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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 »

In Others’ Words: What are You Ignoring?

In Others’ Words: What are You Ignoring?

Sometimes … sometimes I get too focused. On my laptop. My iPhone. The laundry. The errands I need to run. (Grocery store. Check. Dry Cleaners. Check. Drop my daughter off at volleyball camp — only she does the driving, not me. Check.) I’m getting things done, yes. But that thought I keep having — the longing inside to take a day or two and escape to the mountains? I shove i... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Haves versus Wants

In Others’ Words: Haves versus Wants

If I could sum up today’s quote in two words, they would be: Be grateful.  We can spend a lot of time thinking about what we want — what we don’t have or what we think we deserve. Oftentimes what we have is never enough and setting our minds on “wants” creates a mindset of discontent. And then we get whatever it is we want … and even that doesn’t satisfy b... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who’s Got a Secret?

In Others’ Words: Who’s Got a Secret?

The women’s fiction series I’m writing? One of the themes is secrets.  The funny thing is, I’m not a fan of secrets. I’m not saying I’ve never had secrets. I’m just saying I don’t like harboring them. If asked, I would say growing up has meant realizing how damaging secrets can be and recognizing the need to reveal them — in the proper way and at the... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Where are You?

In Others’ Words: Where are You?

  Life is a mixture of making plans and embracing surprises, isn’t it?  Sometimes we succeed in navigating the roadmap clutched in our hands. Other times, we follow a detour or willingly toss the map aside and jaunt off on an unknown adventure. At the end of the day, we discover ourselves on a road we never thought we’d travel, oftentimes a long way from where we ever expected to ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

All teams are made up of individuals. Sport teams. Business teams. Ministry teams. But if the team’s focus is on all the separate people who make up the team instead of the overall goal of the team, the group will stall out. You can’t get anywhere if you’re divided by the wants of a variety of different people. Individuals are chosen for the need — the goal — of the t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: True Success

In Others’ Words: True Success

There are many definitions of success, but this one by Dr. Kelly Flanagan tops my list: “… success is what happens when you make your true self your lived self.” We can accomplish so many things — academically, professionally, personally — but unless we are being true to ourselves, all our victories ring hollow. We can allow someone to place a ribbon around our neck o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

Our perspective affects our outlook on life. And author Robert Brault’s mindset makes me smile. We all know the traditional, here-they-come-again celebrations. Birthdays. Independence Day. Thanksgiving. Yom Kippur. Christmas. Weddings — and the subsequent anniversaries. Graduations. But what other special occasions can we celebrate besides the ones already prewritten on most calendars?... Read More »

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