Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 02/04/2022


This is the eulogy that I read at Wood’s funeral on November 24, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wood Dickinson was a beautiful soul.  He was a son, a grandson, a roll-up-his-shirtsleeves-dad, a husband, a faith-filled man, a volunteer, a board member, an uncle, a lector, a grandfather, a Eucharistic Minister, a photographer, a CEO, a writer, a movie-maker, a teacher, an adventurer, a soulmate.  

Wood was 69.  That was…..

Time enough to meet me at a dance in a darkened Sion gym in April of 1969

Time enough to teach eight kids how to ride a two-wheeler. Wood would hang onto the seat of the little red bicycle, running alongside screaming, “Pedal, pedal, pedal” into the wind.

Time enough to help with countless elementary school science fair projects, the most memorable being a metal trash can full of dirt and worms that we fed coffee grounds to in the basement

Time enough to play “backup” at elementary school talent shows, whether that be playing his guitar or helping with a magic trick.  A beautiful metaphor for his role as dad, playing backup in his kids’ lives. 

Time enough to cheer the kids on in high school sports, swimming, wrestling, tennis, soccer, track, cross country, basketball, volleyball and softball — and the crazy number of miles he clocked driving to/from practices

Time enough to be on speed dial on eight kids’ phones to field kid-meltdowns, whether that be Meghan’s “check engine” light coming on way too often or Mary needing babysitting for her trio of boys. But those calls weren’t all meltdowns……those calls also shared good news….a University of Nebraska editor-in-chief accomplishment, a summer residency at the Kansas City Art Institute, becoming an Equity Stage Manager, winning the MS Read-a-Thon, a track scholarship, identical twin boys, a job at Children’s Mercy Hospital and finding us the perfect little kitten named Patrick, abandoned on the side of the road, who took up residence at our house six years ago.    

Time enough to have dealt with plenty of kid-shenanigans, whether that be parking tickets, missed curfews or fender benders, yet as exasperated as he might have been, he was always fair, always wanting to find the teachable moment in whatever transgression he was met with.

Time enough to be a true Scouter.  He believed it was not just about camping in the rain and tying square knots, but about boys learning leadership skills in a safe environment.  He was a Den Leader, Cubmaster, and Scoutmaster and worked as a Camp Commissioner at Camp Naish in the summer of 2021. He was Wood Badge trained.  He earned the District Award of Merit. He began his Scouting in 1987 when he attended an informational meeting.  As he left the house he told me not to worry, that he wasn’t going to volunteer for anything. He returned two hours later with a raggedy shoe box full of Cub Scout patches and beads.  Yup, Den Leader.  And eventually, two Eagle Scout sons.

Time enough to hone his baby-swaddling skills, perfect his teddy bear hugs and learning instinctually whether to step in, step back or step aside. 

Time enough to wallpaper a bedroom on a Saturday morning with five kids in the room, watching cartoons, each with a bowl of dry Cheerios in their lap while I slept in.

Time enough to donate his corneas, skin to aid in the recovery and healing of burn victims, his sternum and sclera (sk-lera) to aid glaucoma patients and the pericardium, the fluid surrounding the heart, used for brain surgeries. He will literally and figuratively live on in others.

Time enough to teach eight teenagers to drive.  I think he did a pretty good job of that, except for Kathleen who took off out of our driveway on her first solo ride to Bishop Miege with the two passenger side tires on the sidewalk, instead of the street. Wood watched out the living room window with his head in his hands.

Time enough to see a few Cubs games with Kathleen, Chiefs games with Matthew, Margaret and Claire and lots of Royals games with the kids.

Time enough to say one more, “I love you Patti” before he drew his last breath. 

Yet, somehow, it wasn’t time enough. I love you, Wood Dickinson. Thank you for loving me fiercely.

Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 04/28/2020

Farmer McDickinson’s Garden

20194680This shelter-in-place has brought me back to the basics. I ordered a sourdough starter online. I have baked bread, made a huge batch of spaghetti sauce and this house is spic and span. I’ve polished the silver. Organized every single piece of paper into file folders, washed the winter coats and hung them in the guest room closet. I’ve washed the slipcovers on the sunroom furniture. Wood has power-washed the deck. Edged the whole yard. Mr. Handyman has fixed the deck rocking chair and hung a tennis ball from the garage ceiling to tell us (okay, me) when to stop pulling forward. I’ve stopped short of cleaning baseboards with a Q-tip, but I’m close. Idle isn’t in my DNA.

I really like working in the yard. I love the satisfaction of mowing. Straight rows. No fringe. It appeals to my sense of order, the tidiness that I hunger for. Probably a direct result of having eight kids in a house that always fell short of orderly. There were decades of spilled milk, sticky kitchen floor, errant Legos and globs of mint green toothpaste in the bathroom sink.

We always mulch the flower beds to keep the weed population from overtaking things. A stray dandelion puts both of us into A-fib. So, I thought this year would be the perfect time to start a vegetable garden. We took string and pencils outside and staked off different size options. We started off with 2’ x 6’. Too small. Way too small. Finally settled on 3’ x 11’. We pulled up the sod. No small feat in a mostly dense clay soil. Clods of dirt, at a minimum, fist-sized. No loose dirt falling through our fingers. Bought the vegetables at a local nursery that took online appointments. We signed up for a time and we had 45 minutes to get in and out. We bought tomato plants, cucumber, two kinds of lettuce, green beans, jalapenos, strawberries, parsley, chives and red/green peppers . We bought black fencing to keep the rabbits and squirrels out.  We’re ready to plant, right?

Oh no. Wait a minute. Did I mention that my spouse is now in the big middle of this project? After taking up the sod and tilling, we are supposed to let it rest for two to three days. THEN…..we have to do a soil test. A SOIL TEST????? Yup. Four little test tubes. $11.97 at the hardware store. The results will tell us what we need to add to the soil to maximize our harvest. We’re not talking acres here. We’re talking 33 square feet of garden.

Boy oh boy, is this a metaphor for our marriage or what? I’m impulsive. He’s methodical. I jump right in. He stands back and strategizes. I want to get to work right now. He is willing to wait for the information that will give us the best possible harvest. I’m the rookie and willing to learn by doing. He’s the veteran, willing to learn by research.

We’ve been married forty-five years. I approach life like my hair is on fire. He, well, he’s standing by with the fire extinguisher. That’s how we roll.

Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 04/12/2020

Bossy, pandemic-style

cartI suppose it just goes with the territory of being a firstborn. Being bossy. Webster’s weighs in with

boss·y – /ˈbôsē,ˈbäsē/ adjective : INFORMAL – fond of giving people orders; domineering

I really don’t like the sound of “domineering”, but admittedly, I do not shy away from taking the reins when I see the opportunity.

So, we’re in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The grocery store where I shop has done a nice job of making it possible to social distance, the prescribed six-foot recommendation. They have made each aisle one-way, so that it’s a down-up loop throughout the store. There are dark blue taped arrows on the floor. Plus, they’ve gone the extra mile to measure off six-foot distances with horizontal pieces of tape going the full width of the aisle. Easy, right?

I’m not too sure what kind of IQ scores I was encountering with my fellow shoppers yesterday. Almost no one was doing the one-way thing. That meant that every single person I was meeting face-to-face in the aisle was going the wrong way and barely three feet from me. What the heck?

After about four or five such encounters….. you guessed it. Bossy set in. “Fond of giving people orders” set in. Lord help the next person coming at me from the wrong direction. All in all, I set about five people straight. I pointed out the arrows on the floor, Vanna-White-style and told each of them it was a way for all of us to be safe. A few made an immediate u-turn. As in, get away from this freak. A few gave me a weak, forced smile/grimace and kept on going the wrong way.

I didn’t go so far as to see if they were self-correcting before going down another aisle. That would have crossed the line into domineering!

I had a mask on. I spent the first three aisles trying to unfog my glasses. Apparently, I was breathing out too forcefully, creating Houston-style humidity. I tried to control my breathing. Have you ever tried breathing differently than you have for six decades? Having to learn a new technique in the middle of the pasta aisle. When I tried breathing differently, my glasses didn’t fog but I felt as though I wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Maybe I need to buy a fingertip pulse oximeter? Find a brown paper bag to breathe into?

It is not my nature to be suspicious. But in a pandemic, in a grocery store, everyone is a potential threat. My usual start-a-conversation-with-someone-in-the-line-at-checkout isn’t happening anymore. To talk to someone six feet away you have to shout. If someone without a mask smiles at me, they can’t see me smiling back. because of my mask. So, what used to be a social opportunity isn’t. Just like that. It was until it wasn’t.

We will be changed by this pandemic. We will appreciate human interaction in a way we haven’t before. We may not ever go back to shaking hands, but I believe we will be more genuine. We will not rush from one thing to the next. We will appreciate each interaction in a way we haven’t before. We will take more time to listen. To ask questions. To dig deeper. To leave a little bit of ourselves behind with each encounter.

In the meantime, follow the arrows. I just may be the person behind you, gasping for air, trying to unfog my glasses. Ready to be domineering (ouch) if I have to be.

Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 05/21/2019

Don’t Go Banging on my Privacy

45383578I know better. Really, I do.

I got a friend request from Derrick. His picture was of a be-speckled, middle-aged man in a suit. He looked like an attorney or a stockbroker. Not like a two-time felon or anything. Here comes the how-many-brain-cells-do-you-have part. I accepted. I figured we probably had a friend or two in common.

Not five minutes later, I get this:

“Hello Patti, I’m sorry for banging on your privacy I was hanging around when I come      across you fantastic profile page I decided to distract your intention By saying Hello to you, if possible I would want us to know ourselves more better as friends hope you are not mad at me

Sic, sic, sic, sic.

Fortunately, I am happy to say that my friends are exponentially more literate than this fellow is.

So, this guy is banging on my privacy and wanting us to know ourselves “more better“. But he needs reassurance that I am not mad at him!

This Facebook stuff is something else. It’s really comical. Is this guy looking for love in all the wrong places? Has he tried without much success? How does this fellow land on my Facebook page (my fantastic profile page) and not someone else’s? What are the chances that we cross paths in the viral world when there are a billion people on Facebook?

I unfriended him. I didn’t need the guilt of breaking his illiterate heart.

Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 04/04/2019

Kansas State Fair

109603759Last year, as the summer was winding down, my husband and I took off early on a Saturday morning for Hutchinson, Kansas, a three-hour drive from our home in Kansas City.  Neither of us had been to a State Fair before.  Me, a girl from the Bronx, had only seen pictures of cows until I was fourteen.

I loved the sights and sounds and smells, and the people-watching was a huge bonus.

First stop:  Two corn on the cobs.  Once ordered, the cashier dunked both cobs in a vat of butter and handed them to us. I left that booth with butter dripping all over my hands and making its way from wrist to elbow.  I must have looked completely uninitiated because some stranger came to my rescue with about five napkins that she dug out of her purse.

Next:  A game on the Midway.  See how quick I got into the jargon of this experience?  Yup, I got suckered into one of the games that I knewI couldn’t win but handed over $5 anyway.  A bucket of rings, a little smaller than bracelet-size, which you tossed toward about 100 bottles, three feet away.  It looked like it should be so easy. I adjusted my technique as I made my way through the bucket of rings….throwing them haphazardly, then tossing them upward so they came down straight, presumably onto the bottle. The bucket must have contained 50 rings….and not one. came even close.  My sore loser response was that I wouldn’t have wanted to lug a big stuffed animal around all day anyway.

We watched a bunch of 4H kids showing goats, pigs, horses and chickens. Who knew you could show chickens? Not a single kid had any semblance of control over the animal they were showing, many a 4H-er being dragged in the direction their animal wanted to go.

We wandered over to The Birthing Center. This was a huge metallic barn sort of place, easily the size of three football fields.  One side of it contained bleachers, and in close proximity, three cows, each in their own chain-link enclosure.  One, a Holstein (I know, impressive….you don’t learn these sorts of things in the Bronx!) was in transition.  Yup, no mistaking that phase of delivering baby or beast.  She was pushing, she was up and down, standing, lying on her side, restless, moaning, panting.  If this cow needed a birthing coach, I was her woman.  I was transfixed.  Captivated. Feeling a deep synchronicity with her efforts, her pain, her bravery.  K-State vets were standing watch.  Finally, mama was given an assist and they broke her water.  And then……it was miraculous.  The front hooves made their appearance and within two minutes, the calf emerged.

And tears….unexpected tears for the miracle of it all.  For the solidarity, the blessing, the privilege of being female. We have such a unique role in this world, and it took a haggard, weary, female Holstein to bring that point home.



Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 03/08/2019

Marie Kondo and the whole “sparking joy” thing

Marie_Kondō,_2016_(cropped)The latest rage in television is Marie Kondo. She is an organizational consultant, author and cleaning guru. She was one of Time’s 100 Most Influential people. She’s all about assessing every single item in your home and deciding if it “sparks joy”. If not, out it goes. No warbling, no indecision, no I’ll-have-to-think-about-it. OUT.

I missed my calling. I am a saner version of Marie Kondo. I am an organizational Rock star. My spices in alphabetical order. Yup. I have a folder for income tax stuff. I can literally find anything anyone is looking for. That goes for twist ties for trash bags, passports, paper clips, my eighth-grade yearbook, the nozzle for the outdoor hose, batteries – AA, AAA, C, D and 9 Volt. I know where the dental floss stash is that the dentist gives to me at every appointment, the picture hangers, the spare keys for every car we’ve ever owned, the washing machine troubleshooting instructions, extra check registers and a list of social security numbers for all the kids. Additionally, I can find any book in this house, because, you guessed it, my books are categorized by genre, then alphabetized by author. The photo album is caught up. I am OCD about that. I gave up on recording milestone stuff in the kids’ baby books sometime around the third kid. The remaining five, nothing. Blank pages. I threw all my efforts toward the photo albums to record history. I didn’t ask any of my things if they gave me a sense of bliss. Don’t have any future plans to, either.

My spouse and I raised enough kids to field a basketball team with three subs. I oversaw their organization too. Each kid had a “junk box”. I know, Marie Kondo would need an EMT and paddles. It was my way of controlling the bedlam. But the kids knew that that one junk box was it. They had plenty of toys in the playroom, but this was their own secret stash. Bottlecaps they found in the road. A napkin from a birthday party they’d gone to, little bits of icing still stuck to it. A scattering of toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals. Tiny little Barbie shoes. Rocks. Old keys. Sea shells. There was a time when snail shells made their way into a junk box. The bad news is that the snails were still in the shell. That’s called junk box stench.

“The more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you” says Marie. Sorry, I just can’t buy that. I have stuff. I see no benefit to giving a huge portion of it away. Decluttering is one thing. But just about everything I have in my house has a story behind it. I have an old-fashioned bread board on my dining room table. It is piled high with heart-shaped rocks from near and far, domestic and international. I have 40 photo albums crammed with pictures that highlight our family’s journey for the past 38 years. Baptisms, trips to the park, Disneyland, Christmas, Thanksgiving, graduations, summers in Cape Cod, prom pictures and all the in-between things that when all pulled together, memorialize our lives. The kids come home for holidays and at some point, the photo albums come out and they laugh and remember and reminisce. I love that. It makes my heart happy.

One of my kids is a real traditionalist. She came home from college one weekend and discovered that the yellow Rubbermaid bowl that had touched the heating coil in the dishwasher and no longer had a stable base on it was gone. Still usable. But it didn’t give me joy, because I like my stuff nice, in good shape, but it was one of several similar bowls ,so I tossed it. She was horrified. “That’s the bowl you’d send us to bed with when we had the flu!” She saw it as a keepsake. Me? Out. One woman’s treasure is another woman’s discard, it seems.

We are empty nesters now. We have downsized. Really, we have “rightsized”. Marie Kondo would be on life support if she came into my house. Picture frames of the kids on every surface. A church pew right by the front door with piles of stuff, organized by which kid it belongs to. Books…books everywhere. A dining room with 2 candlesticks from my mother-in-law’s house. On a kitchen shelf, an Italian vinegar and oil set that one of my kids picked up at a thrift store with me in mind. A school-art project dish by the bathroom sink that holds lots of earrings, made for me by my son that says in his third-grade handwriting, “Happy Mother’s Day 2003”. A picture my daughter Margaret drew of she and her sister. It’s a picture of the two of them, leaning into each other, heads touching, in a four-year old’s crude penciled way. A green tinted watering can, sitting on the mantle, dented and rusted in places, reminding me of dozens of Sunday trips to Greenwood, scuffing around in antique stores, kids with hands mostly in their pockets, so they weren’t tempted to touch the merchandise.

All of that stuff sparks a feeling. A slice of a bygone time that still evokes an emotional response. I don’t want a coffee table adorned by a perfectly centered plant. I want to be surrounded by things that bring to life memories…and thankfully, thankfully, there’s no limit to those.

#MarieKondo – #sparkingjoy

Photo By RISE – Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 02/24/2019

“The Bachelor”….Please, just get a room

_My template small ccI’m probably one of the few who has never seen “The Bachelor”. It’s a two-hour long television show. I watched it.  Once. And that’s two hours that I can’t get back.

The premise behind the show, a once-a-week-for-seven-weeks series, is the lucky bachelor gets his pick of somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty bachelorettes who are wined and dined, hoping to be chosen by this single guy. Each bachelorette should bring their best game. Girls are eliminated each week. And the one girl left standing gets him as the prize. That, according to the rules of the show, should result in an engagement.

First of all, anyone who gets engaged to someone, anyone, after 14 hours is an idiot. The Bachelor, filmed in exotic destinations is nothing like real life because neither of the two has seen each other with the flu, untangling Christmas lights, arguing about whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher, trying to wallpaper a room together, or going to McDonald’s drive-through and ordering a plain double cheeseburger, only to get home  and find it slathered with ketchup. That, my friend, is real life. The gritty stuff. The annoying stuff that makes you grind your molars together, that is part of living together day-after-day. For years. And decades.

There is a lot of backstabbing. Lots of girls running to the bachelor with the dirt on the other competitors. Mean girl stuff. I mean this is drama on steroids. Certainly bringing out the very worst side of these women.

But this bachelor has it pretty darn good. Passionate kisses with each woman. Sometimes within an hour of each other. He proclaims his go-to line, “I think I’m falling in love with you” with appalling regularity. Yuck. Disingenuous at best. Morally bankrupt at its worst.

And the women. Mostly in their early to mid-twenties. Barbie dolls. Mostly blond. All with fake eyelashes and plenty, I mean plenty of cleavage. And the desperation just oozes. They grovel and say ridiculously syrupy stuff. I think every one of them said “I feel very special” in a whispery kind of trying-to-be-sexy voice at some point in the show. Special? When there are nineteen other girls waiting in the wings, ready to lock lips with him? These girls are willing to do whatever it takes to win.

I have to wonder what kind of lame logic anyone of the contestants has. The bachelor is certainly being duped. How in the world can he think that all twenty girls have fallen in love with him in seven weeks? If so, the statistics are definitely running astronomically in his favor. And the women? A five percent chance of winning. Putting herself out there, allowing herself to be manhandled in front of millions of people for those odds???



Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 02/18/2019

Growing old gracefully

19924695The years have left their mark. The mirror confirms that.

Yet I know that the wrinkles tell a story. A personal journey, that includes being scuffed up, scabbed over, times I should have, could have, didn’t. A fair share of broken promises, impatient moments, at-the-end-of-my-rope days.

The gray hairs, the nostalgia that seems more prevalent now. Introspection, a sense that there are many fewer days going forward than in the rear view mirror. A sometimes overwhelming feeling of where does the time go. Not wondering in a trivial sort of way, like the shrinkage of time that occurs when you don’t get your Christmas shopping done on time, but the sadness for the passage of time.

But happy things cause wrinkles as well. Those are the laugh lines, parentheses that frame the mouth. The goofy stuff, the laughing at the hilarity of raising eight kids. The things we laugh about when we are all together.

Mary, getting sucked in by a slick-talking timeshare salesman, that her then-fiancé had to do some fast-talking to get her out of. Matthew, who could still be chewing his meat an hour after dinner was over, eating a Tootsie Roll pop and saying, “I like this kind of meat” as he came to the chocolate center. Claire, telling everyone in her first-grade class that her middle name was “Annette”. It isn’t. But a way to explain to everyone that her grandfather had invented the clarinet. Claire Annette. Margaret, the baby, was told by her sisters that she lived in Japan until she learned differently when she got to Kindergarten. No geographical genius there. Kathleen, throwing a fireplace log, saying to her sibling, “Duck”. Her sibling looking into the sky, saying “Where?” as the log made contact with her forehead. That goose egg was one for the record books. Meghan, sporting that curly hair, made all of us smile, and marvel at the chemistry of the spirals that covered her head. Elizabeth, not a care in the world, coming out of first grade with her unzipped backpack with papers flying all over the parking lot. And oh yeah, having lost her third winter jacket of the year. Andrew, backing out of the garage, opening his driver’s side door to hear what his sister was shouting to him from the house, ramming into the side of the garage, dislocating the car door in the process.

That, a hundred-fold, gave me those matching C’s around my mouth. Kind of like the opposite-facing C’s of the Chanel logo.

No Botox here. No “work”. Okay, maybe blonding. I guess that sort of makes me the real deal.

My heart is full. Content. Grateful. Sometimes overwhelmed, sometimes broken.

But the heart, the heart has no wrinkles.

Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 02/11/2019


Dreaming girlI felt no need to participate in the #metoo on social media.  It felt too much like an indictment of the entire male population. Too broad a stroke of the proverbial brush.  Besides, I’ve seen lots of sanctimonious men, casting aspersions on their male counterparts. Eager to take everyone else’s inventory, instead of looking at their own behavior. Suggestive comments on Facebook. Double entendres. Off color remarks.  While not assault, it is disrespectful and belittles women. And I see it every day on Facebook.

I’ve had what in 2019 called a #metoo episode, twice. The first time I was 7. Walking home from a friend’s house in the middle of the day in my Malvern, Pennsylvania neighborhood. A man drove up, parallel to me, and gestured for me to approach his car, saying he needed directions. I did and found an aroused male, masturbating. I can still see the look on his face as I gasped, wide-eyed. I ran all the way home and unbelievably never told anyone about the incident until four decades later. The second time was on the New York subway, when a male sat down next to twelve year old me and put his hand on my back, moving southward, at which point I shot away from the bench and changed seats, only after putting a three-car distance between us.

What’s all the #metoo about? A solidarity amongst women? United against men? That gives me no satisfaction. I get no feeling of unity from that. Haven’t we always known the prevalence of this assault? Knowing my next-door neighbor had to endure this isn’t comforting.

And the timing of #metoo doesn’t make much sense to me. This is a horse-has-already-left-the-barn conversation. Wouldn’t we be better served amplifying the no-means-no narrative. Preventative stuff. Smashing the boys-will-be-boys cliché. Slamming the well-what-were-you-wearing angle. Teaching our daughters that they don’t have to tolerate disrespectful comments or actions.

I oftentimes wonder why that eight-year old self didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t think it was my fault. Shame? I really don’t know. I can’t put my finger on the why. Why stay silent?  Why bury this deep inside? Why keep it in the shadows? I can’t reach back far enough to “get” what I was thinking as a seven-year old. I still remember it vividly. I can mentally replay what happened that day. But I don’t know the thought process that had me deciding, at some point, that this was something that I had to keep silent about.

So let’s give women the voice they deserve. So we can eliminate #metoo, without disparaging some really good men.

Posted by: Patti Dickinson | 02/06/2019

Short-sighted busyness

2073550At the eye doc this morning. Sitting in a too-chilly exam room, listening to the doctor in the  adjacent room talking with an elderly male patient who apparently had nothing else to do today than converse with a too-busy medical professional.

That was the beauty of the overheard conversation.  No one would ever guess that this doctor had a crowded schedule.

She had a way about her.

She listened.  She responded in a way that didn’t scream, hey-I’m-busy-I’m-not-here-to-have-a-big-conversation-about-stuff-unrelated-to-your-eye-care.

He talked about his last trip to Arizona, complete with temperature and humidity percentages.  He talked about his wife who always misplaces her readers.  He debated, out loud, over whether the third letter of the fourth row of the eye chart was a z or a 2 or an s.

And she listened.  And was gracious.  And made him feel important and cared about.

She would say that it was not a big deal, part of her job, etc.  But we know many professionals that could/should do that and don’t.  This isn’t a skill that’s taught in med school. There they teach in and out, backing toward the door after 3.8 minutes.

She had a way about her.

Why are we in such a hurry? Why do we race around like our hair’s on fire?  When the microwave isn’t fast enough for you, that’s a pretty good indicator that you are on life’s superhighway. And that’s only good if you’re a car.

Better yet, have a way about you.










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