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  • Paying Attention -  Maida Korte             “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”  Coco Chanel             Two times in my life I have had a friend offer to do a make-over on me.  Two times.  And these offers were in close proximity to each other.  I can take a hint – so I muffled an ‘okay I
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  • Paths Dimly Lit - Maida Korte “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers.”  –  John Wooden             When I was in sixth grade, Janet Babb’s mother informed my mom that I was too rambunctious to be allowed to attend her daughter’s horse riding party.  I was able to
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  • The Boys - By Maida Korte “I’m not trouble at all. I’m just a guy trying to get a girl to give him the time of day. I’m like every song on the radio.” – Hailey Abbott                         It was such a short time ago, it seems, when I was pregnant with Kimberly, my oldest daughter.  I
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  • Bed Time -           by Maida Korte “Was it for this I uttered prayers, and sobbed and cursed and kicked the stairs? That now, domestic as a plate, I should retire at half-past eight?”                                                             Edna St. Vincent Millay             What child likes bedtime?  Not one I know, except for the singular unicorn moment when so exhausted from
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  • Blinking - By Maida Korte           “We grow accustomed to the Dark –            When Light is put away –            As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp            To witness her Good bye –             A Moment – We Uncertain step            For newness of the night –            Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –            And meet the
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  • The Porch - I have always lived with a certain level of anxiety being an intense person by nature. I suppose that is why I fell in love with an old house. We came to smooth and soothe each other. I miss you old girl.
  • Moving - Maida Korte- “I give you this to take with you:Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you canbegin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”– Judith Minty  Since I had roots so firmly planted in city soil, uprooting them to move to the country would take some doing. Rather than focus on where
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  • Good Common Sense - By Maida Korte “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
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  • GPS - – Maida Korte “It ought to be plain how little you gain by getting excited and vexed. You’ll always be late for the previous train, and always on time for the next.”― Piet Hein Ever since a dog really did eat Johnnie’s homework, we have been looking for excuses for our imperfections and pardonable sins.   
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  • Trudy - – Maida Korte “Men shut their doors against a setting sun.” William Shakespeare         She came to the door with a large stemmed goblet in her hand filled with sparkling water.   In a deep gravelly voice she said, “Oh, it’s you….come in…..ANGELA….she turned her head and shouted in a direction behind her….I told you to
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