Unexpected paths. Unimagined destinations.

by Jan on September 30, 2011

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. You may find yourself in another part of the world. You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a (…)

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Hope is a “bear necessity” of life.

by Jan on September 28, 2011

“In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost” ~ Anne Sophie Swetchine Have you heard that HOPE is missing? The famous black bear, Hope that is. A search for Hope has been going (…)

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Fall cleaning.

by Jan on September 23, 2011

“In times like these, it’s good to remember that there have always been ‘times like these.’ You can get through this better and stronger, and more able to live life victoriously.” – Paul Harvey To clean out our closet and (…)

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Quiz master

by Jan on September 20, 2011

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told:  “I am with you kid. Let’s go.” ~ Maya Angelou Life is a journey. I’ve encountered a lot of turbulence along the way on mine. Many times I needed someone (…)

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Part II: A Decade Later – Coping and hoping.

by Jan on September 16, 2011

Click here to read Part I of “A decade later – Coping and hoping.” RUTH USEM… “Unimaginable.” That’s how Ruth Usem recalls the memory of that morning. The phone rang at a few minutes after 8 a.m. It was her (…)

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A Decade Later – Coping and hoping.

by Jan on September 15, 2011

Now that the tsunami of 9/11 anniversary coverage has more or less subsided, I thought I’d share the very personal story of how two dear friends continue to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy in lower Manhattan ten years (…)

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Where there’s life, there’s hope.

by Jan on September 9, 2011

I have been thinking a lot  about trees. It started with the September 5th issue of The New Yorker.   One page jumped out at me.  It was a magnificent illustration of a pear tree from the Sketchbook of noted artist (…)

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Sweet harvest.

by Jan on September 7, 2011

“Whether you tend a garden or not, you are the gardener of your own being, the seed of your destiny.” ~ The Findhorn Community I’ve waited all year for fresh corn roasted with butter, soft fuzzy peaches, the taste of (…)

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“I’m fine. . . .”

by Jan on September 2, 2011

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” ~ Rolling Stones In a phone call with my grandson today, I learned another lesson about hope.  It went (…)

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