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Epiphany: You Hold The Keys In Your Hand — Off The Beaten Track

Amma and I are on the phone. “In our entire extended family, whom do you think is the most successful,” I ask. “What do you mean? In what sense?” she counters. “Whatever is your parameter for success,” I say and wait patiently for her to reply. I can almost hear her mental wheels spinning. She […]

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Aaahh Apostrophe!

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      Apostrophes  can be tricky. In fact, this harmless-seeming comma suspended  between two letters of a word can be baffling. That is why apostrophe misuse was, in 2014, the winner of the Grammar Madness Championship competition conducted by grammarly.com.  The apostrophe is a necessary but frequently misunderstood punctuation tool. 

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Apostrophes are utilized in two scenarios: first, as contractions, and second, to denote possession.

The Apostrophe as a Contraction

  • As a contraction, the apostrophe is placed instead of the omitted letters. So, cannot is condensed to can’t, with the apostrophe replacing an n and an o.  In didn’t, we have two words – did not– condensed to one–didn’t. As a general rule, one should avoid using contractions in formal contexts.  For example, in a business letter or email, we write are not instead of the contraction aren’t.   

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Nourish Yourself

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As women, we  embrace careers, marriage, motherhood,  stay-at-home mom status,  and the myriad responsibilities that accompany  the bill of fare life presents us. It’s not all work and no fun, though.  There are moments of peace, joy, insight, and of course, love. Once in a while, we do get to have our cake and eat it too.

However, it does seem like that for the most part,  marriage, kids, bills, lunches and school runs, and tightly-packed calendars leave little room for anything else. The dusting cloth wipes away our exuberance, too.

Therefore, if you want to hold on to not just your sanity but also your femininity, you need to make the effort.   Unleash your originality. The same uniqueness that you were born with and flaunted without a care when you were four.

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Think about  what activities  put you in touch with  yourself — painting, reading, cooking, going for walks, even…

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Nourish Yourself First

As women, we  embrace careers, marriage, motherhood,  stay-at-home mom status,  and the myriad responsibilities that accompany  the bill of fare that life presents us with. It’s not all work and no fun, though.  There are moments of peace, joy, insight, and of course, love. Once in every while, we get to have our cake and eat it too.

However, it feels as if, for the most part,  marriage, kids, bills, household chores, and tightly-packed social calendars leave little room for anything else. The swipe of the dusting cloth takes away some of the exuberance of our collective youths.

Now this doesn’t have to be. Women tend to feel guilty if they take out time for themselves. However, if we don’t sustain our energies and maintain our sense of well-being, how are we to serve as the fulcrums on which our families rest? An expectant mother feeds herself well, because the food she eats nourishes both her and her baby.

Seeking out activities that put you in touch with  yourself — painting, reading, cooking, going for walks, or shopping.  Do whatever you can do within your busy existence, so as to connect with your true self.  You could pick up the phone and call your sister.  up with That classmate you always got on well with in college? Why stay in touch only through social media? Make plans to meet up. Peruse an interesting novel, or flip through the pages of a glossy magazine. Do anything and everything that has the potential to make you happy.

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“You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.” – Oprah Winfrey

It’s taken me a full decade to  even begin to understand what they mean when they say that “you are in charge of your own happiness”. In fact, irrespective of whether you are a man or a woman, you must nurture yourself. How can a famished soul  or a heavy heart  minister to someone else?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write in to share with others what you do when you feel the need to feed your soul. What actions do you take to lighten your heart? What works and doesn’t work for you?

 

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Middle-School

Flippant flips of shiny hair,

Cozy sweats,  glossy lips, pencil pouches with flair.

Highlighters, calculators, binders,  spiral notebooks,

Vocab quizzes, math tests, and science projects in groups.

Smiles, giggles, grins, and…yawns…

Pulling the covers up over the head, when the new school day dawns.

Gotta have the social media, smartphone, and text

to run in step with the ‘swish’ set.

 

Lunch and recess, clubs and activities

late assignments, extra credit, detentions and bus duty.

Infatuation, being oh-so smitten. love, even

Locker decor– birthday surprise! or celebrating without a reason.

Bad grades, good grades, ho-hum grades…reportcards

Excuses, explanations, promises. “…needs to work hard.”

Life in Middle School is wonderful, engaging, cool

“Nay, it’s middl-ing at best, I was well- ensconced in grade school.”

Junior High seems frightening though

But High School’s supposedly set-freeing, and I can hardly wait to go.