Category: Essay

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Adopting a pet for life

  “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog the world will change forever.” ~ author unknown November 3 – 9 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week...

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Do we need laws to fight discrimination? Yes we do

A friend posted a lovely statement on her Facebook page last week which said, “Instead of making more government laws, let’s raise a generation that doesn’t discriminate.” It’s a nice idea, one that perhaps every generation has hoped...

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8 woofs of wisdom for the New Year

I am not really one to make New Year’s resolutions, because I think anytime is a good time to make changes, improvements and adjustments. But, during the holidays I spent a lot of free time...

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Giving your heart to a dog

When you give your heart to a dog, you’re setting yourself up to the inevitable fact that you are likely to outlive them. Life with any pet means a lot of love and companionship, but...

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A Father’s Day memory

(I wrote this three years ago today, on June 15, 2011. I reprint it here in honor of Father’s Day and my dad Pat.)   I opened his closet door and reached for the...

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The children are watching…

What I saw: The mom had a vise-like grip on her little boy’s arm as she dragged him over to the bench in front of the store. His little legs scrambled as fast as...

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Our lives as a highlight reel

Have you ever sat at lunch and listened to a friend go on and on about all the wonderful things that are happening in her life? She just got back from a glorious trip...

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Finding your own voice

(Martha Graham)  “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression...

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The journey IS the destination

(photo credit) “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~ Greg Anderson  The other day I was standing in a store line semi-eavesdropping...

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Letting the universe work for us

Have you ever had the amazing experience of everything falling into place, unexpectedly, just the way it was supposed to? When it happens, we are filled with gratefulness. Because we never know when we’ll...

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Rescuing your dreams from the “place that never was”

(source) I recently read a delightful book called “The Traveler’s Gift,”by Andy Andrews. It is about David Ponder, a former executive in a Fortune 500 company who now works a part-time minimum wage job...

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Lessons from a dad on Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share some of the ‘dadisms’ from my father, Pat Murphy, a journalist, writer, political commentator and one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. Throughout...

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The enduring power of the written word

The written word is really a miracle. Except for some style and grammatical changes over the generations, it remains constant and allows us to carry knowledge, thoughts and history through time. Speech is limited, and memories of the mind only last so long. But through the written word, we can preserve information and ideas, and share them for all time.

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A job loss doesn’t mean a loss of identity

“All the world is a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances; Each man in his time plays many parts.”  ~ William Shakespeare (photo source)   Often...

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Marshmallows and the meaning of life

The campfire crackles and spits sparks into the black night sky and I watch as the tiny orange dots float up, up, toward the silvery moon and stars, like little fireflies lilting and meandering...

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Reverb 10 : 5 minutes to remember a year

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” ~ James Matthew Barrie, creator of Peter Pan I’m participating in a month-long blogging challenge called Reverb10 during which I am posting a response...

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26 expressions of gratefulness

One of my favorite movies is the 1946 holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The movie centers on George Bailey, a kind man who has always been there to help others, but has grown...