Category: Parts of Speech

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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Not every transition is smooth

“I’d walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it’s dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because my hair.” —Ryan Reynolds via Twitter The school year has begun and I have moved my daughter to college. Another parenting first. Nailed it. *High five.* As new as this all was, I couldn’t help but feel […]

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Small moments, big memories

“Eat the cookie, buy the shoes. Give yourself permission to lighten up.” —Joyce Meyer I spent $18 on four cupcakes. It hurts to admit. But what do you do when you’re on vacation and wander into a cool hipster cupcake shop with exposed brick walls and open doors? Practice self control? Sure. Actually the entire area surrounding the bakery was […]

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Music: Language of memory

“Every life has a soundtrack. There is a tune that makes me think of the summer I spent rubbing baby oil on my stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. There’s another that reminds me of tagging along with my father on Sunday morning to pick up the New York Times. There’s the song that reminds me of using a […]

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Our age compared to what?

I thought it was cool when I figured out that I am half as old as Hillsboro. After the Independence Day festivities on TV and elsewhere, when they kept talking about our country’s 241st birthday, I figured if you are 80 years old plus four months, you are one third as old as the United States. • When we put […]

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Plenty of tips for a ‘best day’

“Daily routine: Wake up. Be fabulous all day. Go back to bed.” — ilikeitfunny.com Sometimes you stumble across an idea that makes you go “a-ha!” I did this, and then in typical fashion, proceeded to beat it to death. The idea was a blog post titled, “Make Your Bed (Plus six other things you should do every day).” I’m all […]

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Typewriters help us regroup

“No one throws away typewritten letters, because they are pieces of graphic art with a singularity equal to your fingerprints, for no two manual typewriters print precisely the same. Emails disappear from all but the servers of Google and the N.S.A. No one on the planet has yet to save an Evite. But pull out a 1960s Brother De Luxe […]

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Autumn junkie liking summer

“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.” —J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter” Greek mythology says the four seasons came to be because of a mother’s grief (and persistence.) Demeter was the goddess of […]

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Accolades for the ‘village’

“Have a strong mind and a soft heart.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo I have been asked many times in the past week how I feel. I knew watching my oldest child graduate, like any parenting “first,” would bring a grab bag of mixed feelings. But for this situation, I expected a more dramatic set of emotions. The only feeling I can […]

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‘Make good art’ is best advice

“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.” —Neil Gaiman, writer As graduation season sneaks up, I equally fear and anticipate the day. It may be more of a 60-40 split, with the scales tipping in opposite directions as […]

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