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Gray Works Magic

We kids (there were seven of us!) entered lots of art contests growing up.  I won a 12-speed bike in an Easter coloring contest sponsored by our local hardware store.  My brother Matt won some money…and a party up in the penthouse of the Science Museum of Minnesota (at the old location) for his colored […]

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Remember One Thing

I’ve just finished my last book review (until I get another stack of books), and I’m on to the next thing: Liliana’s birthday this Sunday.  This will be her first birthday celebration ever–that we know of–and I’m concocting a few surprises, so she’ll learn what it is to feel like the birthday girl. We’re celebrating […]

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Living Fearlessly

This is from The Tao Te Ching.  It reminded me of my little one, how exuberantly she takes life in, and my hope is that I will live this, too. Every one of us is born, and everyone dies. However, three of every ten seem to be born to live, three seem to be born […]

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Collecting Quotes, Poems, and Tidbits

It’s Monday, the beginning of another week.  Do you need a quick pick-me-up?  Do you need encouragement?  Well, grab that coffee cup and sit right on down now, you hear?  I’ll send a few tidbits your way. This is from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Renascence” (lines 203-214): The world stands out on either side No […]

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Fairy Gardens & Circuses

Well.  Humph.  Who knew that a child could hold more interest than a circus (for us)?  Oh, the joy on her face!  The surprise!  The wide-eyed delight!  Obviously, she can’t stop talking about Cirque du Soleil, and Dan and I can’t stop talking about her.  It was a hit. Here she is watering her fairy […]

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