Tag Archives: life

Loss Teaches Us How to Live

Photo by Tetyana Kovrina (pexels.com) Thought for the Week “Nothing can truly be taken from us. There is nothing to lose. Inner peace begins when we stop saying, ‘I have lost it,’ and instead say, ‘It has been returned to … Continue reading

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People Watchers

Originally posted on Tricia Sankey:
“The core of every fruit is better than its rind,” Mike read aloud before placing his book on the hotel bed and retrieving an orange from the extravagant fruit basket. Laura squinted at the title…

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Work vs. Living

Photo by Jamie Street Thought for the Week Monday is the start of the work week for most of us. And while we know we should “work to live and not live to work,” is that enough? It’s important to … Continue reading

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Everything You Never Needed to Know About Me

“Getting Ready to Go to the Prom” (my first film appearance), shot by the illustrious Kathy’s Mom. In my early blogging days, when I still posted by telegraph, I regularly responded to Blogger Award invitations. I don’t do those anymore, … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Beautiful

We all appreciate classical beauty, perfection as it were. But there’s something about the unexpectedly beautiful, the asymmetrically symmetrical, the imperfectly perfect that resonates more deeply with us. Perhaps it is because we sense that, although very few of us … Continue reading

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Should I Celebrate My Own Birth?

I hesitate to say, “It’s my birthday” because, well, merely soliciting “Congrats!” responses seems rather pointless. And, being an essayist, I always feel like I should have a point. But then, even as I type this, I realize I do. … Continue reading

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Blueberry Muffins and the End of Everything

Originally posted on It is all Connected:
My three youngest daughters were all up early today. They were spread out in the living room. One reading, one drawing, and one on the iPad. “What muffins today?” they asked. We have…

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Taking Risks

Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park (shaleewanders.com) Thought for the Week Wisdom lies not in avoiding risks, but in taking them for the right reasons.  “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” ~Mark Twain ∴

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Life in Death

“And now brothers, I will ask you a terrible question, and God knows I ask it also of myself. Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without him is the real death, that … Continue reading

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You Are More Than Just a Body

Seascape by Marek Ruzyk Thought for the Week I still have a lot left to learn. But one thing I know is this: I’m not here to simply live until I die. I’m here to grow my soul, to tend … Continue reading

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