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The Pushover.

This is a story of Three Little Kittens. They were found behind a diner on a very busy road in Connecticut. It was a Greek diner, so the rescuer gave them Greek names: Athena.   Niko. And Thor.  (The rescuer may not have been an expert on Greek names….)   These tiny kittens were so …

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Advice – The Good, The Bad, The Terrible

Over my many years, I’ve received lots of advice. Overwhelmingly, it’s been good advice. Like from my mother: “If you have to choose between getting a chore done and having fun, pick the fun. Years later, you won’t remember how many chores were done late, just how much fun you had.” And from my father: …

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Just Wipe It Off

Isn’t wonderful how our loved ones are completely perfect? Just kidding. My loved ones drive me crazy. A single friend once told me she admires the way I so generously accept my husband’s faults. I laughed really hard at that one. I don’t accept his faults. They really irk me. (I love the word ‘irk’, …

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We Are All Brave

As I watch the scenes from the Texas floods, I am overcome with awe for the bravery I see. People heading TOWARDS disaster, not away, in order to save others. I watch the confirmation that all Life is precious, especially as I watched one woman working with others to save baby bats from the rising …

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The First Day Of School!

In honor of the new school year, here’s a post from five years ago:   THE BEST DAY   When I was a kid, do you know what my favorite day of the year was? Yeah, okay, Christmas. (Good guess.) After all, I was a little girl who loved dolls and clothes and anything wrapped …

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Vacation Time

There was a large old bottle on the floor of my parents’ closet. What it originally held  -wine or whiskey, I don’t remember. The neck of the bottle was just big enough for a dime. Pennies and nickels didn’t fit. Just the dimes. And when my Dad emptied his pockets at the end of the …

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Second Opinion

In the last few years I have seen several instances where seeking a second opinion has saved someone’s life – or at least saved someone from unnecessary treatment or surgery. An incorrect diagnosis nearly doomed someone I love. I am grateful every day that he sought that second opinion. No one person has all the …

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Exceptionally OK

Last night I was vegging out with my favorite mindless pastime – reading makeup reviews on Sephora – when the following lipstick review intrigued me. That was it. No explanation. Just three stars and the words “exceptionally ok”. And as I considered this short phrase, I started to like it. I started to love it. Now …

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Shame

I am ashamed of myself. Oh, I was often ashamed of myself as a kid. Mostly ashamed if I had been naughty. And when I was naughty, I would sometimes attempt (with no success) to lie my way out of it. And so then I would be doubly ashamed. Ashamed I had misbehaved and ashamed …

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I’m Greatly Experienced

I was saying “Happy Anniversary” to my brother yesterday, and I remembered a happy little experience from his wedding. I danced with a man I did not know. But not just any man. A big tough-looking biker type – (although he could have been an actuary for all I know) – who wore a leather …

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