Articles By: Shelley Plett

Gifts to remember?and hold on to

?You can’t always get what

you want. But if you try

sometimes, well, you just might find, you get what you need.?

?The Rolling Stones

And God said: ?If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other??

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Ready or not, the torch is passed

?Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.? ?Marilyn Penland


The torch was passed. It happened in a stadium full of thousands of hyperventilating tweens wearing thousands of dollars of concert tour T-shirts. Subconsciously I knew it was coming. But even though it was unapparent to the average observer, I felt it like a punch in the gut.

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Sisters offer their “Satellite” tributes

?Not every conversation will change your life, but any conversation can.? ?The Satellite Sisters

?The Satellite Sisters? is a syndicated radio show created by and featuring five real life sisters, The Dolans. Family and friendship are their platforms.

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Good stress is “warm chocolate melt”

?On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.?

?Erma Bombeck

Ahhh, vacation: sweet moments of suspended reality worthy of pinched pennies and dreams.

Psychology types say there are two kinds of stress: good stress and bad stress.

Good stressors might be work, kids, holidays and family vacations. Bad stressors may be things like work, kids, holidays and family vacations.

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Would like a side of cash with that?

?Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I?m not sure about the former.??Albert Einstein


?Read it with a grain of salt, then tell me what you think,? my sister said as she slipped a copy of ?The Secret? into my hand.

I glanced around and quickly stuffed the book into my bag, feeling that I had somehow just stepped within the grasp of some bazaar metaphysical society. (No offense to my sister, she?ll understand. I think.)

But I also wondered if the world as I knew it was about to change.

Well, not really. But I was still curious.

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Jane Austen: Hollywood’s new it-girl

?Why doesn?t anything happen in Jane Austen after the wedding?
What about sequels? Pride and Prejudice?The Sequel: Darcy?s Hunting
Buddies Move In.?
?Dave Harvey

Somebody?s in the mood for love. Not throw-away, highest
bidder, until the camera stops rolling, most photogenic, ratings
driven, speed racer love.

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Sweeping porches is a neglected art

??It?s a chore seldom done at any place you don?t personally call
your own. You might, for a friend in serious need, load a dishwasher or
fold a load of laundry. You might even look after her toddler, if she
is busy, God forbid, throwing up with the flu. But you?ll not likely
sweep off any porch, anywhere, unless is belongs to you.
? ?Sharon Randall

Proving once again that I spend too much time on the
Internet, I was searching through online newspapers prowling for topic
ideas or anything interesting.

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Grab a pencil, it’s time to write…

??As grown-ups, we have come to place undo importance on this thing called competence.? ?Chris Baty

October, I wrote about a November event called NaNoWriMo. This year I?m
mentioning it again?a little earlier this time?to inform and prepare
anyone out there who might be interested in signing up in the next
month or two.

NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing
Month, is the creation of Chris Baty, a writer guy from California, who
in 1999 produced his little project in an attempt to be less bored and
meet more girls.

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‘The Office’ casting rings true to life

?Yes, I was the first one out (during the fire). And yes, I?ve heard ?women and children first.? But we do not employ children. We are not a sweatshop, thankfully. And women are equal in the workplace by law. So if I let them out first, I have a lawsuit on my hands.? ?Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from ?The Office?

Assistant regional manager Dwight Schrute, mistakenly thinking he?s about to be promoted, paints his boss?s office black in order to intimidate his subordinates.

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Ultimately, its the mothers who cry

?The last time when you ran to me, still small enough to hold. The last time that you said you?d marry me when you grew old. Precious, simple moments and bright flashes from your past ? would I have held on longer if I?d known they were your last?? ?Karen Kingsbury?

I have a friend with a newborn baby. She?s understandably tired, anxious and stressed. I have another who?s ?baby? is starting his first year of high school. She?s tired, anxious and stressed too. Then there?s another who is two semesters away from putting her last baby in a cap and gown. She?s tired, anxious and stressed too.

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