Category: Parts of Speech

Small acts carry a deeper story

“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 morning, idling at the Wendy’s drive-thru, my daughter and I saw an elderly couple […]

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Turning 45 is a weird event

“Forty-five is the eye of life’s storm. The emotional drama of growing up is behind you, the physical perils of aging are still to come… it is easier to be grateful, and fearful. You are an expert in more things than you care to be and you realize that most of your life has been of your own making. You […]

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We need the right tools in life

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother or the ecology. You realize that you control your own destiny.” —Albert Ellis What are the most important tools ever invented? According to Forbes magazine in a 2006 story, the list includes the knife, […]

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Small gestures can be significant

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” —Attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. I was watching the news a couple weeks ago, which I try not to do, and a story on Middle East tension was wrapping up. Without a warning, or at least a smooth segue, the broadcaster said, “And here are the […]

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Avoid the train wrecks of life

“Hey train wreck, this ain’t your station.” —Somebody on the Internet Just over six months ago we moved to a new house, which threw me into what felt like a purging revolution. Many things were thrown away. I even played the Beatles song to feel more like a radical as I filled trash bags. It worked. I threw out, sold […]

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Take a cue from your cats

“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.” —Ellen DeGeneres 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.’ (Just ask my kids.) The classification makes me feel better somehow. This means I can put a name to why I […]

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Taking blame for good things

“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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There’s room for all of it

“Happy, happy Christ­mas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fireside and his quiet home!” —Charles Dickens I grew up in a Catholic home, part of a […]

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‘Help’ is a prayer we all need

We can say a little prayer even if we are not believers: “Help” is a great prayer. “Help me, help me, I am a completely doomed human” is even better. When my then six-year-old son got his head stuck in the bars of a chair at the dining table of some friends we were visiting, he went unnoticed for a […]

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Sometimes ‘mess’ is beautiful

“It’s all messy: the hair, the bed, the words, the heart, life.” —William Leal As I was driving down the street and soaking in fall colors the other day, it quickly became clear how much more I enjoy looking at the yards smothered in untouched leaves over those that had been meticulously raked to perfection. And that’s not just an […]

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