To me this is an inspirational blog. I felt the compelling need to share – Penny

∼ Reconstructing Christina ∼

“To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of intelligent people

and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics

and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;

to leave the world a bit better,

whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,

or redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier

because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~



I have been so deeply moved the past few days by reading other blogs and posts that some might find sad or melancholy…to me I found myself. I found a connection to others in that deep dark place that only people who have had or are going through tragedy can truly relate to. No one can know…each is a unique story.

Perhaps it isn’t just that they’re…

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  1. Hi Penny! How do I say this? I’m sure you’ve received this type of message tens of times before 🙂 So I think it’s enough to let you know that your writing serves as a source of inspiration to me and other bloggers out there and I am honored to share The Very Inspiring Blogger Award with you. Being such a respected member of the blogging community, this distinction belongs to you without need of acknowledgement or acceptance 🙂

  2. I used this passage in my daughter’s high school yearbook. Parents could buy an “ad space” dedicated to their child.

    “To know even one life has breathed easier

    because you have lived.

    This is to have succeeded.”

    ~ And Amanda, you have succeeded.

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