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Precious time

Yesterday, while I was trolling the internet, I stumbled over a notice for a charity walk that took place in my old hometown area last fall. It’s an annual walk to support the fight against world hunger, one I’d joined many times when I lived in the area. I think I smiled for a nanosecond, remembering how much fun I used to have, and then I skimmed the full headline. There was a name I…

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354 and Counting

Three hundred fifty-four. If my math is correct, that’s the total number of days left before the end of the Mayan calendar, which some believe foretells the end of the world…at least as we know it. This number isn’t something I’d ordinarily keep in my head, but my husband keeps repeating the count-down, using it for whatever purposes might suit our will of the moment. Want to buy something we  can’t afford? Pull out the…

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America Purpose of Life Writing

Resolutions schmesolutions

I never know in advance what I’m going to write about from week to week. Usually something has to strike me on a deep, emotional level for me to care enough to want to impose my thoughts on “the world.”  Some weeks the ideas jump at me from the front pages. Other weeks topics are sparked by a casual conversation. And some weeks, my idea bank is empty and I have to go trolling for…

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Do the uncharitible deserve our charity?

When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action. ~ Dinah Maria Mulock. * I noticed that quote this morning on Twitter. Just one of dozens of messages downloading on my screen every minute or so, it caught my eye because charity has been on my mind lately. Specifically I’ve been debating whether people who are uncharitable deserve charity from others. That dilemma doesn’t come in…

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I think I’ve got it!

I think I know how Eliza Doolittle felt on that fateful day when Professor ‘Enry ‘Iggins finally taught her how to vocalize her H’s! It’s that thrill of discovery, that shock of pleasure over a found 5-dollar bill. It comes unexpectedly, often when least expected—that sensation of sheer joy and rightness with the moment. Or maybe it’s more of a relief for me, relief that finally I’m starting to feel some of the Spirit of…

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Come on, people…get a grip!

As I write this, it’s a couple hours into “Cyber Monday,” the great on-line shop-a-looza that follows Black Friday and (something new this year!) Black Saturday…you know, your last chance to shave a few bucks off the perfect gifts for your loved ones, office mates, classmates and teachers…whomever among your circle of acquaintances needs “gifting”…until the next last chance to save money on the perfect gifts for the holidays. Yes, THE HOLIDAYS are officially here,…

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Unhappy is as unhappy does?

I once worked for a very wealthy couple who owned and operated their own business. They lived in a mansion in one of the nicest parts of town, both drove big luxury cars, and sent their kids to the best schools in the country. And when their kids graduated college, they either gave them jobs in their firm or purchased them their own companies. (Seriously. And that’s outside of graduation gifts!) At the time I…

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Thank you, New Jersey

New Jersey gets a bad rap. I know that because I spent most of my growing and adult years in the state named for its gardens but known for its highways. It’s the state where I raised my children, the state where I learned to drive, learned to cook (well, sort of), and learned the love of writing. So it’s fitting, to me, that it’s the state where I was reminded, this past weekend, of…

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Purpose of Life Sports

Competition is for the Competitive

By now anyone who follows motor sports knows that IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was killed yesterday (October 16) in the 12th lap of the Izod IndyCar season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-time Indy 500 winner (and reigning Indy 500 champ) started at the back of the pack, and was racing toward a $5 million bonus if he could make it to the front, with another $1.5 million promised to some lucky…

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