life lessons

Time to Fly

“It’s about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.” –Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper “Mom, do you think you’re gonna make it through…

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Alarm Dog

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” -Charles M. Schulz “What is going on?” I come downstairs to our black Goldendoodle, Nala, in full- fledged Cujo mode at the front door. She is giving it her all:…

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Bits & Pieces

“There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.” –Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters “Looks like someone is needing a new…

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Thanks, A lot

But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown. –Marcie A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving…

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Lost In Translation

“Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” –Kahlil Gibran “Can I talk to you for just a second?” Louie’s piano teacher asked with a wrinkled brow and concerned look on her face as I came to pick him up for the first time.…

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Starvation

“I have all these great genes, but they’re recessive. That’s the problem here.” –Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes “I think this may be the most beautiful place I have ever seen,” I said to my sister as we stared out and gazed at the flowing hills where the grass gently swayed in the…

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Families

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”- Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life A few weeks ago, as I was working at home, I saw a teeny bug wiggle across my desk. I’m not a majorly…

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Life in the Change

I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed. — Bill Watterson “Oh, why can’t I be graduated, yet?” Paisley asked as she slumped down on the couch holding her senior year class schedule in her hands. She is just…

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Reflections

“We’re taught to expect unconditional love from our parents, but I think it is more the gift our children give us. It’s they who love us helplessly, no matter what or who we are.” -Kathryn Harrison, The Kiss Not too long ago, I had to run into the store. It was just like every other…

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