Pint Sized Wisdom

by Jan on July 28, 2011

Have you listened to a kid lately? Really listened? Kids are amazing! How they see the world is so hopeful, joyful, and filled with possibility. I saw this video on Monday and it made me smile. It gave me a (…)

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Frame of reference is everything when it comes to measuring success.

by Jan on July 25, 2011

No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson My dear cousin, Lois, read this poem to me by Kay Ryan from the July 25th issue of the New Yorker Magazine. It reminded me (…)

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Getting to the heart of HOPE

by Jan on July 22, 2011

Regular readers of this blog remember me taking issue with Ann Patchett following her recent appearance in the Twin Cities (Hating Hope? on June 30).  Well, I’m not the only one who did not agree with Ms. Patchett’s take on (…)

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Things may not be that grim after all.

by Jan on July 20, 2011

“Tough times are there so you can have a good time later on– and really appreciate it!” ~ Unknown No one knows the future, and the present might seem bleak, but British scientist Matt Ridley, author of this article makes (…)

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Was I Crazy or Inspired? You Decide.

by Jan on July 18, 2011

“To Fall Down Is No Crime. To Lie There Is A Sin.” – Jean Nidetch, Founder of Weight Watchers These words changed my life. It was 1967 and I had already lost almost 100 pounds with Weight Watchers. As I (…)

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The sweetest truth

by Jan on July 15, 2011

“Here‘s to something more powerful than chocolate.  HOPE.” (Dove candy wrapper) “Here, give this to Jan.  She’ll know what to do with it.” Kris’s friend sent me a message via an empty wrapper from a Dove chocolate candy. I looked (…)

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More taxi driver wisdom

by Jan on July 13, 2011

Sitting in a hotel room with nothing to do, just a few hours after meeting Fabio (The World’s Greatest Taxi), I tuned in to this simple, easy to watch, warm-hearted movie featuring another taxi driver’s wisdom. The driver offered Annie (…)

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The pearly greats

by Jan on July 8, 2011

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. ~ Aesop Many years ago I went on a search for a string of pearls and ended up finding something that changed my life. I had wanted (…)

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The sanctity of the struggle

by admin on July 7, 2011

“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.” – Shelby Steele One day, a man found an emperor moth cocoon. He took it home so he could witness the emergence of the moth within. (…)

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Hey good looking!

by Jan on July 6, 2011

“Laughter is beautiful.  Kindness is beautiful.  Cellulite is beautiful.  Softness and plumpness and roundness are beautiful.  It’s more important to be interesting, to be vivid, and to be adventurous than to sit pretty for pictures.  The soft tummy of a (…)

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