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Oct 20, 2017

Yes, I Will Always Be Your Grandpa!

My granddaughter just turned 5. That's a delightful age and it is my second go around with a 5 year old grandchild. Sophia celebrated the Big Five just a few days ago and her older brother, Jacob, did a couple of years ago. I don't know if 5 is the best grandchild age or not - but it seems pretty good to me.

A recent article in GRAND magazine, The Times They Are A Changin', has author Debby Carroll responding to her grandchild's query, "Will you still be my Grammy when I turn 5?" How can a question like that not melt your heart?

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Oct 10, 2017

Flying Low

The last couple of weeks have been kind of rough. There seems to be an inordinate amount of bad things and sad news.Sometimes when the hits keep on coming you just want to hunker down in a hole or go somewhere to lick your proverbial wounds.



Still, I am not one to wallow in misery. So I've done what I do in times like these.

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Oct 03, 2017

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, September 2017

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from September, 2017 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Sep 30, 2017

Broken but not Shattered

Here is a link to my video of my testimony created by my church as well. Hello, my name is Aimee Tarte and I am a teacher at New River Middle School in

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Sep 26, 2017

Think Before You Speak

Let's get a show of hands: who thinks there are too many people who speak before they think?

It seems to be quite the problem. Way too many people are moving their lips before engaging their brains. When you speak without thinking what comes out of your mouth might be something you will soon regret.

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Sep 11, 2017

Remembering Grandparents and 9-11

Today is another anniversary of 9-11, the terrible day of terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Rightly so, we should never forget and always honor the memories of those who died that day. So many heartbreaks, but also so many heroes.

Yesterday was the annual Grandparents Day holiday. I find myself reflecting on both grandparents and 9-11.

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Sep 05, 2017

The Five W's of Work

Most of us work. We labor at a job and we hope our paycheck will cover our expenses.

But I've found that it really is important to work to live, rather than the other way around - live to work. If you are not sure what that means, I am repeating some age old wisdom that we need to have a full and meaningful life and if we have to work, hopefully whatever we do contributes to that life. You don't want to work in a dead-end job that you hate and that doesn't fulfill you. Even if it fills your bank account.

With that in mind, let's consider what meaningful work entails. I like using the 5 W's as a guide. That's right, the who, what, where, when and why.

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Sep 04, 2017

Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, August 2017

An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from August, 2017 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.

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Aug 28, 2017

Helpers of Hurricane Harvey

Natural disasters like the massive storm, Hurricane Harvey, hitting Texas are bigger than life events. The storms of life can be tough to weather; living through a disaster like this can change one's life.

What are the lessons to learn from such events? Being prepared is one of them. You can't save everything, but you can do some preparation.

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Aug 21, 2017

The Day the Sun Goes Dark

Today is the Great Eclipse of 2017, so labeled here in America to note a solar eclipse which will pass through the middle of the United States. Solar eclipses are awe-inspiring events when the moon comes between the earth and the sun and when the alignment is just right blocks the sunlight. The sun goes dark and for a few minutes day becomes night.

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