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Resilient Means Taking Care of You

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Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our heads that resilient people are never down, never sad, always up for a challenge, and capable of leading the rest of us out of our funk into the sunshine.  If that’s the definition of resilient, it ain’t me.

Although there are people who seem to always be up, we need to remember that some people are just blessed with a sunny disposition – dang them!  One of my good friends is like that.  Very seldom is she down or even subdued.  This is good and bad.  There are times when I would like to Continue reading » Resilient Means Taking Care of You

Wall of Books

How I Find Hope

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You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

— Paul Sweeney

I love to read!  I seldom go anywhere without a book.  If I’m out shopping, I’ll usually have a book in my purse and when I get worn out from too much, I’ll take a break.  I’ll grab a soda and sit and read for a while.  After a few minutes or a few pages, my energy returns and I’m back up and moving.  I’ve even been known to Continue reading » How I Find Hope

The Vagabond Magician

What Makes You Tick?

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Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

— Chinese Proverb

Every five weeks or so, I go to a magician who makes my gray hair disappear.  She’s only a minor magician because I still have my wrinkles and age spots, but then I can’t afford a major magician (plastic surgeon).  She’s very good at what she does.  And whether I look younger or not, I couldn’t say, but it makes me feel better to have the gray gone.

Last week she asked me, “What makes you tick?  You’ve always got a book with you.  You’re always reading.”  Without even thinking about it, I answered Continue reading » What Makes You Tick?

Not all the trails are yet paved

Scenic Outlook Ahead

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Those that say you can’t take it with you never saw a car packed for a vacation trip.

— Unknown

I grew up in Chicago.  My parents wanted to live in a warm climate – Chicago can be a bit cold, and gray and wet and smoggy.  When it’s not cold and gray and wet and smoggy, it’s hot and sunny and humid and smoggy.  Both of my parents had grown up in Chicago and they both longed for a cleaner, more hospitable place to live.  Since we couldn’t live anywhere else, every summer we took a three week driving vacation to the Left Coast – though back then it was just the west coast.

My parents must have been nuts: three weeks in a car with three little kids.  OY!  To make sure that we all returned home in one piece and NOT in a casket, Mom made sure that we had lots of toys to entertain us during the 8-10 hour days as we went across Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.  Because she also believed that our education shouldn’t stop during the summer, she also brought library books for us to read at night.  After all, everyone knows you get sick if you Continue reading » Scenic Outlook Ahead


Disappointed BeginningNo matter how upbeat we try to be, we all have days when we feel discouraged. For me the past week has been a real challenge. You would think that a short week (I wrote this after Memorial Day week.) would make things easier, but in the end, the week felt like a failure. For some writers, just the act of writing helps them to feel better. For me that isn’t the case. As a matter of fact, when I started this post, I thought that I would probably just trash it because I didn’t see a way out of my discouragement.

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