Memories

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“Was there ever a thing as pure memory? I doubt it. Even when we convince ourselves that we’re being dispassionate, sticking to the bald facts with no self-serving decorations or omissions, pure memory remains as elusive as a bar of wet soap. Or it does me, after a lifetime of blending experience with imagination.” John Le Carre
Thanksgiving family gatherings can provide the truth of this idea.

Special Times

“This time, like all other times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Ralph Waldo EmersonIMG_9040

Conversational Finesse

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Even with the best of conversational intentions, you can feel the misstep. The trust is tenuous, but growing, and then it happens. Too much is asked and the conversation narrows.
“Note to world: curiosity killed the chat.” Philip Galanes

Can’t We Just Remember To Enjoy Mealtime?

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“First we eat, then we do everything else.” M.F.K. Fisher
We can do it. Mealtime can return to delicious family time together. Someone in the group has to take a stand and wrestle mealtime back into a pleasurable activity. The children are watching to see how it’s done.

The Precious Years

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“Charm doesn’t fade, wit doesn’t age, and knowledge is still priceless. If we live well, every year we become a year’s worth better, smarter, and more fun.” Molly Ivins
Children remember these special times – really, they only remember the special times.

Over the Ages

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“It’s more like it used to be than it ever was.” says “Rick” on Anthony Bourdain
Family being together can be a riot – and it should be.

Our Impact on Others

“Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others?” Neil deGrasse and Annie Druyan
And, it’s always so hard to know how much we’ll mean to the people in our lives.

Your Own Story
“Create your own story. Never let others create it for you.” Kim Hohman We know our talents and we know how to use them. We know how we want our lives to unfold. Our loyalties are unique. What we admire is known only to us. Play your cards and play them well.

Generations of Family

“The quality of our lives is about treating each other well.” Dr. P.M. Forni
This, like all other skills, is one that’s learned by doing.
And then, we have to care enough to keep working on it.

Telling Our Stories

“But perhaps the most profound of the tools we have at our disposal is the simple act of telling our stories to other human travelers – in a circle around a fire, at the back fence with a neighbor, or at a kitchen table with family and friends.” Elizabeth Lesser
Let’s look for this happening in our world. Do we see people together relaxed, laughing, or listening intently to each other?

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