Dealing With “The Blues”

January 7th, 2013
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Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, CT
 By Thomas Schoeller

I keep a folder of story ideas and I was search through it yesterday for timely stuff that I thought could help all of us in our different emotional journeys through our blessed lives.  Some of the ideas in my folder are things I have heard in conversations or on the radio or TV and other ideas are pieces of papers I clipped from newspapers and magazines.

I came across the following bit of wisdom from The Washington Post’s Marguerite Kelly.  Kelly writes a popular and long-running advice column called … Read More

Sally Ride

July 24th, 2012
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Sally Ride “What’s it like to be in space?”  “Is it scary?”  Is it cold?”  “Do you have trouble sleeping?” These are the first sentences from a wonderful book that astronaut Sally Ride wrote in 1986 with her childhood friend, Dr. Susan Oakie, who once was a medical reporter for The Washington Post. Everyone always has tons of questions about what it feels like to be in space and Ride and Oakie’s book, titled To Space & Back, was written to give children a sense of what it feels like to circle the Earth, experience being weightless and even how… Read More

A Hotel Room of Her Own — Every Day for 10 Years

June 22nd, 2012
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Joy Brinker I think most of us can identify with unexpectedly finding ourselves in a situation when we thought it would be temporary, but then, time passes and it evolves into something else we never thought it would, and then it becomes permanent. When I first read the headline on this story, I thought: “How could someone live in a hotel for 10 years?”  But then I read the story and I got it. We say that everyone grieves differently and that we should respect the different ways people deal with their grief, but when we actually see someone who… Read More

Brenda Frese’s Positive Thinking

February 29th, 2012
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When you are raising a family it is easy to get caught up in working too hard to provide for them.  Most people want to improve their family’s quality of life and it’s natural to want to give your family the material things in life that can bring excitement and joy to them.  But in the end, they are just things.  Things can’t hold your hand, tell you they love you or bring you inner peace. In the daily process of making a living, I try to put the brakes on myself and ask myself why I am working so… Read More