I’m a Riser

For Paris-The City of Light I'm a riser I'm a get off of the ground, don't run and hider Pushin' comes to shove Hey I'm a fighter When darkness comes to town, I'm a lighter A get out aliver, of the fire A Survivor.   -Dirks Bentley On the dark ashen night of September 11th, 2001 in New York

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It’s the Quality of Love that Counts

Over the last year, my mother and my son Charlie embarked on quite an exciting adventure researching our family history. As it turns out, the family tree is laden with intrigue, scandal, royal liaisons, great betrayals, many a love tryst and triangle, an unfortunate decapitation or two, children banished to

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Follow your Bliss!

"Follow your bliss." -Joseph Campbell "Put your derriere where your hearts wants to be." -Steven Pressfield "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don't bring forth what is within you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you."-Gospel of Thomas Gioachino Rossini is

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Not Another PB&J

The lunch bell rings at noon everyday on the construction site. Hammer and nails are exchanged for lunch pales and thermoses. "Not another Peanut butter and jelly sandwich," the foreman complains as he opens the wax paper folded neatly around his sandwich. "I hate peanut butter and jelly." He bemoans to

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A Sentient Being

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain “Never forget that life can

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Not enough tears

In memory of my first bunkmate at camp, Chapman Quantz McMeekin Over the last month my family has admired a mother Robin preparing for the arrival of new life. The nest was a work of art, even including a piece of mint floss, a shred of a left-over yogurt pop, and

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Tomato, Tomahto?

"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" You say either and I say either, You say neither and I say neither Either, either Neither, neither Let's call the whole thing off. You like potato and I like potahto You like tomato and I like tomahto Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto. Let's call the whole

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The Little Way

Her name was Marie-Francoise-Thérèse Martin. But most know her today as Saint Thérèse of Liseaux or "Little Flower." At the age of nine, Thérèse determined she would become a French nun. On a pilgrimage to Rome with her father, she had the pluck to ask Pope Leo XIII for a special favor

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Talking Trees

A Spring Conversation Rose: (The inquisitive 4 yr old) "Mama, can trees talk?" Charlie: (The imaginative 12 year old) Of course they can Rose. Why do you think both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien put talking trees in their books?  Mom: (The 40-something tree hugger) Rose, I think trees are good listeners.  (Rose smiles with

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