Quotes

Caught My Eye

My husband tells me I ask more questions than any person he’s ever known. It’s probably true. Mom used to tell me I was curious from the beginning with a genuine desire to learn all I could. She called it a zest to investigate and it landed me into some pretty funny situations when I…

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Wonders

“Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread.”        Wendell Berry    

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She Was Seventeen

I was at the funeral home last night, gathered with extended family I don’t see often. A lot of us together in one place. There were moms and dads, and brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and cousins…..lots and lots of cousins. We’re happy to see each other, even under the circumstances,…

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Order

I straighten my desk every day before I leave my office so that when I come in the next morning it’s in order. I like a clean slate to begin my work for the day. But there was no order on my desk when I returned to work from a week long vacation. My desk…

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If We Pay Attention

You are to pay special attention to those who by accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. ~ Saint Augustine We came into closer connection with a lot of people on our trip to Colorado. We exchanged smiles or nods with most of the people we saw. I…

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Attention

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.      Simone Weil Today  – give someone your undivided attention. Put down your phone. Step away from the computer. Turn off the TV……turn down the music. Look them in the eyes and listen to each word said. Fully. Converse. Seek to understand. Connect. Learn their…

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Work

Establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.  Psalm 90:17 NIV There are days I like my job. Problems are solved. Questions are answered. I get things done. Learn something new. I feel really good about my work. Then there are other days. The days I don’t…

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Write

Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird  “To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care. You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life…

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