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“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” ~ Carl Jung   Very few things are simultaneously as loving and painful as a kneading cat. Believe me, I would know; my cat, Wizard, is a twenty-pound bag of melted sugar and he regularly dispenses his love through the rhythmic action of his lion...
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North Carolina is a very pretty state, especially this time of year. While summers get a bit hot and humid, and winters can be quite cold at times, it is not a state where temperatures are habitually extreme, and spring weather is usually glorious.  This year glorious doesn’t even scratch the...
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“Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.” ~ Alice Meynell     When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to take me to ride my bike at a park near my house. One day, I fell and scraped both knees. After helping me get up, and brushing off the dirt of my...
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The past few weeks I have been obsessed with spring cleaning. As I scrubbed, I tried to remember all other times I have been overcome by such madness -- once, I was trying to keep myself busy to avoid hearing the evil voice of nicotine withdrawal, and the other three times I was nesting in...
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“Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.” ~Anon   There are many things I envision doing in the two hours I normally have for myself, after my children go to bed. Fixing items is definitely not one of them.   After dinner, my daughter decided...
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"Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want." ~ Hannah Whitall Smith   A few months ago I had a recurring dream. In the dream, my family and I were driving somewhere near the beach, and suddenly a wall of water rose from the ocean and formed an extremely tall...
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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -- Albert Einstein     Of all the things my children were blessed with, curiosity is certainly the trait that brings home the prize. They never tire of asking...
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Depressed teen
“In spite of everything I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh      While I was catching up with e-mail last night, I overheard a story my husband was following on TV – a man served...
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“In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt     One of the most intriguing things about listening to people describe news events is their tendency to...
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At any given moment one doesn’t know if something will happen – often a seemingly meaningless event – that will spark thoughts worth pondering over. One of those moments for me was two nights ago, when I cleaned out my fish tank.I pumped out half of the water and used a vacuum to suck up debris...
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“Emotions are the fuel to really move you along - that's the only way you can create music. If you don't feel any emotions, it's not going to happen.” ~ Jan Hammer     In one of her comments to one of my posts, friend and fellow writer Alice grist described how hearing of the success a...
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“Some closing of the gates is inevitable after thirty, if the mind is to become a creative power.”~ E.M. Forster   This past weekend, one of my close friends went on a spiritual retreat she attends several times a year, and decided to share the trip with another friend who occasionally travels with...
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“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” ~ Proverb of origin unknown   Although this wise, old proverb hints at the fact that we shouldn’t judge a gift by its monetary value, a few days ago I couldn’t help but come up with a slightly different interpretation for it.   A week ago, I woke up to a...
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Being passionate of all things spiritual, I became really intrigued when I read the editorial reviews of The Big Book of Soul. Finally I had the opportunity to read a book dealing with the spiritual practice of Hoodoo which focused on healing rather than hexing.   I went to a local bookstore to...
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I found out last week that the US printer has made a mistake on some of the copies of Housekeeping for the Soul they sent out to the distributor. By the time the mistake was discovered, the distributor had already sent out a shipment to Amazon. Although I hope that all faulty copies were retrieved...
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