New Beginning

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Our attitude

Letting go, yesterday’s past

Enjoying each daily quest

Freshly written page to last


Our individuality

Allowing self to shine through

Hanging on to every strength

Life now ready to renew


Our character

Practicing Lord’s “Golden Rule”

Sharing kindness with others

Day’s always shining jewel


Our relationships

Searching every precious heart

Reflecting love through actions

Another day’s blessed start


New beginning

Pioneering novel ways

Tasting delicious goodness

Tomorrow ready to blaze


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Ida Tarbell Quotes

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We are raising our standard of living at the expense of our standard of character.

A mind which really lays hold of a subject is not easily detached from it.

Ida Tarbell (1857-1944) was an American writer and investigative journalist.  She was one of the leading muckrakers during the progressive era during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Paying Actions Forward (Haiku Series #208)

Character Counts

Guiding principle

Building lasting foundation—

Honesty always

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Gift for Tomorrow

Righteous citizens

Preserving lasting good name—

Sharing goodwill

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Setting the Table

Each generation

Integrity’s highest road

Inheriting trust

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Nel Noddings Quotes

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Everything we do, then, as teachers, has moral overtones.

It still amazes me that we insist on teaching algebra to all students when only about 20 percent will ever us it and fail to teach anything about parenting when the vast majority of our students will become parents.

Nel Noddings (1929-2022) was an American educator and philosopher.  Her teaching career included 17 years as an elementary and high school teacher along with serving in administrative positions.  Before retiring in 1998, her career moved into teaching and administrative positions at Stanford, Columbia, and Colgate universities.

Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

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The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.

Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world.

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was an American educator, philanthropist, and civil rights activist.  A daughter of former slaves, she made a significant impact in the lives of many.

Interventions (Elfchen Series #122)



New day

On eagle’s wings

Soaring to Father’s refuge


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Bitter tongue

Walking with Jesus

Righteousness fills each word


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God’s mercy

Filling our spirit

Overflowing with His goodness


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Enduring Qualities (Haiku Series #194)


Permanent header

Each social media page—

“Please respect others!”

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Stacking up higher

One lie follows another—

Is anyone counting?

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 Stepping with courage

Into challenges light, but—

Shard of darkness breathes

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Helen Keller Quote

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

From Romans 5:3-5:  “And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Watchman Nee Quote

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If you would test the character of anything, you only need to enquire whether that that thing leads you to God or away from God.

From James 1:2-4:  “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face various trials, consider it all joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.”

Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher.  He authored a collection of Christian books, and he endured persecution for his beliefs.  Ultimately, he died while being imprisoned for the final twenty years of his life.

Margaret Chase Smith Quotes

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Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) served in the United States House of Representatives (1940-1949) and the United States Senate (1949-1973).  She was the first woman elected to both houses of Congress.  In her 1950 speech, “Declaration of Conscience,” she challenged and condemned the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunt.