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Monday Mottoes – #104

I told you about a friend who was having one surgery, when another organ was nicked in the process and she was rushed to a different university hospital to have that fixed. Meanwhile, the couple’s grown kids had been secretly planning to send them on a European cruise in six weeks’ time and had to…

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Does Slow and Steady Work?

In a word, no. Whoever said, “Slow and steady wins the race” was obviously not intent on getting anywhere fast. Putting one foot in front of the other is always a good idea. When it comes to exercise, many are the days when I pull myself out of bed early in the morning, or stay…

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Capacity Building

Recently, I’ve been considering capacity building—whether in terms of human potential, mental capacity, financial capacity, leadership capacity and organizational capacity. What are the attitudes or beliefs or practices that limit us in life? Is the desire to change and expand ourselves enough? Or are some folks, no matter how earnest they are, simply incapable of…

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My Little Lost Car

As with any adventure, good or bad, it’s a long and twisted story that actually started out short and sweet. I was travelling to visit a friend in a semi-distant hospital. She had gone through surgery… when something went wrong. The surgeon made a mistake and knicked another organ. Rushed by ambulance to a teaching…

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Female Killers

Bambi, look out. Killing is going mainstream. Some are celebrating and defending it, while others are horrified and condemning it. Our moral compass appears to be broken. Does this bother you? Now that a semi-famous lion has been killed by an American dentist, we have a giraffe-slaying huntress posting pics of her many kills, as…

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Coffee With Healthful Spices

The jury is still out on coffee and whether or not it’s good for you. Or not harmful, at least. Is water-processed decaf as dangerous as chemically-processed decaf? Is that as beneficial as caffeinated? Being more Euro-oriented in my younger days, I used to laugh at the Americans who needed to have a dusting of…

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Monday Mottoes – #100

Our oldest son is home and I can breathe a sigh of relief. He journeyed solo to and from New York City, had many wonderful experiences, and all is well. Petya got to spread his wings and be independent, while enjoying a great group of older teens. I got to thinking about how kids express…

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Selfie Accidents in Russia

Quick-! What could be more dangerous than a Lada-driving Russian careening over crowded sidewalks simply because the streets are even more congested with traffic? Apparently it’s a Russian taking a selfie, you know, that narcissistic self-portrait that most Americans are satisfied to take in the privacy of their own bathroom, but Russians have to take…

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The Beautiful Boutique Clothing Swap

Our group of ladies had a great idea: switching out clothing that we had outgrown, or, on a brighter more hopeful note: perhaps shrunken out of-! So on the appointed night, we would gather with some old, but nice offerings to give away. In the meantime, I had to run the gauntlet at home. My…

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My Comb

Never let it be said that I don’t bring my readers the most riveting of social commentary. I mean, if Solomon could speak of the wisdom of ants and consider how they are organized and work diligently compared to some human beings, well then, I might be able to make observations about… things as diverse…