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Quote of the Week: Life Lessons from Jenny B. (Moms)
“You can’t say you love me and *?@! me over at the same time.” “Call it crazy when you see crazy coming!” “You have to deal with some people with a long-laddled spoon so they won’t bite your finger.” Jenny B. on the finer things in life: One day I’d asked my mother about the …
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As We Prepare for Valentine’s Day
i just can’t get enough of this picture!
Quote of the Week: “You must be the change…”
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (aka Mahatma Gandhi)
Quote of the Week: Your Data
“Back it up!” ~ everyone who has every lost their computer files
Quote of the Week: “Always Do Your Best”
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!
Quote of the Week: “Don’t Make Assumptions”
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and dramam. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!
8 Amazing Inaugural Moments
8 AMAZING INAUGURAL MOMENTSat the Presidential Inauguration of Barack ObamaTuesday, January 20, 2009 (6:13 am to 1:30 pm, approx) 1. Masses and masses of happy, hopeful people. The emotional voltage was so high and so positive on Tuesday that it was as though, for this brief moment in time, everything was right and fulfilling in …
Quote of the Week: “Don’t Take Anything Personally”
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!
Richard Pryor’s “I Wasn’t Really Running” Classic
Remember Richard Pryor’s classic piece about his children lying?
Quote of the Week: “Be Impeccable with Your Word”
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz“The Four Agreements” * I LOVE this book!
5 Things I Did to Close Out 2008
Pampered myself Called my family Closed my eyes and envisioned a brilliant 2009 Paid down on my communication gap Closed out a lot of loose ends And thanked God for the peace and quiet.
Quote of the Week: “Instructions for Life”
[the first time i read this, several years ago, i thought it was wonderful. now…i see that i’ve grown more cynical. i like it still, but am wondering about some of the lines here, especially the last one. but read it, there are some gems here!] INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE(author unknown) Give people more than they …
In Memoriam: Earth Kitt
Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died, her publicist, Patty Freedman, told CNN on Thursday. Kitt, 81, died in New York, where she was being treated for colon cancer, Freedman said. Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, was by her side. She was performing almost until the end, taping a PBS special six weeks ago in Chicago, …
What I Love
Tis the season where love is comtemplated more now then any other part of the year. Here’s a random list a just a few of the people and things that I love, from the silly to substantive (just a few): God, my parents, my siblings, my extended family, chocolate covered peanut clusters, pecans, pecans with …
Quote of the Week: Sonia Sanchez on Writing
“…I write to keep in contact with our ancestors and to spread truth to people.”
Quote of the Week: Toni Morrision on Fear (Song of Solomon)
What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not? (from Song of Solomon)
This Week, I Turn 40.5
[This week, on December 15, I will be 40.5. Here’s an essay I published a few years ago that you might enjoy. Many others did.] Forty Backwardsby April R. Silver (2006) Last month I turned 38. With 40 fast approaching, I’ve been more reflective than usual. I’ve begun to observe life from over my shoulder, …
Quote of the Week: Toni Morrison (Bluest Eye)
There is really nothing more to say — except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how. (from The Bluest Eye)
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