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“These are the things I prize and hold of dearest worth:

light of the sapphire skies, peace of the silent hills,

shelter of the forests, comfort of the grass,

music of birds, murmur of little rills,

shadows of cloud that swiftly pass,

and, after showers, the smell of flowers

and of the good brown earth, –

and, best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.”

Henry Van Dyke, God of the Open Air

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.  Anais Nin

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“He’s My Brother”

I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s book, ’12 Rules for Life, an Antidote for Chaos,’ and Rule 5 is “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.” As he says,

  “You might ask, ‘Limit the rules to what, exactly?” Here are some suggestions.

Do not bite, kick or hit, except in self-defense.

Do not torture and bully other children, so you don’t end up in jail.

Eat in a civilized and thankful manner, so that people are happy to have you at their house, and pleased to feed you.

Learn to share, so other kids will play with you.

Pay attention when spoken to by adults, so they don’t hate you and might therefore deign to teach you something.

Go to sleep properly, and peaceably, so that your parents can have a private life and not resent your existence.

Take care of your belongings, because you need to learn how and because you’re lucky to have them.

Be good company when something fun is happening, so that you’re invited for the fun.

Act so that other people are happy you’re around, so that people will want you around.

A child who knows these rules will be welcome everywhere.”

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“To one who walks in darkness there is no black or white or red or yellow – he see nothing.

To one who walks in light there is no black or white or red or yellow – he sees everything.”

– Brian Ogawa

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Christmas is just plain weird. What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat candy out of your socks?                ~ Author unknown

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“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
                                        ~Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy”. His best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning,  chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal ones, and thus, a reason to continue living. Frankl became one of the key figures in existentitherapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

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“The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.”
–   William Cullen Bryant

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I Love Fall

I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It’s apples and cider.
It’s an airborne spider.
It’s pumpkins in bins.
It’s burrs on dog’s chins.
It’s wind blowing leaves.
It’s chilly red knees.
It’s nuts on the ground.
It’s a crisp dry sound.
It’s green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It’s clouds in the sky.
It’s fall. That’s why…
I love fall.

Author Unknown

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Labor Day Parade in New York’s Union Square, 1882

Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

` Information from Wikipedia

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