Capturing Opportunities

Anonymous I have found there are always opportunities in life, there for the taking.  The only difference is that in some time periods there are more opportunities than in others.  The question is, when opportunities come along, will I be able to recognize them, and take advantage of them?  Usually not, but I can change that. This is my fish story about the one that got away.  One fine afternoon I went to a rock show, looking for geodes my girls could crack open- black volcanic hollow ...
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I’m Having Another Moment

As I was saying (A Moment of Epiphany) yesterday, those moments of epiphany don’t come along very often. They are gifts, in my opinion. You’re lucky if you get one of them in your lifetime – at least that’s the way it has been with me, and I’m very grateful for getting that one moment. I’ve often wondered if everyone gets them. I suppose everyone does, but possibly for different reasons. I had a friend tell me he knew he was going to be a doctor from a very young age, and he set his c...
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A Moment of Epiphany

I remember it like it was yesterday. The first time I was struck by a piece of art. It was like ringing a bell, and it has been reverberating ever since. I was a sophomore in High School and was at my friend Tom’s house. He had a copy of a catalog of graphic works by the Bakersfield College art students. The piece he showed me was by the brother of another friend of mine. It was a pencil drawing of such incredible detail that it looked like a photograph. I couldn’t believe that someone I ...
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CAN I BE POSITIVE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS?

By Elana B I am a diabetic. I was diagnosed in late January 2011, just short of my 66th birthday. I woke up feeling like that wintery day would be my last. I had been experiencing all the symptoms--no energy, couldn’t sleep, drank volumes of water but was still thirsty. My body was shouting for help the only way it could...by shutting me down. I called my office to tell them I wouldn’t be in--why is it we have dedication to a job, enough to take care of “business,” but too often ignore our he...
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Help, I’m Lost!

By Emily J. One of the most terrifying experiences I've had happened when I was about 14 years old, visiting my family in Greece. It was the first time I had ever been there, and the first time I had met my Greek side of the family. It was a bit of a culture shock for me in my grandma’s tiny, shack-like house in Sparta, all the different food, loud music, and OPA! It probably wouldn't have been as much of a shock if any one of them spoke English or if any one of us spoke Greek. Most of the ti...
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Is God in Control?

By Taylor B As I prepared for college last year, I was torn between two universities. I had been planning on attending one of them most of my life, yet the more I looked into the two schools and thought about my applications the more I felt my view gradually shifting towards the other. I felt that maybe God was trying to tell me that I should rethink my plans. Well, I didn’t really want to listen to the thoughts and ideas God was giving me. I stubbornly continued with my application and tried...
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