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    I've had several similar "coincidences" and I'm...

    I've had several similar "coincidences" and I'm very agnostic about how I feel with regard to messages from beyond. I tend to pray prayers of intercession a lot and if you are Christian, and...
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    No way. I had melamine dishes once--picked them...

    No way. I had melamine dishes once--picked them up at a garage sale and I liked them for a while because they were light and a cool retro color, but I wouldn't buy melamine now for the reason you...
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    I can't remember if I tipped our 1-800-JUNK guys,...

    I can't remember if I tipped our 1-800-JUNK guys, but if I didn't, DH probably did because we tend to be "when in doubt, tip" kind of people. If the guy hauling is the owner of the business I would...
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    Boy... It was very difficult to have my dad...

    Boy...

    It was very difficult to have my dad die homeless on the side of the building of the Bowery, and lose my mother when I was 45, after she had lost all her belongings in a fire. But I guess...
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    So, Trump is proposing that teachers who carry...

    So, Trump is proposing that teachers who carry will get Federal bonuses:


    Teachers who were qualified to handle a weapon — Mr. Trump estimated between 10 percent and 40 percent — would receive “a...
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    I feel the same way about Shakespeare (I know you...

    I feel the same way about Shakespeare (I know you probably do, too, razz--I know you go to Stratford for shows). There is SO MUCH rich language from Shakespeare that we've used in our speech, but I'm...
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    Old sayings and new

    I called an interviewee this morning at 9:45am, the time on my schedule. When I couldn't reach her after repeated attempts, I then re-read my schedule and saw that someone transposed the Eastern time...
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    I recall Gabor Mate saying in his book "When the...

    I recall Gabor Mate saying in his book "When the Body Says No" (Great book by the way*):


    “A therapist once said to me, 'If you face the choice between feeling guilt and resentment, choose the...
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    Having an arms race between teachers and students...

    Having an arms race between teachers and students in public schools just seems so wrong. All teachers ARE sheepdogs--they shepherd their students to knowledge, wisdom, prudence, civil behavior. ...
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    Loved Hillbilly Elegy.

    Loved Hillbilly Elegy.
  11. Great haul, IL! I responded to an ad for a free...

    Great haul, IL! I responded to an ad for a free queen mattress & box spring but it had already been taken and had a waiting list. But I did find a funky headboard on Craigslist or $70.

    Our big...
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    I agree with WS. It's how you're wired. It's not...

    I agree with WS. It's how you're wired. It's not a good thing or a bad thing. I don't think you are any less authentic or any more American if you find it hard to sit still. I've observed a lot of...
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    Have fun! Congratulations!

    Have fun! Congratulations!
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    My oldest son is just like that. He would...

    My oldest son is just like that. He would literally refuse bed--we could NEVER get him to sleep--but he would fall asleep at his high chair--his eyes would flutter and his exhausted face would fall...
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    I agree. Enota, the horrific nights awake and in...

    I agree. Enota, the horrific nights awake and in tears is not an insomnia problem you can fix with white noise or SleepyTime tea. You are simply taking the veil off of your feelings at night. During...
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    I just happened to recall that a couple of months...

    I just happened to recall that a couple of months before I quit I had read this book: Work Less, Make More: Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want!. I know it sounds like one of...
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    I agree about the Dinklage character. I'm...

    I agree about the Dinklage character.

    I'm familiar with McDonagh's theatrical works. I saw The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway--or Off.. can't remember--but I do remember it was VERY dark...
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    One of the reasons I got out of corporate life is...

    One of the reasons I got out of corporate life is because I felt I was becoming an example of the Peter Principle: “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”

    I...
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    Spoiler alert on 3 Billboards: I can see how...

    Spoiler alert on 3 Billboards:


    I can see how some groups were offended by 3 Billboards, but to be honest the best and most honorable people in that film were the cops. Woody Harrelson character...
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    Sounds good! Maybe I'll go to the zoo and chat up...

    Sounds good! Maybe I'll go to the zoo and chat up a gorilla.
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    Saw 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the...

    Saw 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the other night. Loved it.

    Saw The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet last week. Very cute and quirky, albeit a bit dark.

    Finally saw A Man Called Ove last...
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    Yeah, even he had no real answers, but at least...

    Yeah, even he had no real answers, but at least he raised the questions. I think that's important, especially when we are so steeped in the current paradigm we truly don't believe there could be...
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    Daniel Quinn died yesterday

    Just saw that Daniel Quinn, notable author of Ishmael and many other great books, died yesterday. I read Ishmael years ago--I had a major shift in thinking about many things after reading it--most...
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    Regarding upselling by dentists: I'm very lucky...

    Regarding upselling by dentists: I'm very lucky because my dentist is the only dentist I know who discourages me from some dental procedures. I went in with a toothache on both my upper and lower...
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    I've been close enough the edge to know how...

    I've been close enough the edge to know how stressful life can be. I've had to tell my son he couldn't go on a field trip with the other kids because we couldn't afford it. I've had to accept...
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