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Monday Mottoes – #124

Here’s a happy thought for a Monday morning: Life is going to knock you down or try to knock you down. The longer you lay there, on the ground, shaking your head in shock, the easier it is for the next guy to come and bulldoze right over you. Get up. Get up and dust…

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Monday Mottoes – #122

It’s a new year. Possibilities and potential spread before us. There’s the tyranny of the urgent vying with the creative genius bottled up like a genie trying to get out. I count down to my own Via Dolorosa deadline 10 days distant and feel desperate. Put one foot in front of the other. Don’t give…

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Drop the Baggage

Hey! There’s a new year coming— wipe the slate clean, try, try again, get up and go, make those dreams come true! But before you do, you, here’s a tip: drop the baggage, just drop it. As a matter of fact, dump it— it’s only going to hold you back. I remember a song that…

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Fancy Party Foods

Like many this season, we’re hosting a party. Our neighbors throw them, our friends have them, the congregation enjoys presentations and receptions, the offices gather staff for good cheer. And living in DC, it’s easy for folks to go over the top with their celebrations. I try to keep it elegantly simple. But that doesn’t…

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Monday Mottoes – #119

I’ve heard it said, “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.” For most of us, we hope to make a contribution to the world around us and if others applaud our efforts, so much the better. Yet, in certain cases, what would happen if the wrong ones celebrate us and we take our cue from…

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Monday Mottoes – #112

I am a mind reader of sorts. It’s no mystery and certainly no occult power in my case. I simply observe an individual’s behavior. Whatever they’re dwelling upon will often take root in their life. See the outcome and it will reveal their thoughts that led to this. That’s not to say that bad things…

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Monday Mottoes – #110

Sharks are amazing sea creatures, not that I want to meet any up-close-and-personal anytime soon. I’ve glimpsed their distinctive fins floating silently past in the waters of the Red Sea and hippity-hopped out of that water faster than you could ever imagine. But the point is, sharks have to keep moving or they die. It’s…

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Monday Mottoes – #109

Failure. It’s a hard thing to swallow, even harder to admit. Maybe a business failure, a relationship failure, a childrearing failure, an academic failure. It hurts. It stings. It paints a big “L” for loser on the forehead. Or does it? A toddler learning to walk while falling down, bumping into furniture and tripping over…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

I have a friend whose husband recently passed away. And that’s the easiest part of the story. The rest has twists and turns and a bunch of real downturns. The husband didn’t have a will… and the two were estranged. But he was calling her… and trying to change his life… when all of a…

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Petya Turns 19

He’s cute, he’s sweet, he’s manly yet compassionate and understanding. He’s our son, Petya, adopted from Russia when almost eight years old, the one to come home at the youngest age, but our “first-born” in every way. The orphanage described him as a real “muzhchina”, a man’s man, strong and capable. They were proud of…