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My Benefactors

I began reminiscing about the mid 1970s when I perused the old snapshots that I took with my Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110 film camera. Although the images are not sharp by today’s photographic standards, the photos triggered some sharp memories. … Continue reading

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Generous

Although more than 40 years have passed since I needed help to survive, I’ll never forget the generosity of my great-uncle Ivan and great-aunt Betty. They were instrumental in helping a second-cousin and her son keep up with food and … Continue reading

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So Generous

“When a gift is deserved, it is no longer a gift; it is a payment.” I remember first hearing this statement as a teen, it’s a paraphrase of similar sayings. The words came to mind when an acquaintance showed off … Continue reading

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The Lesson Triggered By The Tray

As the process of decluttering, downsizing and general cleaning continued this week, I reflected upon a truism: “Possessions are generally diminished by possession.” I had just finished washing and carefully drying a vintage Mikasa food tray. The ornate plate is … Continue reading

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Give Something Away

“Oh yeah, all right. Are you going to be in my dreams. Tonight? And in the endThe love you takeIs equal to the love you make”–1969 by John Lennon and Paul McCartney The very short, final tune of the medley … Continue reading

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Expectations

The winter holidays are in full swing. That means, for most of us, we have high expectations about how they will turn out. The traditions are many and the hype surrounding them is overwhelming. The advertising is out of this … Continue reading

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Giving

We’ve already been bombarded with commercials and advertising that urge us to purchase holiday gifts. The ads may feature perfect smiling people in idyllic settings. We can count on there being some sort of holiday background music–perhaps sleigh-bells or a … Continue reading

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