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Feb.24.2010
Kathleen Norris writes of the special blue of Dakota's sky. Painters and artisans extol the light in the South of France. Land formations in and around Asheville, North Carolina are said to share properties of the Fertile Crescent of the Old Testament. The effect of these claims on me is suspension...
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Feb.21.2010
Thinking Like a Child   1.  I don’t think people die; they just graduate.  2. I see people with grumpy faces, but I know there’s something better in their hearts.  3. My grandfather would bid me sit with him on the porch swing of his modest house. That was nice.  4. There’s still nothing quite as...
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Feb.18.2010
(Keats’s young lover as portrayed by Abbie Cornish in the film Bright Star)  Fanny had a face full of character and gave true love. She held inside her borders plum ripe fullness— dark warm red with an infrequent smile that lit when it came, poised, not bent, for life’s harmony, a destiny she...
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Feb.14.2010
Signs And Symbols 1. Symbols are all around you, sending messages to your spirit that won’t come from a book or even a close friend. 2. Nature is a rich source of symbolic messages. Countless! All you have to do is open your heart. 3. The timing of events may seem arbitrary or capricious. Not...
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Feb.10.2010
1. Palms San Diego, hit by a storm is a city of joy. There is a drought and it still goes on. The rain came as a zephyr off the ocean, beat on our skylight like a bad drummer and sucked me in as I turned my ear. The wind was a slow-creeping giant that finally ripped with its powers and captured...
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Feb.07.2010
All you fans of the global conspiratorial novel by the likes of Clancy, Flynn, Balducci, Ludlum and Follett, I have a veering-away option. Try a book I just completed, The Foregn Correspondent by Alan Furst. As a smooth writer with a suspenseful story not bathed in lurid shock, he places himself in...
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Feb.07.2010
You and your CEO   1. Nobody likes to fire people. That includes CEOs. They usually delegate this tough job to subordinates.    2. Are your CEO’s sights set on the long range health of the business rather than her comp package and personal exit strategy?  3. Is your CEO rooted? Does she strike you...
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Feb.03.2010
I awake in the bare bedroom, the shade pulled full down over the room’s lone window. Yet the day is bright and the sun casts a thin wall of radiance past the shade’s edge, cutting the room into two triangles. Lying on my side, peeking past the pillow’s upraised corner with one eye I see through...
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Jan.31.2010
Dark Night of the Soul   1. "The best way out is always through." Robert Frost   2. Wrapped tight with no footing, loneliness, an implosion to this day unmatched.   3. He'd had a hard night. One shoe, high quality, was in the gutter. I'll leave it there. He might be back....
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Jan.27.2010
We spent dinner last night with a couple we deem dear. Ease is our union. Three   hours together, time was as fleet afoot as a determined west wind. This   morning, though, I'm dazzled by that humble chair. I have little recollection of how it held me so well   and inflicted no...
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Jan.24.2010
Juicing Juicing Up the Ordinary  1. "Form ever follows function," wrote architect Louis Sullivan. Cite true function-not rhetoric-and you can juice up a lot of dry dirt.  2. I seek signs and feelings for what wins my heart for our dwelling, each and every day. How do we bend- our house...
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Jan.20.2010
Last week I saw a movie that touched me— “Crazy Heart,” starring Jeff Bridges as a down-and-out, talented country singer and composer. He calls himself “Bad Blake” and refuses revealing his real name. Alcoholic and afflicted with emphysema, he loses the woman he loves. His forehead pressed...
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Jan.19.2010
Die-hard baseball fans, here it is, a book on your sport by insders for insiders. Truly, it could bore others because this is a cornucopia of detailed strategies in lock-step for pitching and hiting by two of the best who ever played the game. Authors are pitcher Bob Gibson--a man of indescribable...
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Jan.17.2010
What It Means To Be Self-Assured 1. You don’t make things happen as much as you let them happen. 2. Moderation and poise come with time, but you can start early. 3. You don’t just ask questions, as critical as that is, you also make statements negotiated between your head and heart. 4. Initiative...
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Jan.14.2010
What is your question— the one aimed at joy in your life?  You could say, I think, that                       the hit song “What’s it all about Alfie?” from the movie with Michael Caine some 40 years ago                       is a start.                       But that’s about it.  I believe...
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