Category Archives: QUICKIES

Where in the world is Jackie?

I’m still “here,” i.e., alive and well.  My next original blog post will be about the end of academic semesters (one of the best perks in my profession — we get to start over again twice a year.)  Because everything … Continue reading

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Who is our Mother?

Today is Mother’s Day. There is most likely a woman in your life who will receive a Mother’s Day card from you (or who has passed from your life now but did receive that card for many years). Traditionally our … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Pick-YOU-up (ME, too).

I posted this on Facebook this morning and decided I really wanted to share it with as many people as possible.  So, here is a copy of my Facebook post.  (I urge you to also share this with as many of … Continue reading

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Really “for the Birds”

Yesterday Mel Torme serenaded you, reminding you what you might see after April Showers.  I haven’t seen a Blue Bird yet (have seen few in my life).  I did enjoy the song and lyrics throughout today, the first day of May, however.  And … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s not bad either!

  On Monday, after a tough weekend, I let Frank Sinatra get us off to a good start with his reminder to “Live ’til We Die.”  Hoping to carry a positive attitude all the way to the coming weekend and … Continue reading

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It’s a new week!

 Self-disclosure:  The after effects of a major disappointment in my life still spend too much time hanging over my head like a dark cloud.  It’s got to go away SOME time, but the weekends are rough.  I use this blog to … Continue reading

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Jackie journeys into publishing (first posted 4/06/13

My father, John Lutes, responded to many affectionate names or titles and possessed diverse personality traits and talents. It’s not surprising that he made his living in sales because one of his talents was the ability to tell a good story. … Continue reading

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Good Morning (from the world to you)!

 If you’ve never experienced loss, the poem at the end of this post may have little meaning for you. You can leave this page and go on to other e-mail messages or Facebook posts. (And, if you’ve never experienced a loss, … Continue reading

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Power of words (again and always)

Talk is cheap. Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.  No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt On November 12, I posted Penny for your Thoughts; a Million Dollars for … Continue reading

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DID YOU, as did I, MISS THIS “ONE”?

On Inauguration Day (Monday, January 21, 2013) I was crossing above the Atlantic Ocean after a delayed departure from Brussels. I did get home in time to see the evening festivities when I embraced (even envied) the obvious love and … Continue reading

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“Fake it” or “make it”?

We all have “moments” (sometimes lasting longer than we desire) when our emotions take over our view of the world or the people who populate our world or even our view of ourselves, our self-esteem.  Sometimes the emotion is justified, … Continue reading

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“Front Porch” news about COURAGE and LOVE!

Many question the purpose of blogs.  (I’ve often wondered, “Why am I doing this?”  “Is it just a way to say, “Look at (listen to) me”. . . “I’m important”?)  Do blogs lead to too much unnecessary or unwelcome self-disclosure? I … Continue reading

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“Pride is the chief cause. . .”

On Facebook this morning someone posted a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.:  “I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  Whether the poster meant the quote to be a commentary on the contention … Continue reading

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P.S. to Morning Mourning

Part of what motivated my “Morning Mourning” blog had to do with my own loss, but it was much more general than that.  Not all of my friends or acquaintances have experienced a recent loss, but right now, my immediate circle of … Continue reading

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Morning Mourning

The hardest part of losing someone, or something, that you love, is being reminded every single morning, when you wake up, that the person (or job or home or whatever) is no longer part of your life. And, each morning the mourning process … Continue reading

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Some of you may be familiar with the ideas and writings of French Philosopher, scientist, and Jesuit Priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Some have considered his view of the Universe and Creation (which involves two kinds of evolution) to be controversial. … Continue reading

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