Category: Parts of Speech

Event offers boost for reading

“I grew up loving books. In today’s digital world, it’s more important than ever to know how it feels to have a good book in your hands. I’m thrilled to be part of World Book Night. People who read are people who dream, and we connect through the stories we live and tell and read.” —Amy Poehler The first book […]

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Yes, take the road less traveled

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain There are scientifically proven (they must be!) articles on the benefits of travel. They […]

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Ordinary in a special way

“You know, I always thought I was gonna be, I don’t know, special. But I’m not. I’m just an ordinary person. And that’s OK. Because you make me special.” — “Hope Floats” Throughout my adult years of decision-making I’ve said yes a lot. To paintballing, tomato plant starters, a lab puppy, one drink too many, infomercials, a couple pairs of […]

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No sense letting beauty waste

“There’s no sense letting all this beauty go to waste.” —Beauty, The Sun Magazine, issue 417 I used to watch a home design show called “Blank Canvas.” The idea was whitewashing an entire house interior to create a blank canvas, then bringing colors back in that suit the personalities and styles of each family member. When you start with a […]

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Recording a tale as old as time

“Ever just the same, ever a surprise. Ever as before, ever just as sure. As the sun will rise, tale as old as time. Tune as old as song, bitter sweet and strange…. Certain as the sun rising in the east.” —“Tale As Old As Time” One evening, idling at the Wendy’s drive-thru, my daughter and I saw an elderly […]

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Obsessions change, not need

“I am all the ages I’ve ever been.” —Anne Lamott Sometimes the unlikeliest pair can make a powerful force. As people tend to do with books and music, I might stumble across an author or musician that hits a nerve (quotes and lyrics tend to run along the same nerves) and hold on, reading and listening to everything I can […]

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Oh to be curled up and clueless

“As women get older, they get sadder.” —Marcus Bucking­ham, from his article, “What’s Happening to Women’s Happiness?” There is a reason we’re always almost out of toilet paper at my house. It’s a condition and there’s a name for it. I’m an “under-buyer.” This makes me feel better somehow. This means I put off buying necessary things until the very […]

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My evolving grown-up list

“Do you remember me; I sat upon your knee. I wrote to you with childhood fantasies. Well, I’m all grown up now and still need help somehow. I’m not a child but my heart still can dream…. So here’s my lifelong wish, my grown-up Christmas list…. What is this illusion called the innocence of youth? Maybe only in our blind […]

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Coat it with chocolate…twice

“Sometimes love don’t feel like it should, you make it hurt so good….” —John Mellencamp Ironically, as I write this, I’m recovering from a whimsical “goodies by pound” purchase this weekend. For charity, so I am trying to let it slide. Or it could be the handfuls of Chex mix I’m recovering from. Or maybe the chocolate-chip ice cream 10 […]

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No apology for seasonal swag

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” —Edna Ferber The demons have been haunting me successfully for about 10 days now. I can’t say I haven’t encouraged them by my own reckless behavior. I knew I shouldn’t have opened that door. But the temptation overtook me, along with my imagination fueled by history and memories. And Hallmark. Hallmark, oh Hallmark. […]

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