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In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Spending Money

In Others’ Words: Spending Money

  I believe that you can never have too many books. Here’s proof: A year ago, my husband and I did some time-to-get-serious cleaning of closets and bookshelves. I forced myself to part with some books. (When I wrote that last sentence, I originally typed the words “get rid of” but that sounded so callous.) I cried when I had to give those books away. Yep. I did. I’ve a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be Mindful

In Others’ Words: Be Mindful

We fool ourselves sometimes, don’t we? We created a nice, safe, manageable lives for ourselves. Our family. Our friends. And then something happens. An unexpected illness. I keep hearing about friends and acquaintances having their gall bladders removed. Or being diagnosed with cancer. Or maybe it’s an accident. Or even a natural disaster. Friends of mine had their house struck by ligh... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

It’s the most natural thing in the world to applaud when someone does something good, isn’t it? Well, yes … and no. I love to attend Broadway shows. I don’t hesitate to start the applause after a moving duet or rousing dance performance. I’ve clapped my way through more school productions than I can count, not to mention sports competitions, and even some favorite mov... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Unique Power of Attitude

In Others’ Words: The Unique Power of Attitude

Attitude. Attitude. Attitude. Our attitude takes us a long way in athletic competition, doesn’t it? Our attitude takes us a long way in life, too — which is a certain type of competition, when you think about it.  If you’ve been part of the ongoing conversation on this blog for a while, you know I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up. As I explained to my volleyball playing... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Thinking about Freedom

In Others’ Words: Thinking about Freedom

As we celebrate the 4th of July today, I’m always thankful for the freedom we share as Americans. And I’m also thankful for those military men and women — past, present, and future — who defend our freedom.  Read More »

In Others’ Words: Living Expectant

In Others’ Words: Living Expectant

How often do we look for our big opportunity somewhere out there — expecting the thing we’ve been waiting for to show up tomorrow, or next month, or even next year? With a “somewhere out there” focus, what kind of right-here-right-now opportunities do we miss? The danger? Being so intent on tomorrow’s possibilities we overlook what’s happening today. Lessons to ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: One Word Wisdom

In Others’ Words: One Word Wisdom

  I handle stress different ways. Sometimes I go for a walk — my stress level determines how far I go. I might watch an episode or two of Dick Van Dyke. Sure, the TV show is in black and white, but nobody does comedy like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore — not to mention Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam. Other times I talk the frustration out with my husband. Or with a trusted fri... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Do It Right or Do It Over

In Others’ Words: Do It Right or Do It Over

  Sometimes a person says something and there’s just no arguing with them.  I mean, former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden says it straight up, doesn’t he? If we don’t have time to do something right, do we really think we’re going to find extra time for a do-over? Do it once. Do it right. And be done with it.  I understand there are some things you can’t do on... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Take Another Look

In Others’ Words: Take Another Look

My husband and I delved into photography the past few years. You can credit our interest to a couple of different things. The first would be this blog. Yes, this blog is all about quotes, but I pair the quotes with images, preferably my own. And now, whenever my husband Rob goes snowshoeing or backpacking or fishing, he takes along a camera and promises, “I’ll bring back some photos fo... Read More »

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