Category: Parts of Speech

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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It takes effort to do nothing

“The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.” —ELIZABETH GILBERT This is a saga about my kitchen floor. It’s overly dramatic as my kitchen floor has no real relevance to relevant things. But against my own nature, it […]

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Sometimes it takes a nudge

“The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest or at the very least are better than the choices that would be made by someone else.” —EXCERPT FROM “NUDGE” BY RICHARD H. THALER Experiments on human behavior are in full force inside stalls of the men’s restroom at […]

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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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