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Last Wednesday’s Grace Gathering was a joy: the coffee shop, the women, and the topic. This month we gathered around the theme, Got Girlfriends? How to navigate the tricky waters of where to find ‘em, how to keep ‘em, and when to let ‘em go. Yup, it's a mouthful, and it made for intriguing stories and discussion. We started the evening with Lynn Beaver’s story of what she’s learned about friendship in recent years. With a job as a professional listener, she’s discovered that one of the things she desires most is personal friends who ask about her and then listen. That resonated with …

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I have a not-so-secret obsession.  I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t seem to help it. I am compelled to collect words -- especially quotations. There’s just something about stumbling over a thoughtful phrase that perfectly describes something I know to be true (and could never say as prettily) that thrills my little heart! Here’s a recent favorite: I complained about this recently to a friend, this disconnect between who we are and how others perceive us. I said: “The trouble is, I’m a fish, but everyone thinks I’m a rabbit.” The friend just looked me in the eye and said: “Then why do you surround yourself with people who can only give you …

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