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  • To Cathy on her 70th Birthday - Todd And His Bride With love from Maida “Love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration finds,Or bends with the remover to remove:O no! it is an ever-fixed markThat looks on tempests and is never shaken.” –  Sonnet 116 – Shakespeare I watched my brother fall in love.  My older brother Todd was always good.  
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  • Ready - by Maida Korte             “Poor Mole stood alone in the road, his heart torn asunder, and a big sob gathering, somewhere low down inside him, to leap up to the surface presently, he knew, in passionate escape…………the wafts from his old home pleaded, whispered, conjured, and finally claimed him imperiously…”  – Kenneth Grahame             According
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  • At the Very Least - “The way you do small things is the way you do all things” – Jens Wolff             Well, you know what time of year it is and I don’t need to add to the incredible marketing push to get you to join a gym, eat better, address your sagging skin receding thinning hair aging face
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  • Sounds - “The queer little noises that no one explains, ‘Til the moon through the slats of my window blind rains.” (Unknown)           Little sounds in the country keep me up at night, but I’m learning to cope, slowly.   I knew I had a problem when I was irritated one morning by the sound of birds chirping. 
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  • Pomp and Circumstance - “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”  – Hamilton Wright Mabie I have never been known as regal but I do like the occasional bit of ceremony.  For example, preparing my dining room table for family and guests is something I do one day ahead of time so
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  • Good Common Sense - “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”     – Leonardo da Vinci Building a large and safe house starts with digging down first into the unknown rock and mud below.  It is easier to start this way since the expectations of function and aesthetics are on paper and inefficiencies are not mocking you as you begin. 
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  • Creating Family Fun during the Holidays -             By Maida Korte “Play is the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers When I was a little girl we always had dinner together as a family.  All of our school work from the day’s labors at the school mines was placed next to my father’s dinner plate for his perusal while we ate.  He
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  • The Simple Joy of Entertaining - The Holidays are fraught with a hectic pace - slow things down - here are three helpful tips for joyous family dinners.
  • We Want Stuff - My early days of earning money to buy the necessities of life taught me more than dollars and cents.
  • Not Allowed - What is not allowed in child-hood forms much of our behavior as adults.
  • Hit It - by Maida Korte “……I play each point like my life depends on it.”  – Rafael Nadal The chatter can be heard from beyond the glass door as I peak inside before entering.  Pretty women with manicured nails and bouncy pony tails lace up colorful shoes.  Smart gals all, accomplished and smiling with white teeth and
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  • Beyond Mediocrity - Maida Korte “Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?”“I’ve felt it all my life,” she said.”  (Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged)           The final scene in the film ‘Amadeus’, Salieri is wheeled down a corridor proclaiming that he is the master
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