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I believe it was one of my Algonquin idols, Dorothy Parker, who said:

“That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.”

How many languages do you speak and are you able to say ‘No’ in at least one of them?

Thought so.

Many people have trouble saying no. I did.

And one of the funny things about people who have trouble saying ‘No’ is that we have no trouble with people saying ‘No’ to us. I wonder why, then, we feel we will be judged harshly if we tell people to please just go away?

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12-Nov-13: Writing for National November Blog Post Month 2013
What is your favourite season?

Whilst Spring is often seen as a gently awakening month comparable to youth, I see it as something quite fierce and determined which speaks of age.

Age, the wisdom of age and the attendant knowledge that Spring will always arrive and do its bit in preparation for the other seasons. That speaks of a determined mother, perhaps, getting things ready for her children to bloom later on.

Determination also, because Spring once manifested itself to me in the dead of Winter. Not a warm Winter, but Winter Winter. I remember seeing a usually frail bulb poking its head up on a firm green stalk of a neck in the deepest snow well before it was due out. That was a stop moment.

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Writing for National November Blog Post Month 2013
11-Nov-13: Do you feel like you get enough of what you need to keep your heart/soul happy?

Without being ungrateful (and unhappy) for what I do have and the many friends and family who make up the rich tapestry of my life, the honest answer would have to be no. I do not feel I get enough of what is needed to make my heart and soul feel true happiness.

(Gosh, maybe I should have read through these questions more thoroughly before agreeing to this daily writing challenge. Some of these questions are a little hard hitting.)

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