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A Christmas Invitation

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! I look over at the clock and the red glow of the digital numbers say it’s 4 am. I take a…

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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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Breaking the Bank

“This day had officially punched every hole in her crazy ticket.” –Kimberly Kincaid, Drawing the Line This cannot be happening. Not after the week that I’ve had. Just a couple of days ago my car starting making some weird car noise…..again. This is the second time this week this has happened! We have already put…

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Kindness From A Stranger

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu “I can’t wait for you to come with me on my field trip tomorrow, mom,” said Paisley as I tucked her into bed. “Me, too!” I said. I really was excited about…

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Not Broken, But Beautiful

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” –Ernest Hemingway I was talking with one of my besties from high school while the kiddos played with their toys on the floor. We were just about to hang up the phone when she quickly interjected that she thinks that…

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My Best Friend's Wedding

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. I hung up the phone with my best…

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Sticks and Stones

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” –Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Why do you feel the need to leave every night? Why don’t you want to stay around and be with me? I remember asking my ex-husband these questions right before my little world…

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Shout it

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” –Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl Oh no. Not again. I’m on the…

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Why Not Me?

“Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.” – Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible Life is completely utterly unassumingly blazingly unfair. I know that this statement is not…

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