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Let it shine

Whether you feel drained or energized, you can give. What can you give? You can give your love, faith, belief in others, hope, steadfastness. Ella Baker said, “Give light and people will find the way.”. Jesus tells us not to … Continue reading

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Feeling afraid or lost today?

Are you overwhelmed by circumstances or happenstances today? Is it hard to quiet your racing mind? Believe me, I have been there frequently. We can get so wrapped up in what has to be done that we cannot move. Remember … Continue reading

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To sleep, perchance to dream

This morning I awoke feeling refreshed and well rested. Saturday morning I was dragging because I could not sleep a wink on Friday night. I attribute my wakefulness to a big cup of iced coffee while I tutored early Friday … Continue reading

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Follow me

So many times Jesus said “follow me”…”come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”…(Matthew 4:19). “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also my servant will be. The Father will honor whoever serves … Continue reading

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The contented soul is all alone with God

Have you ever had a sleepless night or a stressful week? I know, that’s a stupid question. I think this lovely poem by good old Robert Louis Stevenson provides an apt description of “getting away from the world” and “spending … 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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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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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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Do you cherish your dreams?

Life has a way of making us numb to our own dreams and visions. We set them aside as being just foolish ideas. Why do we do that? I cannot speak for you, but there are various reasons that I … 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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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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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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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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Mustard seeds–from tiny to mighty

Some days I say what can I do? I’m just one woman. There are days, let’s face it, when I feel pretty weak. I’m normally pretty confident, but there are times when I feel anything but confident! How can I … 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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Where is your Rubicon?

I was watching the movie1776. In it,  John Adams sings: “They want to me to quit; they say John, give up the fight…..”  later in the same song he sings, with great gusto: For I have crossed the Rubicon Let … 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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Dreams are illustrations – part 1 of 2

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you”. Marsha Norman. I love this quote. Whether we consider the dreams that happen while we are asleep, or whether we are talking about the dreams that we have … Continue reading

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Every day is a miracle

“You either live your life like every day is a miracle or you live your life like nothing is a miracle. And I believe that. And I’m a happy guy.” ~  Robert Herjavec I love that statement. Think bout that. If … Continue reading

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God Really Does Have a Plan

Do you ever feel like a tiny boat made of leaves and twigs, and you are caught in a fast moving creek? God knows how to reach you and save you. Fear Not! ” God Has A Purpose for your … Continue reading

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Whistling Once Again–774 days

I began this blog at the behest of my friend Dana. Shortly after Christmas in 2010, I was stricken with Bell’s Palsy. The right half of my face became paralyzed. Gradually some of it came back, but some of it … Continue reading

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He Loves Me Despite the Fact

So don’t be discouraged. Dust yourself off, and get up, and keep trying. You may not see it, but you are improving. You may not be improving as quickly and steadily as you desire. But what He desires (and the … Continue reading

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A Thing Created Is Loved

““The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” ― Charles Dickens In our lives we construct and … Continue reading

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Every day I try

I am digging my way through multiple projects. At times like that there are definitely times that I get bogged down and overwhelmed. Thus far this week that feeling has not overtaken me. Instead I am feeling more practical and … Continue reading

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Remember the Humble Carrot (part 2 of 2)

In my last post I started talking about spunk. I mentioned Spunk Transplants. By that I mean helping my students find their “inner spunk”. I believe that we are each hardwired to have a well of spunk to draw upon … Continue reading

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