Monthly Archives: September 2013

Congress

“con-gress [n. kong-gris; v. kuhn-gres, kuhng-] noun :  the act or action of coming together and meeting” As I watch our beloved Congress stalemate itself again and bring the American government along with it, I’m reminded of another type of congress – a congress … Continue reading

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Fill ‘Er Up

“Talent is like a receptacle. Some are born with a shot glass and some are born with a keg.” — David Hattner, Portland Youth Philharmonic Music Director speaking last night Even if talent could be measured in alcoholic beverage containers, … Continue reading

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There’s Still A Ripple

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” — Mother Teresa The next time life throws you a curve, it’s ok to feel bad. But try not to sit there. Find a way to do something positive. Even … Continue reading

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Tinted Lenses

“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.” — Merry Browne Every day I get up and put on my tinted lenses. Mind you, they’re not real lenses, but they affect my vision as much as any pair … Continue reading

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The Making Of A Memory

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou Jake French is an inspiration. Several years ago through a freak accident, life threw him … Continue reading

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One More Cup

“Do not take anything for granted — not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.” — Terri Guillemets   Closing up an early morning breakfast meeting, and after goodbyes … Continue reading

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The Gift Of The Present

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” — Jesse Jackson Maybe there’s a reason that the words “presence” and “presents” rhyme. Being present is a gift, like the presence of a parent in a child’s life. There’s only … Continue reading

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Nether-land

Dedicated to anyone who is dealing with dementia. Nether-land Where do you go, o’ mother? Where does your mind rest? When your words in this world, unfurled, are not from your breath. Where do you go, o’ mother? What do … Continue reading

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Reaction Vs. Reflection

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” — Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati We spend a lot of time reacting everyday – job pressures, traffic, children crying, teenage tantrums, spousal arguments, 24/7 news assaults, emails, texts, phone calls, etc. But … Continue reading

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The Postcards All Have The Same Shape

“We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box. ” — Robert Fulghum One … Continue reading

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