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What’s Your Value

When I think about others or myself1, I do not think in terms of value. What comes to mind is someone’s laugh, or their smile or another personality trait that makes our connection a good one. When it comes to myself, I think on how I can make life a bit better for everyone no …

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I Never Expected It

In late July, my faithful weed eater would start sputtering after working for several minutes and then quit. The weed eater was sorely needed to clear a piece of our property. This eventually required me/Diane1 and my husband to travel to the local repair shop with my sick helper in tow. Upon arrival at the …

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The Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The property had an obstacle during the winter months and early spring; it rains an average of 15.7 inches from October through May in the Pacific NW. With the rain, a seasonal drainage swale divided the north of the land from the south. Thus, wading through the water provided the only means of access to …

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Hard Day, Huh?

They were tired and they were hungry, but they took the time to shower and change into clean clothes prior to visiting the restaurant. The couple were a bit older but cutting, splitting, then hauling and stacking the wood was still a job they could accomplish to get a job site ready. They must have …

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Affirmation of Who We Are

“We would love if you would stay here and work in our community, but we realize that many of you have been called to a different path. Please remember us and tell others who we are.” The preceding sentences are my memory of a portion of a speech that we attended for a graduation ceremony. …

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Sticky Business

The text received on the 20th of March said, “Lit the match first day of cooking”. In short code, one of my northern Wisconsin brothers is notifying us (his siblings), that his annual hobby1 of making syrup has started for another year. It is not an easy pastime to gather sap as the season is …

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The Power Of Tenacity

Every once in a while, a story inspires us. My recent journey of inspiration was an article that I initially read in the Wall Street Journal1 about a young, tattooed mother, Cibele Florêncio, who lived with her five-year-old son in her parent’s home. She earned a living by being a maid in a wealthy gated community. …

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Who Said Legos Was a Guy Thing?

During my last trip to New Zealand to visit my daughter and her family, the first thing my young granddaughter asked: “Can you play Legos with me?”. There were no rules. We just had fun, admired each other’s creations, and told stories about what we were doing. It was a great day – being together, …

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Little Random Moments Shaping Our Lives

It all started with maple syrup and an angel ornament made from a gourd. But first, one needs a bit of background: [A brother in Wisconsin has a maple syrup hobby – he sends it to Washington State – White Raven Financial1 gives the syrup as an annual client gift – grandkids sell excess syrup …

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What is Your Superpower?

It is late in the evening and my phone chimes to notify me that a text has arrived from a close friend. It is unusual for my friend to text late in the evening so I figured it must be important. Picking up the phone, I see: “What is your superpower? Everyone has one! Mine …

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