Adjusting My Sails

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. —George Jung Duff here. For the last few days, the Wind has been blowing. Howling. The Trees were almost Bending over. The Shrub’s leaves were shredded. But I had to do My Morning walk, so Mom and I…

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Weathering the Storm

I’m gonna hunker down like a jack rabbit in a dust storm. —Lyndon. B. Johnson Duff here. Today, the breeze is Soft and Mellow. Just right for adventuring. And exploring. And sniffing out all Sorts of Things. The meadow next to My home was beckoning and I couldn’t Resist. I spent a lot of Time…

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Never Give Up

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. —Harriet Beecher Stowe Duff here. The more I considered this Truism, the more I agreed with it. I have had Situations in my Life where I was tempted to give up. Throw in the Towel. No more of This.…

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Life is Like . . .

Life is like a series of commas, not periods. —Unknown Duff here. Have you felt so that Life is totally confusing? Circumstances overwhelming? Can’t see Your way out? I have done that a Time or Two. And it’s not Fun. Everywhere I looked, it was Dreary. At times, I thought it Was Forever. I thought…

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Maintaining Interest

Are we alike? Sometimes I feel energetic and enthusiastic when trying out a new behavior (substitute exercise or change in eating habits) but lose steam after a while. How about getting involved with a project but abandoning it before it’s finished? Though I understand the importance of what I am doing, laziness or lack of…

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The Only Way Out is Through

The only way out is through. —Robert Frost Duff here. The way out is through. What an interesting thought! When I was in the back yard of a friend of my mom’s, I was happy playing for a time. After a while, I wanted to go and find her. But there was no way out.…

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How Do You Recoup?

After AFC and NFC playoffs last weekend, two teams advance to the Super Bowl. Huge headlines, celebration in locker rooms, jubilation among the fan base. But to have that happen, two other teams also had to lose. Gloom and doom. Dark Skies. A dreary outlook. The Jacksonville Jaguars had a fairy tale season. Blake Bortles…

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