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Forgive the personal reference today in my column, but I have had an exhausting two weeks with over 3,000 miles covered and a lot of heartbreak. When I start to write my column, I always think of what I have been learning and how I can communicate what I have stored away in my heart and mind with those who follow my writing. I only know how to write what is in my heart.

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I wrote to a friend from high school the other day and said, “At our age, we learn to take our little delights and unexpected gifts of life whenever they come and however we can absorb them.” Marie wrote back and said, “You are very right. And I am only glad that I have learned to be content in whatever state I am in and with whatever good I have in my life.”

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“Unfettered,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary, means “free from fetters or other physical bonds.”

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“I get like a tigress when it’s about my kids,” wrote famed actress Meryl Streep.

I did not get to read the entire interview, but I can only imagine that someone had attacked one of her offspring and she did not like it very much at all. From some of the titles I read on printed media while waiting in grocery check out lanes, I am surprised that more mothers haven’t cried out or attempted to stop the printing of slanderous lies and innuendo that probably has little basis of truth.

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I read a quote this week from Amy Tan that has stuck in my mind more than many do: “In a Chinese family, the mother pulls very tightly on the bond to a point where the daughter asks, ‘Why can’t I know about such and such?’ and the mother answers, ‘Because I haven’t put it into your mind yet.’”

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