“Turn camera off!”

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962 One of my nieces has an adorable daughter named Nora. Nora’s a little more than two years old, but she’s already showing that she’s smarter than a lot of adults. Not long ago, Nora and her parents spent an afternoon exploring a petrified forest. My niece was documenting some of their time on video so they’d have a record of the experience. A minute into the video, Nora turned to …
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Someone to like you

Trying to control or change what we can’t only results in torment. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Not long ago, there was a Peanuts cartoon featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy that stood out for me. If you aren’t familiar with Peanuts, the characters are young children, maybe five or six years old, and the story lines, though funny or entertaining, can touch on real-life issues. Lucy is a strong-willed, self-assured girl, while Charlie Brown is the kid that never gets anything right; no matter what he does, somehow it turns out wrong. On this occasion, Charlie Brown was lamenting the fact that …
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Getting or giving

Real life is being things on the inside, not getting things on the outside. Ralph Parlette 1870 – 1930 This little incident took place a few years back, at a gathering for some of our extended family. We’d finished lunch and the children had settled into play mode. The weather was nice, so most of the children were playing outside, but there was one toddler sitting in the middle of a pile of toys. He had picked out one toy and was deeply engaged in it. Then another child about the same age wandered into the room. The newcomer fixed …
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