Monthly Archives: November 2011

She did it with a smile – Vena Mapu-Finau

Tragedy brings us together. That statement in itself is tragic. When someone dear to us is taken so suddenly we wonder what we could have done different, grapple for the words that can describe our emotions – but how can … Continue reading

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Find pure meaning in your gratitude

Imagine this – you are driving up a long, winding mountain road. You are surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. It is an alpine paradise. Snow covered mountains dotted with fir and pine, crisscrossed by … Continue reading

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Kindness is being neighborly

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve ~ Joseph Joubert When I was a kid, West Jordan, Utah was like any other place in Smallville, USA. Our tiny neighborhood consisting of a little more than … Continue reading

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No platitudes for my gratitude

It’s been five days since my last post and some of my friends and family are wondering if I’m losing interest in my blog. Well, the answer is, ‘yes’….and ‘no’. ‘No’ because I love the creative process of writing short … Continue reading

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The Hate-O-Meter is working overtime

Outside the wall of windows and the double doors that lead to our backyard is what appears to be an indomitable task – a mountain of brittle leaves, fallen from the half dozen trees that dot the yard. In the … Continue reading

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Vision pertains to more than sight

I woke up today and realized that I’m still living the life I was living when I went to bed. What do you gather from that statement? Without any further information you can make one of two very general assumptions … Continue reading

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No excuse for child sexual abuse

Perhaps I should rephrase that title to say, “No excuses for abuse of any kind” but I would like to address sexual abuse this time around in response to the recent controversies and reports surrounding Penn State University. I confess … Continue reading

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