soldiers. He wanted a land full of fighters, not lovers. A born romantic turned bishop named Valentine believed that marriage was intended by God and refused to obey this law. To aide in continuing this natural process, he continued […]

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If things go according to plan

Oh, my God, my thirties blew! Forties are great. —JENNIFER ANISTON Is it right to begin anything with the words “if all goes according to plan?” Saying that implies control. Whose plan? I read an opinion piece from the New York Times with that intro called, “What You Learn in Your 40s,” written by a woman approaching her 44th birthday. […]

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Change of scenery was helpful

“I’ve been thinking ‘bout catching a train. Leave my phone machine by the radar range. Hello it’s me, I’m not at home. If you’d like to reach me, leave me alone. A change would do you good…a change would do you good.” —SHERYL CROW My kids and I took a short vacation to Nebraska last year. We went for a […]

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Little mouths with big ideas

“My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo while I asked, “No, how are we alike?” You’re both old,” he replied.” —ANONYMOUS FROM IZQUOTES.COM If having an elementary-aged kid has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t predict what will come from little mouths. […]

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‘Real’ Christmas starts at home

“Christmas, more than any other day in the American year, is when we’re all handed the same stage props, the same tree, the presents, the meal, the relatives, and all the same expectations. And then we all try to create more or less the same kind of day.” —IRA GLASS I grew up in a Catholic home, in a family […]

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Christmas is holiday heaven

“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who’re in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.” —DR. SEUSS Someone once said, “Life’s too short to worry about wearing matching socks.” My 9-year-old knows this. I’ve decided it’s also too short to […]

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Live with more white space

“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” —St. Frances de Salas In print ad design, the goal is to get the point across with a creative layout and minimal words. The natural tendency is to fill every inch of free space with some kind of detail because to […]

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Here’s a novel idea for 30 days

“You spend a lot of your life having people tell you to follow your passion. It’s nice advice…if you happen to have one that is very clear and obvious. But what happens if you don’t have an easily identifiable passion…. Passion is rare…passion is hot, it burns. Every day, you can’t access that. Follow your curiosity. It might lead you […]

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More than one kind of sleaze

“Set the stage. Start making noises that the opponent is a big spender or a hypocrite before dropping the big bomb. Set the bomb off early. The closer to election day a negative attack is made, the less credibility it has.” —CompleteCampaigns.com, Setting the new standard Sorting through papers on my table the other day, I flipped between the mail […]

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