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“The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”– Aesop There were few readers of classic literature and fiction in my family, so there was little encouragement to explore … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Talent

My late brother Mark once remarked that the two of us were failed artists. We both had a good laugh because it was largely true. Our sketches and doodlings were uninteresting to others outside of the family. Even our father … Continue reading

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Courage Hoss

The combination of distant rumbling thunder and a revving Harley Davidson motorcycle awakened me about 1:00 early this morning. It took half-an-hour to re-establish sleep because of worry over predicted severe weather. NOAA had been predicting a spate of thunderstorms with … Continue reading

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No Discouraging Words

Earlier this week, the weather conditions were warmer than normal, the wind speed was low, and the sky was mostly clear. This put me in the frame of mind to enjoy a stroll on the “Cowboy Trail” southwest of Norfolk. … Continue reading

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It’s easy to tear people down, criticize them, degrade their basic humanity, and try to turn them into outcasts. In today’s hyper-negative American culture, it’s helpful to mentally step back, take a few deep breaths, and ponder some encouraging thoughts. … Continue reading

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The general manager at one of the companies that employed me circulated a memo regarding encouragement. In it, he stated that he did not believe in providing it. Since the employees were engaged in a profession that we chose and … Continue reading

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So Encouraging

We did not become who we are without the inspiration and support of others.  That’s quite a claim, isn’t it?  Think about the people who showed confidence in our abilities and inspired us with hope. There are those who stimulated … Continue reading

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