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“Then Ripen”

“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, … Continue reading

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Best Prize

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”   Theodore Roosevelt How true these words are, aren’t they? Can there be anything more satisfying than working hard at something … Continue reading

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Driven Dynamo

Wow! Sometimes a story truly captures people’s imaginations and rises above all the noise out there. That’s exactly what’s happened with The Queen’s Gambit — a Netflix original series that’s generated enormous buzz. Over the past few weeks so many … Continue reading

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You’re Whole

Do you ever sit down to write and feel overwhelmed by those little voices in your head that say, “You can’t do this! It’s too hard!”? Well here’s a little secret that those pesky little can’t do critters don’t know … Continue reading

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Three Ingredients

The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-ive-ness.”Thomas Edison  Common sense, hard work, and persistence: Edison is a guy who knew a lot about all three of these qualities. He barely went … Continue reading

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“Miraculous Powers”

Thoughts from When Life Throws You a Curve Ball, Hit It by Criswell Freeman: “Take a moment to consider the miracle of the human brain — the most complicated creation on earth. Composed of trillions of separate yet interconnected cells, … Continue reading

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Beautiful Sound

A story: A young writer was interviewing a symphony orchestra conductor from Eastern Europe. The conductor had just been released from years in isolation in a prison because of his political view. The reporter asked the maestro a series of … Continue reading

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Useful Obstacles

“The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is not to frighten them, but to challenge them.”   Woodrow Wilson And brave women, too! I love the idea of an obstacle … Continue reading

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Bold Navigators

“We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”   Oliver Wendell Holmes October 12, is the traditional Columbus Day, and I somehow missed the boat! Still, … Continue reading

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Innocent Eyes

“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Henry James, from “The Art of Fiction.” Habit blinds us all: We fall into familiar byways without even noticing that it and begin to look at the world … Continue reading

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