Category: Parts of Speech

Gung-ho easier said than run

“These motivational tapes have really inspired me! I’m going to make a million dollars, buy my own company and retire early. Then, I’m going to write a novel and a symphony and give all the profits to charity. Then next month, I’ll figure out how to do it.” —Randy Glassbergen, cartoonist & illustrator You know how gung-ho feels? That stimulating […]

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Learn from ‘important’ tools

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…. There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…. All you need is love…love is all you need.” —The Beatles Holidays are spaced out deliberately, I […]

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Simple things can be critical

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things…. Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Silver white winters that melt into springs. These are a few of my favorite things. […]

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Love will bring us back around

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…. There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…. All you need is love…love is all you need.” —The Beatles Holidays are spaced out deliberately, I […]

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Holidays are a changin’ too

“Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown…. As the present now will soon be the past…for the times they are a changin’.” —Bob Dylan All of us are poster children for the phrase “the times they are a changin’.” Many years ago, in loaves and fish fashion, my parents fit 10 […]

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It’s OK to be an irrational fan

“A true definition of a fan to me is no matter what your record is and how you’re doing, they’re supportive of your team. That’s a fan. A true fan.” —Mike Weiss It’s been said that every child needs at least one person who is irrationally crazy about him or her. I believe that with all of my heart, but […]

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‘Whispered’ advice unheeded

“They say that nobody is perfect, then they say that practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” —Attributed to too many people to list You may have seen the “nailed it” photos circulating the Internet. They picture two images, one of the “goal” and one of the failed result. An example would be a picture of a […]

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Younger can also be the wiser

“Maybe go outside? Maybe look up, instead of down at your wobbly thighs and aching feet? Maybe look up at the wild canopy or stars overhead, those goofy birds? If bird song were the ONLY proof there was a God—an intelligent love energy of some sort—it would be enough for me. Thrush, chickadees, loons? I’m in.” —Anne Lamott Being the […]

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An artsy/craftsy day after all

“I make things. Lots of things. I’ll keep making things until my fingers fall off. Then I will grab my hot glue gun, reattach those suckers and make more things.” —artist Kathy R. Jeffords Arts & Crafts weekend in Hillsboro is a love it or leave it event. Some people charge ahead with a crossbody bag and two free hands […]

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There’s no excuse to be bored

“Well, put on some skates. Be your own hero.” —Whip It I was chatting with a high school friend recently and during the course of our conversation she told me her new hobby is roller derby. My first response was mentally and literally, “What?!” If you knew her, knew us, back then, my reaction would make perfect sense. We were […]

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