Category: Parts of Speech

Every day a reason to shave legs?

Anticipation is a key stage; by having something to look forward to, no matter what your circumstances, you bring happiness into your life well before the event actually takes place. In fact, sometimes the happiness in anticipation is greater than the happiness actually experienced in the moment—that’s known as “rosy prospection.” —Gretchen Rubin The last thing I want to do […]

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Starting with the foundation

“Your diet, exercise routine and stress level lay the foundation for how you feel. So fuel your body with good nutrition, break a little sweat each day and set aside time to unwind. Because it’s hard to feel bad about a body you’re taking care of.” —Somebody It started out so sweetly… just a surprise one-armed side hug from my […]

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Making that resolutions list

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet; new backbone; new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year’s resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly […]

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My grown-up Christmas 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…. “ —David Foster/Linda Thompson It’s time to let the blame lie where it should. […]

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Getting good at giving thanks

“Gratitude is good medicine.” —Robert A. Emmons A glass vase nearly full of small strips of paper sits on our piano. The pieces, holding this year’s memories, are folded up into small squares. We started this tradition a couple of years ago. It begins at 12 a.m. January 1 and ends at 11:59:59 on Dec. 31. In between those bookends, […]

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Should we know everything?

“Amma admitted what we already knew: She doesn’t like soccer after all. She explained that there was just too much kicking. I asked if she’d like to stop playing and she said no, she would continue on valiantly because of the snacks. I thought this made for a pretty decent philosophy. Life: lots of scary kicking made bearable by snacks.” […]

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Listening to what my gut says

“Ditching the crap is such a relief. For me, it’s freed up quite a bit of time and emotional space to think about what really does matter. In the spirit of making it count.” —Lisa Sadikman, scarymommy.com What could be better than knowing deserving family members, at this very moment, are experiencing the joy and beauty of their first baby? […]

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Distractions have positive side

“Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.” —Adam Hochschild An epidemic is among us. (Most of us, anyway.) Distrac­tion is a drug of choice. It’s the leading cause of sitting in a chair for two hours before typing word one of a column. It’s the leading cause of laundry setting in the dryer and homework not getting done before 10 […]

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Cracks invite light, and snakes

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen I love Leonard Cohen’s words. He’s the kind of writer who appears at all the right times; easily reaching in and touching a part of your heart, leaving you seen, validated and understood. How much truth there is in his words: “There is a crack in […]

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Be faithful in the little things

“Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est.” (What is a little thing is just a little thing. But to be faithful in a little thing is a great thing.) —St. Augustine, translation by Msgr. Charles Pope Jeans either fit or they don’t. Like a lot of things. This was proven to me by a column I […]

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