Category: Parts of Speech

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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Pumpkin spiced me and you

“Through the ages, the prophecy told that the spice will rise…. Imagine this, pumpkin-spiced Christmas cookies, pumpkin-spiced deodorant, pumpkin-spiced boys and pumpkin-spiced girls, pumpkin-spiced you and pumpkin-spiced me.” —Pumpkin Spice, the trailer for the (fake) movie (youtube.com/watch?v=Jv8agWUP7Kw) Latte. Muffin. Cookie. Dip. Beer. Pancake. Scone. Smoothie. French Toast. Donut. Ice Cream. Pringles. Pick your pumpkin poison. Everybody loves pumpkin spice. Don’t […]

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Go ahead do it, even if badly

“I do it badly…like I do a lot of things” —Anne Lamott Here’s the thing about being a chicken. You get yourself nestled into a corner behind a tall barrier; you’re comfortable, teetering on ironic confidence. Although you hear the chaos around you, it’s quiet down low, just the mud beneath your feet and the mask distorting your view. Eventually, […]

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Bold act can help us move on

“Every human has four endowments—self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…the power to choose, to respond, to change.” —Stephen Covey While wading through an eternity of purses shopping with my sisters last weekend, I noticed a few things. One, there are an unbelievable number of shades of brown. Two, owls are really […]

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History can mix facts with fish

History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another’s pain in the heart our own. —Sue Monk Kidd I heard a story the other day about a joy ride that ended with the driver having to call a friend to pull their truck […]

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Living the circadian of life…

“Thank-you, apostrophes, for being pretty cool, even though sometimes you can be a bit possessive.” —Jimmy Fallon On good mornings, I am up early. Early to some, anyway, and (really) early to others. I don’t know how it works for most people but in my case, with age comes the need for more early morning time. Outside of holding out […]

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Marvel at the alternatives

“Cause if you’re happy in your head, then solitude is blessed, and alone is okay. It’s okay if no one believes like you, all experiences unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you…and it doesn’t mean you aren’t connected, and the community is not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one […]

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