“The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.” —  Hermann Hesse. I can think of no other time where Hesse’s words are more appropriate than Christmas time. We are supposed to be full of joy,…

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Money is like manure. If you continue to pile it in one big pile all you have is something that stinks to high heaven. However if you spread it around it’s amazing what good it can do. —  Anon. A friend told me this analogy a while back. He was about to receive a good…

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During the holidays, I find myself wanting for moments of quiet and peace. How about you? One of the benefits of being near a park is that I can always escape there. It is a place as Wendell Berry says, “where one’s inner voices become audible.” I learned long ago that whenever I speak, my…

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It  was time to clean out the bookcase in my writing nook I was told, and after many stops and starts, I began moving the books, papers, and artifacts that badly needed dusting and arranging in some semblance of order. Underneath a very untidy stack of old art books were the journals of quotes I…

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The glory of light cannot exist without the shadows. — Winston Churchill. I know a lot about shadows, but they were never as bad as I feared. In fact, I learned a lot more while I was living in the shadows than when I was living in the sunshine of the moment. In our life,…

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