Monthly Archives: November 2021

Inviting Inspiration

Amateurs look for inspiration. The rest of us get up and go to work.”Chuck Close Chuck is a highly respected painter and photographer. I have his statement tacked up on the wall in my office, because it really grabbed me … Continue reading

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”Sunny Side”

As we launch into the final stretch of the year, why not begin it with an upbeat attitude? Tried-and-true advice to set us on the right path: Creed for Optimists by Christian D. Larsen Be so strong that nothing can … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As we launch our holiday weekend, may your life be filled with joy and gratitude, now and always! This sweet poem comes to us via Rose Blessing, a poetry lover and cherished member of my Poetry Appreciation Group. Blessings to … Continue reading

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Journey Joys

“One might think that the monetary value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But, speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so….I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so … Continue reading

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Opportunity Awaits

When Nathaniel Hawthorne was a young man just starting his career, he was fired from his government job at the local custom house. He returned home in despair. His wife listened sympathetically to his tale of looming tragedy, then lit … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

The Mist and AllDixie Willson I like the fall,I like the mist and all,I like the night owl’sLonely call —And wailing soundOf wind around. I like the grayNovember day,And bare, dead boughsThat coldly swayAgainst my pane.I like the rain. I … Continue reading

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“Young Enough”

During a rehearsal of one of his plays, the Sir James Barrie, creator of the timeless Peter Pan, became increasingly annoyed with the producer’s young son. He happened to be attending the rehearsal and convinced that he knew it all. … Continue reading

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Great Things

“The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built a brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. Every big accomplishment … Continue reading

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Jane Rejoices

“None of us wants to be in calm waters all our lives.” Today, December 16, is the divine Jane Austen’s birthday. She was born in 1775–just as the American Revolution began. She created a small revolution of her own with … Continue reading

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Shifting Strategies

Total risk, freedom, discipline.” This is Constance Hale’s writing mantra — she has it taped on a cabinet in her home office where she can see it. A journalist and essayist, Constance is also the author of several popular writing … Continue reading

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