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Taking Chances

Giving someone a chance is like selling them a raffle ticket. If they win the raffle, what do they win? Friendship and love are neither gifts nor prizes. Nobody gives another person a chance. When we welcome somebody into our lives, we expect to get something in return.

Ask not

President John F. Kennedy

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard came from President John F. Kennedy.

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

For years this seemed backwards to me. What was so profound about asking what I can do for my country? It was me that needed the help. Then the other day, it came to me in a blinding flash of insight.

Take Time to Hang Your Hat

hanging hat

I can be a pretty assertive person, often bordering on aggressive. Once I worked for a boss who used to regularly tell me, “Give me a few minutes to hang up my hat and coat, okay?”
He would say it even when he was wearing neither coat nor hat.

Why Get Married?

wedding cake

As sexuality become less inhibited, popping the question often becomes the question. Satirically put, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? "

Alone in the Dark

street scene

10 ways to feel safe and be safer.

You may not need a nightlight at bedtime, but walking after nightfall can give you the shivers on the warmest of nights. How can you stay safe without becoming an amateur warrior?

Open Letter to Facebook (or it could be)

eye on facebook

photo credit: Geralt

Facebook has promoted itself as a place where I can meet and keep in touch with friends, both near and far away. There are some things they could do to make it easier.

World Without Walls

Hot Air Balloon Fest
Photo credit: Alfred Lichtenhauer

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. John Lennon"

Staying Related

Just Married

Just Married

How do you get from here ↑ to there ↓ ?

Still Married

Still Married

Alone Again

Kitten Alone

The Girl Scout song goes,

"Make new friends but keep the old.
One is silver and the other is gold."

…but sometimes we can't "keep the old."

Photo credit: George Bonev

Slow Down: Children at Play

toddlers playing

It is through play that we nurture our imagination, creativity, and ingenuity. If you give a child the opportunity to play, along with the playfulness, he will carry those characteristics into his adult life.



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