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    Good-hearted women are mothers of the world

    The first time I went into Nina Clare’s kitchen a drawing near her back door surprised me because I recognized it. It was a drawing of a stylized cat on a piece of slate.   The drawing of the cat looks like one that a child of seven or eight might draw.  The cat has […]

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    The power to act from real choice

    My husband likes to stop and indulge in an Italian dessert at our local gelato shop. On any given day there may be thirty different varieties of gelato on display. Untried flavors, such as mango/lime, are frequent. My husband usually asks to taste five or six flavors before deciding on two scoops. “How can I […]

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    Do the Hokey Pokey

    In the gardening shop I looked up to discover a sign over my head.  “What if the Hokey Pokey is What It’s All About?”  For whatever reasons, I started to laugh. Uncontrollably.  My husband came from across the store to see what could be so funny. For weeks afterwards Mark and I had a running […]

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    A Secret of Good Teaching

    Between the ages of birth to four-and-a-half, children are in a sensitive period for refining their senses. Children at this age are capable of learning to discern hundreds of qualities of the things around them. Perfect pitch is acquired before the age of six. Too often adults stop giving information after certain basics are mastered. […]

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    Take the Challenge to Choose Thankfulness

    Over ten years ago at a conference I noticed an unusual number of people wearing purple plastic wristbands.  I didn’t think much about it, imagining that the bands must be in support of a worthy cause.   When I returned home from the conference I stopped by my neighborhood bookstore.  At the checkout register sat […]

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    Kids Talk Teamwork

    Watford City’s new Rough Rider Event Center is now open and with it came the completion of a new competitive lap pool. To take full advantage of the opportunity the new facility provides for the community’s youth, a group of parents and volunteers founded the Sea Wolves, Watford City’s first swim team. The Sea Wolves […]

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