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She Throwed Up Her Toof, I Think

Little kids tell the best stories. What if they don’t have all the facts? They simply make it up as they go. They fill in the blanks with crazy, beautiful stuff they pull from their wee minds. It’s storytelling at its best. I thought it would be fun to share on my blog some of what […]

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Message For All Who Have Already Submitted Poetry

Originally posted on The Roar Poetry Anthology:
Dear Poets, You are all talented, wonderful human beings and we salute your bravery and generosity in submitting your work for our charity project. We want to show your work to as many people as possible, and add to your already impressive numbers while we still have time…

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Getting Older? Look Wonderful, Be Cool, Do it Your Way

  “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan OK, it’s true. Aging isn’t all that fun. I don’t wake up every morning doing the happy dance, chirping “Oh boy. I love, love, love getting older.” No, it’s not like that at all. Not for me, anyway. However, aging isn’t […]

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Jim Henson: His Creative Learning and Social Wisdom Legacy

Jim Henson in two words: remarkable visionary. About his dad, Brian Henson wrote in a blog post, “One of his life philosophies was that we should love people not for their similarities, but for their differences.” This single statement beautifully sums up the essence that is collectively, the Muppets. The lesson the Muppets continue to pass on […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

  I decided to submit an image to the Weekly Photo Challenge based on a reflection of U.S. history and an important figure in that history; Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. This is a great shot of Crazy Horse’s head, which is 87-feet high. The head was completed in 1998. The horse’s head will be 219-feet […]

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Heaven-Sent Message in a Postcard from Nova Scotia

No one sends postcards anymore. That’s a shame. A postcard may prove someday to be a humble but emotional link to a loved one. This may come long after they’ve left their earthly existence. Did you know there’s a National Postcard Week? This year it’s May 4–10. Recently, I received a message from heaven. It […]

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crocus by Hills22

Knock! Knock! It’s Me, Spring

  There’s no getting around it; it’s been one heck of a tough, drawn-out winter. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Check out Spring 2014 outlook according to Photo Credit: crocus by Hills22

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Cathy with a “C” – Blah to Yeah!

My name is Cathy. No, it’s not short for one of the silkier-sounding names like Cathleen or Catherine. I’m just Cathy. My name is spelled with a “C,” though, not a “K.” My mother said that was special, so it must be, right? Forever, I believed that “C” somehow provided me the right to step ahead […]

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Dining with Dead People and Carryout Lesson

Dead people don’t make me uncomfortable. Usually. Would you eat lunch in a restaurant alongside dead people? That might be awkward. Well, maybe not if it was someone you knew, but it isn’t. Is a “cemetery restaurant” insensitive, icky, ingenious? I believe it may be greater than any of that. I was speechless when I […]

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Distraction is a Lifestyle

Distraction is an official lifestyle. I haven’t heard anyone declare it’s their way of life, though. Why? We don’t hesitate to say we live green, military, vegan, alternative or a musician’s lifestyle. Heck, I’ll go first: No, I’m not vegan or green … I am into distraction, which, by the way, is a culturally acceptable […]

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Save on Small Business Overhead

Me, and my husband, who’s my business partner, have been small business owners in distribution, sales, and service for 22 years now. I’ve learned a lot about keeping overhead expenses down. Many new small business owners spend money on unnecessary supplies, technology, and even office furnishings. Check out three ways I’ve painlessly cut or kept […]

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Inspiring Quote by Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs […]

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My Crazy, Beautiful Mom

Um, yeah, that’s my mother My mother had it in her mind that she was special; not better than others, mind you, just, well special. She never felt she owed anyone an explanation for her actions. When she did something ridiculous, and I questioned her, she simply shrugged her shoulders and said, “Oh well.” Typical […]

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