I’ve been quiet on Southern Exposure for the past few weeks. I’ll confess that for much of that time, I knew there was nothing I could say that would be half as riveting and certainly not even a millionth as horrifying as the events on the news. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent many…

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“What the new year brings to you depends to a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” -Vern McLellan, author OK, so 2020 sucked! Big time. Historic. Cosmic. We ranted and raved, cursed and cried, but all we could really do was kick 2020 hard as it crawled out the door. There…

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“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” — Simone de Beauvoir, author Did you see this  inspiring story about Dolly Parton’s generous gift of one million dollars for Covid research? Dolly is one of my favorite people anyway, because of her…

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‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. -Alice Walker, author This will be a difficult Thanksgiving for many of us. We may be…

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At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just…

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“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein As an author, I know how important knowledge is. Without knowledge of everything I’m writing about, without an understanding of the individuals and the time and place,…

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“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman I heard this quote on the charming television show Ted Lasso on Apple TV the other night, and it struck a chord, especially during this time of significant change in our nation. The character Ted Lasso was responding to a man who was obnoxious and a bully by sharing…

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“New Year’s Resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but really difficult to maintain.” Anonymous I confess that I’m skeptical about making new year’s resolutions because they are so much easier to make than to maintain. But I do believe that setting realistic goals, whether it’s at the new year or any other…

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