Kind Words are Music

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So many seem to have lost their ability – or the desire – to make this kind of music. It’s within everyone’s ability. No matter if you don’t know “A” from “D sharp” or have never heard of a key signature…this is the kind of music anyone can produce.

Perspective

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I’m sure you’ll agree that life can be pretty tough sometimes. Especially when situations become chronic – and you’re left to juggle multiple issues concurrently – there can be days when the stress feels as though it’s unbearable. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees: things appear even worse than they really are. … Continued

Big Brother

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My family is a little bit unusual, with a 20-year span between the eldest and youngest child. (I’m the youngest.) My big brother Rich, who was already away from home and serving in the Air Force at the time of my birth, is also my godfather. Rich is now engaged in the fight of his … Continued

What to Remember, What to Forget

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Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults. Chinese Proverb Such great advice! Sometimes we get it exactly backwards…but this is a nice reminder.  

Service Appreciation Shout Out

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In fulfilling an order yesterday for a service appreciation plaque, the requested personalization jumped out at me. In a few weeks, the woman who will be receiving this gift is going to be recognized for having served as a Sunday School teacher for 65 years. You read that correctly. I have no way of knowing … Continued

Nature’s Schedule

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Spring appears to have finally decided to stick around here in my neck of the woods. (It’s hard to be impatient about its late arrival knowing some folks in the midsection of the country were watching yet more snow fall yesterday.) Of course, nature doesn’t watch the calendar the way we do! Last year, spring arrived … Continued

The Seeds You Plant

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Not that the harvest is unimportant, but it’s not the only way to define a successful day…or a successful effort. Great advice – and applicable in many situations.  

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

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May 12th is Mother’s Day; just a little more than three weeks away. Most mothers would probably say that the best gift they could receive would be to spend the day with their children – or talk with them if they live far away. That said, you still may be looking for something tangible to … Continued

Morning Glory

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Morning glory is the best name…. To which I add an enthusiastic YES! I admit, if you’re a morning person (which I am), it’s a little easier to perceive an early start to the day as refreshing. 🙂 Even so, early mornings get very, very early by mid-summer when it comes to photographing the beginning … Continued

Think Spring

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Better late than never! The first crocus opened its petals in my garden today. Weeks later than usual, still it’s a most welcome sight.

On Patriots’ Day

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Here in New England, the third Monday of April is Patriots’ Day (in Massachusetts, it’s a state holiday). This day we commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord – the first of the American Revolution. Early this morning, the annual re-enactments of those battles took place. Then the Red Sox played a day game at … Continued