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Courage when faced with fear

 I’ve been thinking this morning about my most favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. 

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.

You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

–Eleanor Roosevelt “You Learn By Living” (1960), 29-30



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Happy 7th Birthday: Annabelle Blanche


Seven years ago,  Annabelle Blanche was born in Piedmont, Alabama.  It seems like just yesterday that I brought her home.  She was about 6 weeks old and could fit in the palm of a grown man’s hand.   I was so overwhelmed that first week I actually tried to give her back to the family from which I bought her.  Luckily for me, they offered only to tell people that called them from the posted ad in the newspaper to call me instead.  I never heard from any of those people!

Annabelle has been a constant in my life over these tumultuous seven years.  She’s made every move with me.  She’s adapted herself to being a city dog even though she spent her puppy years in a house with a yard.  She’s met all my friends and boyfriends.  She’s licked my tears and been a reason for me to get out of the house during tough times.  She’s been my lazy day companion.  She’s been my running buddy. 

I’m blessed to have such a fun companion in all my adventures!

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