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Are You Willing to Be One of the Dedicated Minority?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 56 seconds
 "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better". Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is Martin Luther King Day. It is a federal holiday that has slowly been gaining traction as a day of service. The call to action is stated in the simple slogan, make it "a day on, not a day off". There is even a website,
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What To Do With A Feathered Friend On A Cold Winter's Night?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 9 seconds
For the first time since moving into the house at the Lake, I put a Christmas wreath on the front door for the holidays. Nothing special, just a store bought wreath made of live pine tree limbs decorated with white pine cones and a big red bow. It does make the house looking inviting. So inviting that a little bird has moved in and made it her home. I am delighted and amused to h...
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What Do You See When You Dream Of Retirement?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 6 seconds
{Queens Theatre in Queens NY}I have been thinking about retirement. Not because I am ready to retire but more as one who daydreams about her summer vacation. In my retirement scenario I am healthy and have plenty of money and time to indulge my desire to write, learn to make homemade pasta...in Italy or hike the Appalachian Trail at my leisure. Th...
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I Think Words Matter: Do You?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 46 seconds
{The Bubble Man in Central Park}The other day I was walking into Whole Foods when I heard a guy on his cell phone say, "I don't know what that means, should I be worried?" My heart went out to this stranger as he briskly walked out of earshot and left me to forever ponder his life story. I hear at lot of these one sided cell phone vignettes as I m...
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Life as Art: What are You Creating?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 59 seconds
 Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Live your life as a work of art." That statement creates so many wonderful images; I ask you, if your life is a work of art, what media best represents you?  I think of mine as a book. Multiple chapters that expand everyday as pages are written with each step I take. My book becomes a single chapter in a greater book called Family...
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Do You Think New Year's Day Should Be Celebrated In Better Weather?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 1 second
 Those who know me will tell you I am a New Year's resolution kind of person. Each year, I get up early on January 1st to craft my personal action plan for the coming year. I won't try to convince you of the merits of writing down your New Year's resolutions. If you are the kind of person that sees the benefit, you are already doing it. If not, no amount of cajoling...
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The 2012 New Year's Eve Vanilla Pudding Hunt...

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 47 seconds
Happy 2013! I hope your holidays were filled with fun and love. I had a terrific holiday season this year. My kids and grandchildren came to New York to spend Thanksgiving with Marty and me. Just before Christmas, we headed to Jacksonville to prepare a special Christmas Eve meal, sing traditional hymns at church and welcome Santa on Christmas morning with my son and his c...
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Enjoy The Season

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 0 minutes, 17 seconds
After spending a blessed Christmas with my family, I am taking the next few days to recharge my batteries and plan for 2013.  Join me on January 2, 2013 to learn what new and exciting plans are in the works for Footsteps and my blog. May God Bless you and have a safe and festive New Year's holiday. Hugs,C
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Creative Gifts for Aging Parents and Others

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds
One Christmas my grandmother's gift to me was a quilt she had hand sown. The quilt is called a charm quilt because it is made with many, many small patches. Most of the 2 inch squares came from the left over remnants of material that my mom used to make our clothes. The fabric from my high school graduation dress is easily recognizable as is the fabric of a white and yellow sundr...
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When Is Gift Giving Too Much For Kids To Handle?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 43 seconds
Several years ago one of my grandchildren received a Christmas gift from his Aunt.  Barely acknowledging her kindness, he quickly tore off the gift wrapping, took one look at the present and threw it on the floor stating, "I don't want this!" Every adult froze as if the air had been sucked from the room. His father quickly commanded that he retrieve the gift and accompany him to another room...
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