Tag Archives: adversity

A Tale of Two Trees

I love cherries. My Beloved bought and planted two cherry trees for me. One is healthy, growing fast, and had a big first crop of cherries this year. The second tree is tiny. Shortly after it was planted it partially … Continue reading

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It’s been my experience that there’s a great deal of difference between being a member of the Hard Luck Club and the Hard Work Luck Club. With Love, Russ P.S. No news from the neurologist yet regarding Duke yet, but I … Continue reading

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If I Could

  If I could, I’d hold you tight and whisper in your ear, “You are safe, you are loved, I care, and I’m here.” If I could, I’d help you find greater inner peace From all your grief and torment … Continue reading

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No Star In All the Heavens

A Most Unusual Christmas Tree Visitors who come to our home near the holidays are often struck by the sight of a most unusual Christmas tree. Instead of a fir or some other traditional kind, we have a palm tree … Continue reading

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Courage Nonetheless

“What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.” ~Daisaku Ikeda (Source: tinybuddha) Sources: Bicycle: Sent by a friend, but I don’t know who took … Continue reading

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A Gift of Trying Times

I love this quote and believe in the truth and wisdom of it. Sadly, the times I typically learn and re-learn this lesson are when I need friends the most. The great news is that those are the times that … Continue reading

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A Bad Day’s Brewin’

When I woke up Key sites were down Spent all mornin’ On work-arounds Cut a toe on a tack I didn’t see on the floor Jumped and banged my elbow On the edge of a door Bathroom flooded Sewer line’s … Continue reading

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Adversity and Me

I can choose to let adversity Weaken or strengthen me The choice is mine Every time Russ

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Dancing In The Rain

I just received an email from one of my favorite relatives that showed photos of a young boy maybe 6-8 years old riding a horse, playing baseball, ice hockey, and field hockey, running, water skiing, and more. In each photo … Continue reading

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