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In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of us … well, some of us became writers. And we pon... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Power of Quotes

In Others’ Words: The Power of Quotes

I have always been a word person. My mother used to say she thought I was born with a dictionary in my hands. (Now that is an odd visual.) And I have always appreciated quotes, savoring the discovery of someone else’s way with words that makes me pause and think or even laugh out loud, thanks to their fresh perspective.  This blog? It was my second attempt at blogging — after my first ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: More Gratitude

In Others’ Words: More Gratitude

  May you find many reasons to be thankful today. May you take the opportunity to tell others you are thankful for them. And I also hope that you hear others express their gratitude for you. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.  And if this day is woven through with some sadness for you, as can happen during the holidays, know that you are in my prayers.   Read More »

In Others’ Words: Personal Investment

In Others’ Words: Personal Investment

Warren Buffett’s net worth is $75.6 billion — he’s #2 on Forbes’ list of “The 12 Notable New Billionaires of 2017.” Bill Gates is #1, if you’re curious.  And yet, here’s a billionaire recommending investing in yourself rather then investing in stocks or bonds — even saying this investment is the best kind. This past Sunday, my husband and I too... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

I had a lunch date with my husband yesterday. While we were talking, he mentioned the year anniversary of someone coming to work at his office. I stopped him and said, “Has it really been a year? That time went by fast.” Life moving fast? That happens a lot.  I start counting down to something special, something weeks or even months away — like a writers conference or visiting a ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Remember Your Nice Words

In Others’ Words: Remember Your Nice Words

Comedian Jerry Lewis died just this past Sunday, August 20. The New York Times hailed him as “a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century.” While at times he was controversial, Lewis was also certainly multi-talented, known for his slapstick humor, as well as an actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and humanitarian. Jerry Lewis was also one of my all-tim... Read More »

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: 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: 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 »

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries. His poetic and profound words “Life tears our heart... Read More »

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