Two Surprises in 24 Hours

July 26th, 2012
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Sometimes rebuilding your life is just plain hard.  Today’s choices are not the choices I want and, try as I might, I can’t steer things to go in the direction I want.

This post is not about whining.  That would be unproductive.
Instead, this post is about how I still need to work on being patient.  Life is about grabbing opportunities but then it is about dealing with what it feels like when the opportunity doesn’t work out the way you planned.  It’s about the twists and turns of life and how I need to get better at accepting and … Read More

Reach For The Stars

July 25th, 2012
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Every great dream begins with a dreamer.   Always remember, you have within you  the strength, the patience, and the passion to  reach for the stars to change the world   ~ Harriet Tubman… Read More

Foxhole People

July 23rd, 2012
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There are people in my life that I call  my “foxhole people.”  These are the family and friends that I would want next to me were I fighting a “war” involving a personal crisis and I found that I needed support to get through my “combat situation.”  I know that these people would instantly jump into the foxhole with me and they would stay with me through thick and thin until it was over.  It doesn’t matter who these people are, what matters to me is that I know the people who would do this for me and that I… Read More

Work Can Be Rewarding

July 19th, 2012
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Work itself is the reward.  If I choose challenging work it will pay me back with interest.  At least I’ll be interested even if nobody else is.  And this attempt for excellence is what sustains the most well lived and satisfying, successful lives.    ~ Meryl Streep I am a big believer in working hard.  I grew up in a large family and ever since I can remember I have had chores and responsibilities around the house.  I got my first paying job when I was 16 years old and that’s just the way I was brought up.  A work ethic… Read More

Grab Your Opportunity

July 6th, 2012
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“When someone says ‘Opportunity only knocks once,’ what in the world are they thinking? Opportunity exists virtually everywhere you look.” ~ Richard Carlson  … Read More

Nuns On The Bus

July 5th, 2012
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Nuns on The Bus Independence of thought and action is what we celebrated yesterday on the Fourth of July and in keeping with that theme, I can’t think of a more unique group of Americans who just finished traveling the country expressing their independent thoughts than the “Nuns on the Bus.” In case you missed this campaign that held its final rally yesterday, the Nuns on the Bus are a group of Catholic nuns who started a  two-week, 2,700 mile tour of the United States on June 18 to speak out against the Republican federal budget proposal put forth by… Read More

My Paper Chase

June 27th, 2012
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I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’ve started going through a number of boxes of papers that once belonged to my husband. For those of you who have found yourselves responsible for the belongings of a spouse, friend or relative after they died, you know this is not a straightforward process.  Each of these boxes I have decided to examine is potentially an emotional minefield because I don’t know what’s contained in them.  My husband filled them up and now they are waiting for my attention. You might be thinking, “It’s just old papers.  What’s the big deal?”  Since my… Read More

My Wedding Rings

June 12th, 2012
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The summer months bring many celebrations, including weddings and graduations, and this summer I have attended two weddings and one graduation. They were lots of fun and it was a wonderful opportunity to pause and focus on the important life changes starting for these loved ones.  At each of these joyous events, the participants were being celebrated to mark the beginning of their new futures either as a wedded couple or a person seeking to launch a successful career. But today’s post is about weddings.  Not the dress or the cake but instead I’m thinking about the rings and the… Read More

Sleepless in Seattle

June 11th, 2012
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Tom Hanks and Ross Malinger When I watch the hysterically funny but poignant movie, “Sleepless in Seattle,” one of my favorite scenes is when the character played by actress Rita Wilson tries to explain to  the character played by actor Tom Hanks and the other guys gathered round the table exactly why the incredibly romantic movie “An Affair To Remember” is only truly understood by women. Rita Wilson starts to repeat dialogue from “An Affair To Remember” and sets up the scenes with Deborah Kerr (is it pronounced “Kerr” or Carr? I never can remember…”) and Cary Grant.  Then she… Read More