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The ultimate gift

She. Doesn’t that just say it all. She just makes things clearer. She cuts through the nonsense. She gets to the core of the core. She doesn’t buy into the tall stories. She seeks and requests the simple truth.  She enters the room and the light goes on. I marvel at the authentic quality of […]

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It’s all good in the big top

It’s all good. That was the comment and the commitment. It was said almost matter of factly.  It’s all good. It was said at a moment in time when anyone else would have said anything but that. It was a challenging moment. It was a time when it would be easy to turn away and […]

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It’s impossible not to dream

It’s Impossible.  For some reason that song always was played by my dad when I was growing up. It was one of the few albums he bought that he would play on the little mono record player in the corner room up the stairs, at the end of his 12 hour work day. It was […]

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Camelot and the quest

Can there be a heroic way to live a life especially in a time that seems so unheroic.  The day is filled with such nonsense and triviality. Fame is found by the good, the bad and the terrible on a regular basis.  The media chases after the unusual, even if it is the baddest of […]

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The look up and out

Soul of the earth. That is what I call him.  I don’t know his name. I don’t know where he comes from. For years he has simply stood there, arms folded, looking out over the horizon. The blanket is covering his shoulders. He looks completely content. He looks completely whole. He gives me the sense […]

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Value and your word

What has value. What has worth. What brings meaning to your day.  It just seemed so clear to me.  It starts with good intentions. The words and deeds mean nothing without the good intentions. How often do we hear the right things said but we just know the positive intention does not back the words […]

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A child, a walker and a song

I saw him out of the corner of my eye. He was using a walker to get from the front door to his table in the restaurant. The younger woman with him was trying to help him but she seemed uninvolved.  It appeared to be the chore of the moment.  He just looked so sad […]

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The look back, change and a glass of wine

What does change look like.  What does change feel like.  Tonight it looked like and felt like a lone figure sitting at a corner table , back to the rest of the restaurant, facing a big floor to ceiling window over looking a lake. With the storm coming in the water was rough and the […]

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The final effort and the possibility

It was a tough one. Especially in the “box” , as we all lovingly call the Crossfit space, with the heat and humidity being at, what seemed to be, crazy highs. But there we were, the warriors of the morning. Rings dips. Snatches. Jumping rope. Squats and more. Over and over and over. As I […]

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A coffee and a smile

All she said was that it was good seeing me this morning. She had this big smile on her face. She said she just looked forward to me coming in to get the morning coffee. I smiled and thanked her for her kindness. That’s all. But it got me thinking about the simple kindnesses that […]

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