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Month: May 2014

Caregiving Monday: When Heaven Nears

Caregiving Monday: When Heaven Nears

When my grandmother, GG*, discovered her first cousin had passed, her response was “I’m the oldest now.” She has few first cousins left on either side of the family and is the oldest and next to oldest living on each side.                What GG did not voice, but the rest of us understood her saying was, “I’m next.” We know that she is ready, whenever the time comes.  She grows tired much easier now and has often told us in…

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Taking the Plunge into Being a Small Business Owner

Taking the Plunge into Being a Small Business Owner

    “Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall,” is an old saying we’ve all heard before. Sometimes, that rain reveals the weeds in our lives and other times it helps us to grow. Taking the leap into being a full or part-time entrepreneur isn’t easy.  After all, who wants to leave behind the comfort of their job knowing how much they will bring home at the end of each week. Other times, circumstances may take the option out of…

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Enthusiasm Matters in Creative Pursuits

Enthusiasm Matters in Creative Pursuits

“I can’t wait to come to piano,” are words I love to hear from my student’s mouths.  As a teacher, I love to have students that want to be here and want to learn. I have had students of every age, capability and enthusiasm over the years.  I have learned to easily read those that want to be there, compared with those that don’t.  Sometimes I wonder why some of my students are still taking.  Often, it is because their…

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Caregiving: A Blessing or a Curse

Caregiving: A Blessing or a Curse

    “Let me finish this,” I snapped in exasperation.  I was setting down my drink, but GG* was not willing to wait on me to put it down.  I could tell from the way she grabbed for her lunch there would be a spill to clean up.  I had no desire to see her food all over the kitchen floor, and knew that she didn’t either. “Be thankful,” a small voice whispered inside my soul.   Just three days earlier, I’d…

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