No 30 “Optimism is Essential to Achievement “July 26, 2019
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No 30 “Optimism is Essential to Achievement “July 26, 2019

“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” – Nicholas Murray Butler (1862 – 1947) American philosopher What does it mean to be optimistic? What is that life like as an optimistic person? The answers may vary. Ask a family with five children, a single working mom, an...

No 15 4-12-19 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
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No 15 4-12-19 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian polymath of the Renaissance   Rachael Ray has been my cooking hero for many years. Truly, I started cooking with her. Many are shocked at how plebeian I am when I confess she is my mentor. She is not a gourmet, she is...

No 11 3-15-19 “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
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No 11 3-15-19 “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian Nationalist The challenge to be the change that you want to see in the world is a lifetime goal. It is said that our lives and actions are the only scripture that others will ever read. What a...

No 07 2-15-19 “We must find the time to stop and thank…”
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No 07 2-15-19 “We must find the time to stop and thank…”

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who have made a difference in our lives.” – Dan Zadra (1984) Austrian politician and lawyer We just had Valentine’s Day, and this was a sweet Valentine’s Day for me. I was surrounded by love, friendship, harmony and gratitude. I had the time to spend with...

No 06 2-9-19 ” Power is the ability to do good things for others.”
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No 06 2-9-19 ” Power is the ability to do good things for others.”

“Power is the ability to do good things for others.” – Brooke Astor (1902 – 2007) American philanthropist Last night we held our fifth year of participation with Dancing with our Stars for St. Monica Parish Community. We took 6 parents and teachers from the schools and turned them into superstars. We had three hundred tickets...

No 05 2-1-19 “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
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No 05 2-1-19 “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) American First Lady and Political Activist I’m good at grunt work. I can tackle the things I don’t want to do or anyone else for that matter. There are so many tasks before me that I don’t think I can...

No 48 11-30-18 “How to Help Luck!”
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No 48 11-30-18 “How to Help Luck!”

“What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.” – Charles Victor Cherbuliez (1829-1899) French Novelist I have had a great deal of luck...

No 47 11-23-18 “Man lives by faith, hope and love!”
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No 47 11-23-18 “Man lives by faith, hope and love!”

“Man does not live by a turkey in every oven or a color TV set in every home. Man lives by faith and hope and love, by the star on the horizon, by the trumpet that will not call retreat.” – E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer In the quest to have as much material...

No 46 11-16-18 “A goal is a dream that has an ending
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No 46 11-16-18 “A goal is a dream that has an ending

“A goal is a dream that has an ending.” – Duke (Edward Kennedy) Ellington (1899 – 1974) American Composer Bandleader and Pianist For so many years I have read books about goals. I have spoken about goals, listened about goals, made and achieved goals, and set new goals for myself and for others. There have been...