Tag Archives: Friendship

Unchartered territory for me: new mindfulness

Gosh it is Saturday already! Yesterday was my birthday… it was wonderful. If you missed my birthday post and want to see it, the link is right here. http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/my-day-is-now-yup-its-my-birthday/ Oh how the years have flown by. It is likely that I … Continue reading

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My day is now: yup it’s my birthday

Today I entered a brand new decade. I turned 60. Yep. Just like that, I left my 50s.  This past decade was a time of questioning the meaning of my life and the paths I walked. There were so many changes. … Continue reading

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Are you wallowing today?

The thing is, at times we draw our meaning from our role(s) in life and from our associations. What do I mean by our associations? For example, from our immediate family we have ongoing connections. From our extended family we … Continue reading

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Do you have time to serve the Lord?

A Short Speech about Valuing Time This is a repeat of a column I wrote in August of 2012. But this week, I needed to remind myself of the truth in it. Perhaps someone else needs the same reminder. I found … Continue reading

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I was different; I still am

“I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.” –Donna Brazile I have always marched to my own drummer. You see, I notice trends and movements in the culture. I always have. As a kid, whenever I … Continue reading

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The precise moment when friendship is formed

I was thinking about friendship, and the many forms it takes. Then I stumbled upon this quote: “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a … Continue reading

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The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes

William James wrote “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“. I typically use a lot of words when I speak and when I write. I am much more Steinbeck than Hemingway. There are times when someone writes … Continue reading

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What is the point of our daily lives?

Here we are in January. We are past the rush and thrill of the holidays. My students are early in their second semester efforts. Those who are”on top of things” have already started working on their tasks. Magazines and newspapers … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Open the book; turn the page

My very dear friend Pattie shared this photo on New Year’s Eve. She is one amazing and fabulous friend. I do not know what I would do without her. The photo inspired me to write this post. Yes, the pages … Continue reading

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Thankfulness

As we zoom towards Thanksgiving Day, I find myself grateful for so much. I am thankful for my loved ones. I am thankful for my home, my job, my life. I am thankful for my students. “I thank Thee for … Continue reading

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Which people feed your spirit? What nourishes you?

I am hoping that you have people who feed your spirit. You know the type of people I mean. I am talking about people who rejoice with you. I am talking about those who taste salt when you weep. I … Continue reading

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Life is connected it is not just disparate events

I tell my students that all of their school subjects are connected. Just because each one is taught in a different room does not mean they are truly separate. Events in our lives and stages of our lives can seem … Continue reading

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A day is a miniature eternity

Ralph Waldo Emerson [oh I know, don't you just love him?] said “A day is a miniature eternity”. The problem is it is so miniature. Of course when I focus on how short a day is and how much I … Continue reading

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My friend, Harvey

Sometimes life smiles upon you in a very special way. When I was in college, I met my friend Harvey. She goes by Mary these days, but back then she preferred to be called Harvey. To say she is funny, … Continue reading

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Cast your bread upon the waters

Casting your bread upon the waters. What does that make you think of? If you are in a literal mood, perhaps it makes you think of feeding the ducks with day old bread. Gosh, when you do that, the ducks … Continue reading

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Leaping over obstacles

There are many things I love about being a mom/wife/teacher/tutor/manager/life coach. Now that I think about it, there is definitely a common thread in each of these. For me, that common thread is helping people to overcome obstacles.  After all, … Continue reading

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Say only the good things

Paul “Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. … Continue reading

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How do you want to be remembered?

We create impressions and memories by how we live our lives. How do you hope to be remembered? Perhaps I am thinking about that today, because of the multiple “reunions” I have attended lately. You know how those things go. … Continue reading

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Those with true eyes see your heart; they know you sparkle

‘Tis September, and the summer days are fleeing. It has been a summer that renewed me in unexpected ways. A few months ago, I was going through a really difficult time. My little boat was going through some torrential times, … Continue reading

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Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word

I love living in the southwest. You see, having spent most of my life in other places, it came as a surprise to me that I would love the desert the say that I do. I tend to bloom where … Continue reading

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People who love us raise us up

In light of the fact that I have been renewing friendships and reuniting with cousins off and on over the past few months, I realize once again how we are the wind beneath each others’ wings. We reach out and … Continue reading

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Reunions and reconnecting are like returning to beloved books

In a social media world, much of our lives have become like text messages and twitters. Our communications are shortened, our time together in face-to-face encounters is brief. This has been the case for awhile now. Letters and long Sunday … Continue reading

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Tall ships or small ships: either way–just sail

I was thinking about the tall ships that sailed in honor of the country’s Bicentennial in 1976. I was thinking about that because one of my students is studying the Revolutionary War and the subsequent history. I as explaining to … Continue reading

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Is today a day for picking daisies?

My friend Linda is fighting cancer, once again. No, she isn’t just fighting it, she is determined to give it a knock-out, all the time prevailing with joy, laughter, and optimism. She inspires all who know her, with her zest … Continue reading

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Two extraordinary friends

My magical weekend continued on Sunday. I went to Mass and brunch with some dear, dear old friends (Andi and Jerry). We have been friends since my freshman year of college. For a brief, magical time we ended up in … Continue reading

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Something from my bucket list: dreams DO come true

Do you have an actual bucket list? Do you have some cherished dreams that would be oh so lovely if they could really come true? I do not have an actual written bucket list. But there are definitely special hopes … Continue reading

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Your story and my story

I saw a plaque recently that said “home is where your story begins“. Now that rings true for me, largely because my childhood home was  a happy place to be. My home as an adult is a happy place to … Continue reading

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Throughout my days: I am an etch-a-sketch

Are there things that you “just know” in your heart of hearts? For instance, even if you are in the depths of despair do you somehow know that you are not alone; that you are loved? I eventually remember that … Continue reading

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Let us build the city of God

“Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labours of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” — Albert Einstein … Continue reading

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The ebb and flow of life

“When the fog cleared, and I could once more see the ocean again, I realized something. I realized that life often mimics the ocean.  A constant ebb and flow. High tides and low. Sometimes volatile and stormy or covered in … Continue reading

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How do you count your blessings?

I am many things. One of those things is a math tutor, and another is a person who offers encouragement. Generally, when we count items, we tend to count them one by one. But if there are a lot of … Continue reading

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