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Sunday Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration: Autumn

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” -Winnie the Pooh As the leaves begin to burst into color here at Chautauqua, I feel like following Pooh’s suggestion to leap into the leaves — or perhaps better yet to treat…

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Science Knows No Country

Science knows no country,  because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch that illuminates the world. . . Louis Pasteur We had the good fortune to spend a morning at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on University Circle last week with our oldest grandson. Here he is, immersed in “science.” I hope Liam continues…

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Sunday Inspiration: Literary Lots

How inspiring is this: a woman who takes abandoned lots in Cleveland and turns them into playgrounds based on children’s books, or literary lots as she calls them. Check out the article here for all the details. What books would you choose to build a literary lot?  

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Sunday Inspiration: Aloha

“Aloha… I believe in Aloha and Kindness, ’Ohana first, meaningful Friendships, counting my Blessings, and Giving to others. I choose to see the good in life even during times of struggle. I am Grateful for the life I have and for all the wonderful people that make this journey worthwhile.” — author unknown I’ve been…

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Sunday Inspiration: “We’re all stories…”

“We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one.” Did you know that Dove candy wrappers have quotations on them, and some good ones, including the one above? Don’t ask me how I know. Well, I am on vacation, (that’s Asilomar on the coast in the photos) so I figure I deserve…

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Sunday Inspiration: John Steinbeck

Wherever I travel I like to visit places that honor and memorialize my fellow authors since I find the lives of most writers inspirational and motivational. While visiting the Monterey, California area for two weeks, Proman and I drove to nearby Salinas to explore the National Steinbeck Center which portrays the life and creativity of…

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Sunday Inspiration: Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

This was part of a prayer in a worship service this morning at Chautauqua Institution. I wanted to share it with you since, if you’re like me, you may find it easy to dismiss unpleasant people as simply unpleasant and therefore not worth our time or concern. In the words of American poet Stanley Miller…

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Sunday Inspiration: Enormous Peril

This week I was fortunate to hear one of our nation’s leading environmental activists speak here at Chautauqua Institution, and he scared the wits out of me — but he also gave me hope. Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, an international organization that encourages the use of renewable energy and divestment from the…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Writing opened that door…”

  “Writing opened that door…to the divine, to some connection to the universe, to things that be… Writing makes me think, and thinking makes me write; and there is a circularity to that, to dive deeper into questions, into yourself, into your soul, into your mind and heart.” -Richard Blanco I’m not a big poetry…

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