Time is the Substance From Which I Am Made…

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“Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened.” —Cora Harvey Armstrong “You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen.  But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.” —Marie Stopes The arrival of a brand New Year (always a treat to be able

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Posted on December 29th 2011 in Life, Loving Life

Memories of My Father

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I’ve been thinking about my Father a lot this Holiday Season.  Missing him… wishing he were here with me and Dakota to watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the umpteenth time. Papa was a rare bird.  He laughed a lot and taught me useful things… how to hang storm windows… how to recite poetry with

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Posted on December 23rd 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

My New Year’s Resolution

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I can’t think of a better New Year’s Resolution than to try to live up to the gentle truths of my father’s philosophy, so I’d like to offer them to you in this little poem I wrote about him, both as a loving remembrance, and as a tribute to the kind of old fashioned values

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Posted on December 23rd 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Christmas Past

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The ghosts of Christmas past  Wandered by my tree just now A cup of tea in hand, I stopped To admire the sweetness of the nearly trimmed tree And there you were My Mommy and Daddy Young and shiny, hopeful as when On Christmas morning I’d open the presents You’d saved to buy.

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Posted on December 16th 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Christmas Thoughts….On the Virtue of Being Naïve

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A friend chided me gently at lunch the other day for being naïve at my advanced age, and tending to believe the best of people.  At first, I was hurt, then I tried to decide if she might be trying in her kindly way, to help me.  A friend’s eye is a good mirror, they

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Posted on December 16th 2011 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

The Timeline of Dreams

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Life breaks everyone’s heart somehow, somewhere in time.  Betrayal or death or illness or failure or war or most any tragedy can do the deed.  The question is what happens then?  In that dark night of the spirit, how do we live till morning?  How do we resilient, courageous, fragile, faltering humans take our licks

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Posted on December 9th 2011 in Sorrow, The Philosopher’s Teacup

List for Dakota

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My daughter Dakota is just about to graduate from college, and I have the awful maternal fear that I might have forgotten to tell her something that’s really important. So I made a list. I know the accumulation of wisdom is a lifelong task and can’t be hurried or culled from someone else’s hands –

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Posted on December 2nd 2011 in Notes to My Daughters, The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women
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