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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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  • 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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  • What It Is - by Maida Korte “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!”–Anonymous             I spent last Sunday afternoon in my closet. After watching numerous videos on how to purge my wardrobe I was confident and committed to the task.  I understood that I was to try everything on, keeping only the items that I
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  • …..Late to the Game - by Maida Korte “Punctuality is the politeness of kings.”  – Louis XVIII of France           I used to be late all the time.  I am now late less and moving toward never but I can’t promise.   I come from good ‘lateness’ stock. My mother was late, my grand-mother on my mother’s side was late, my
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  • The Tool Belt - By Maida Korte “Ho, for the Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee!He was as wicked as wicked could be.But oh, he was perfectly gorgeous to see!The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.” (Mildred Plew Miegs)           Andy likes to do nice things for me.  His ideas as to what those nice things are come from his boy
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  • What To Do - by Maida Korte “Yes, terrible things happen.  But sometimes those terrible things – they save you.” (Chuck Palahniuk)             “I am a Russian interior designer.  Rip it out.”  I practice saying this out loud in the privacy of my car when I mentally review some projects after seeing them for the first time. This line
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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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