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Chains of Circumstance

“We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains – chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment – in a word, Circumstance – and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain.” – … Continue reading

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Mind over Matter

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain Can you imagine a world free of relatives? I certainly can. A carefree world in which people do not judge or criticize … Continue reading

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New Experiences

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all … Continue reading

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The Almost Right Word

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ~ Mark Twain, Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888 So the reading of the Constitution was interesting, … Continue reading

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Worry and Choice

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.” ~Benjamin Franklin Talking somebody down from the wall of worry is not an easy task. To do so you must deftly skirt accusations like “you … Continue reading

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Personal Association – Your Inner Child

“We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.” … Continue reading

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