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    Rescuing someone in need

    I slowly wandered throughout the store eventually making my way to the very last corner. I found myself looking at just about everything this beautiful gift shop had to offer. Section upon section of wonderful items were displayed in a variety of ways. Each vignette was carefully orchestrated in...

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    BALLARD: Lesson learned from a feathered friend

    ‘I wonder what you’re thinking,” I asked myself as I peered through a window in our living room. A female cardinal was determined and steadfast in her efforts to enter our home.

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    BALLARD: Expressing gratitude every day

    Recently I have been working on gratitude in my personal life. I’ve always thought of myself as a grateful person and, on most days, I do offer thanks. But, as with everything, there is always room for improvement.

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    BALLARD: Believe in yourself, in others

    ‘Mother, I don’t think I can do it!” I said in an unsure, shaky voice.

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    BALLARD: Remembering and honoring Mother

    The other day I walked past a frame that captures a lifetime of memories behind its glass. I took it off the wall, sat in a chair and held it in my hands. A cream colored silk mat surrounds a poem and a drawing I created. At the top of the framed piece, tiny golden charms surround the printed poem...

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    BALLARD: Finding treasures amongst trash

    Perched between the crumpled up and shredded boxes and other stray debris, the old dresser looked completely out of place. It had been antiqued a bluish color with a process that was popular with furniture back in the 1970s.

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    BALLARD: Change of seasons leads to reflection

    A gentle breeze carried a crumpled, dry leaf past me as I walked outside. I stopped for a moment to watch the leaf as it glided slowly down to the ground. Floating through the air as if it were performing a dance, the leaf had gracefully succumbed to the changing temperatures. The moisture had left...

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    Listen to the voice within

    On several occasions throughout my lifetime, I’ve watched things align in such a perfect way that, when I look back at the process, it is rather amazing. One of the most important times was when my lifelong friendship with my wife, Debra, bloomed into a marriage that didn’t seem remotely...

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    Cruelty in any form should not be tolerated

    I was raised in a family where the mistreatment of people or animals wasn’t tolerated under any circumstance. I suppose that is why I’m super sensitive when I see any kind of abuse. I have a very tender heart and witnessing mistreatment in any form really gets to me.

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    BALLARD: Getting started can be the hardest step

    Have you ever noticed that when we are excited about or interested in something, we always find the time to do it and, in most cases, do it well? When we’re not interested, whatever it is remains undone and is quickly placed on the back burner.

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