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Just Exactly What We've Been Missing . . .

One of the best, and worst, feelings in life comes at that moment when we find out exactly just what we’ve been missing; when we come to grips with the fact that we once naively thought we had it all, and then came to understand that there was more, much more, out there, just waiting for us to discover it.

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The Magic of Our Most Sacred Holiday Traditions

Perhaps more than any other time of the year, the holidays remind us of the importance of tradition; the significance of those time-honored customs that flood our minds with memories, our souls with comfort and our hearts with a sense of peace that is rarely found at the center of any other season. 

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Laugh As If Nobody's Watching . . .

Sometimes I think Peter Pan had it right all along and maybe we should always hold tight to that childlike part of ourselves that seems to diminish with each passing year. That part of us that unintentionally makes our feet tap or our heads bob to the sound of a great song, that inner spirit that urges us to stomp a rain puddle, that tiny voice inside that tells us to dive, head first, into a freshly raked pile of leaves. 

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Even When All is Remarkably Quiet . . .


Sometimes, even when all is remarkably quiet, the room is dark, our eyes are shut and our pillows are situated just right, we still find it impossible to fall asleep.
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That Old House on Burton Street . . .

There are people in all of our pasts who have changed us, altered our beliefs or shifted our opinions and ideas about life and the world around us.

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A Postcard-Perfect Paradise

There are places all over the world that many of us dream of visiting - tropical beaches where crystal clear water washes against the white, sandy shore, historical cities with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings that whisper their past, or a foreign country rich with culture and ideas different than our own.
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The Moments We All Smiled For . .

Every once in awhile, when a wave of nostalgia rolls over me, I find myself digging out that old box, that tattered photo box with a missing lid on the top shelf of my closet, nearly collapsing from years of shuffle and wear.
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The Fourth of July

Each year, as the Fourth of July gets closer; brightly colored firework stands popping up through the cracks of parking lots all over the U.S. and the streets of our country neatly wrapped in stars and stripes, we are reminded, with each pop of a bottle rocket and each crackle of a sparkler, how truly fortunate we all are, the significance of our freedom and what it means to be an American.
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Life's Little Surprises

Life has a way of sometimes throwing us for a loop, putting a few potholes in our path and surprising us without the added bonus of confetti and balloons.
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More Powerful Than A Pie Chart

All of us, on a daily basis, are faced with a great deal of choices, some small and unimportant like whether or not to super-size our French fries, and others long-term and life changing.
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Friends . . the Truest & Most Rare Breed

There are times in all of our lives when the things we once believed to be true, real or forever prove themselves otherwise, times when the people that we trusted in shatter our perceptions of them and times when our hearts sink in our chests, the walls around us crumble at our feet, and the plans we once thought to be solid and secure, slip through our fingers like sand.
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Those Unforgettable Summers of Our Lives . . .

Every now and then, when the muggy, summer heat mingles with the patter of a fresh rain, we find ourselves reliving the long ago summers of our lives, the few months in between school years when we savored every ounce of daylight while peddling our way towards the next big adventure.

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Remembering to Breathe

Everyday we find ourselves competing in a race to get things done; we rise to the shrill sound of an alarm clock, speed to work, where we chug coffee before tackling task upon task, then speed back home to a list of household chores, a pile of laundry and the taunting reminder of yard work.
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Memorial Day: A Time to Remember

For many, Memorial Day weekend has always stood for a time to travel or enjoy vacations over the years; a three-day holiday that sends many off to the sandy beach shores or to a family-favorite campground.
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Life Lessons & Spaghetti-O's

As school comes to a close each year and the dreams of throwing a graduation hat into the sky come true for many high school seniors, it’s hard not to think back on who we were the day each of us traded in our cap and gown for a chance to face the world on our own.
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An Ode to Mom

As Mother’s Day approaches each year, we find that it gets more and more difficult to find the perfect gift for the woman who bandaged our scraped knees, kept out fevers down and dried our tears.
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A Child's Magic

When we are children every cloud takes the form of a circus animal, every smooth rock or broken seashell we find is a collectors item and every scoop of sand or dirt is a another dig closer to finding buried treasure.
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Looking Back

There are moments in all of our lives when we look back on the people we once were, the naïve and untainted days of our adolescence, the rebellious and complicated times of our teenage years or the eager and struggling years of our 20’s, each era involving a different version of ourselves, a different image that reflects the times and a different idea of the person we would become today.
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Fairy Tale Endings

In life, there is rarely a fairy tale ending to every story, rarely a brave knight galloping to our rescue or a magic can of pixie dust to grant us three wishes.
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Butterscotch Candies

It’s an old colored photograph, taken by a camera with no memory chip or digital screen. A little grainy and slightly faded, it’s one of my favorite childhood photos, my grandfather reading to me in his big, cushy recliner; my head resting on his chest, undoubtedly the comforting scent of his Old Spice cologne filling my nostrils.
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