Category: Parts of Speech

Stop, don’t think, just love

“Change the scenery of your life. You don’t have to travel far. It’s an adventure. A chance to refresh. To learn. To compare. To meet new people. To make new friends. To view things anew. To grow.” —uptitude.it My kids and I went to a concert a while back which is bound, in some way, to lift spirits, whether they’re […]

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There’s always a deeper story

“There’s a story behind every person…Sometimes you only know their name, not their story.” —Goodreads Thanks to an Ameri­cano and in spite of an icy sidewalk, I started one day last week with a chance encounter that woke up my view of, well, just about everything. Anne Lamott said, “Sometimes heaven is just a new pair of glasses.” That’s true […]

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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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