“There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.” -Muhammad Ali. Sometimes, the greatest pleasure of your day is a cup of coffee in the morning.  In coping with life after a near death I have  in no way minimized my expectations or goals, but …

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“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” ― Chuck Palahniuk. I have always felt a little out of place or like an observer of this great big fish bowl earth, that’s teeming with life. This was especially true after I was injured and found myself displaced from …

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“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”- Hans Christian Andersen. Every time I shed a little responsibility I imagine a pair of scissors cutting the string to  a tiny man that’s holding  me down. This makes the shedding of unnecessary  belongings and responsibilities a lot more fun. My …

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, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him.” positively. -Bob Marley. Whether you’re considered an artist or not, we all create something. What ever that something is, be it cooking, painting, playing an instrument, taking care of …

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“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach. As with every new year we get a clean …

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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”- Confucius. I’m absolutely positive that had I died, my Mother would deeply regret all the times She turned me away as a child asking Her to play.  Because childhood is precious and fleeting, and because many years later that same …

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“Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.”- Vaclav Havel. When a horrendous situation is thrust upon us, we often lament “Why me!?” However, a  better …

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“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” ― Theodore Roosevelt. Every day we choose to move forward  with hope,  with determination, with perseverance, and tenacity we have  casted our vote. Because, not every election is political. Many times we need to vote for ourselves, our future, our …

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  “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”- Abraham Lincoln. In the ever present stay calm and carry on posters they forget two words, and on. Therefore, they should read  Stay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we are  creatures of great resolve when we’re …

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“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott. The Jersey Shore is a testament to resilience, community, and triumph. It is a place that was nearly destroyed and its residents run off after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Yet  today it  still  stands  strong and as …

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