Category: Parts of Speech

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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Graduation for the ‘moms’

Note to readers: As we’re nearing graduation season and I’m about to experience it all from the “mom side,” I have been processing the entire concept of this life moment. This week, I’d like to honor my mom’s experience with a column originally published in July 2005. Her graduation may have happened more than 50 years ago, but I sense the […]

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Local run aims to end malaria

“Crashing, hit a wall. Right now I need a miracle. Hurry up now, I need a miracle…. I need you, I need you, I need you right now. Yeah, I need you right now. So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down.” —“Don’t Let Me Down,” Joy Williams Sometimes marketing companies miss the mark and manage only […]

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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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