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Starting the Day - Another chance to be new again. How many of us still wish for that? To be your own sunrise. To awaken like a prayer -both solemn and joyful at still being alive. — Carew Papritz

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More than likely you'll do well enough alone by the engines of your own fate until you either hit a few really nasty bumps in the road or grow old enough to realize that there may be a diamond or two in what you thought was your old man's bucket. — Carew Papritz

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There's so much to learn. So much to enjoy. So terribly much to be curious about. Take your life and run with it. Make a habit of being alive. This much of anything, I have learned. And am still learning. — Carew Papritz

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It is everything that makes a man. It is everything that makes this man. And that is who I am alive, and that is who I am dead. — Carew Papritz

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Reading teaches us the nuances of humanity. To find the beauty of what is moral and ethical in your own actions and discover the strange subtlety of what it is to question why you should exist. — Carew Papritz

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It's a fool who thinks having a kid is a right, which is the biggest crock of fish heads I've ever heard. — Carew Papritz

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Why travel? To be changed, and to be changed again and again. — Carew Papritz

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Sometimes the best way is to get out of your own way. — Carew Papritz

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I want to remember ... Smelling your newness upon this earth. The baby-Jesus smell as Grandma used to put it. Pure. Unsullied. Like the imagined smell in the twirling air of eiderdown feathers spin-floating around the yard on a new spring day. — Carew Papritz

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It's not who you are, but what you're made of. It's not where you come from, but where you're going to. — Carew Papritz

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Respect both what you need to know and what you don't need to know. Respect mystery, for mystery is still needed to run the universe."
The Legacy Letters, by Carew Papritz
"Things I didn't know. — Carew Papritz

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Marriage is love put to it's ultimate test - the grindstone of life. Where the idealism of love meets the everydayness of marriage. — Carew Papritz

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It is you who must someday break through the protective polish of who you are, to become naked and powerful to who you can truly be. — Carew Papritz

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I can FEEL her next to me. This UNION. Of WARMTH. Of CARING. Of the INDESCRIBABLE. As if there were NO PARTING and NEVER could be. — Carew Papritz

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A Good Man. Every night, like a question-and-answer prayer, my son and I recite ... What are you going to be? And he says ... An honest man. A fair man. A courageous man. And a good man. That's the most important thing, Papa. And my job is finally done. For the night. — Carew Papritz

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Heavy rains and a good book. A perfect extravagance. — Carew Papritz

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Why read? Because books are precious guides to our humanity - civilization's backbone - that tenuous ridgeline that allows us to climb above the jungle and see what the horizon has to offer. Thus they represent the yearning to go beyond, to explore. Yet they are also human-sized. And made of paper and ink, and thus they come from the earth. Their physicality is what makes them immensely human. And they contain the flesh-and-bone thoughts of one person capturing one blink of time, now made immortal in the bound pages carried by your own hands and touched by your own eyes. How can such fragile and thin paper and spidery veins of ink be our most precious treasure, binding together the entire hope and legacy and language of a civilization - of our existence. We touch the book and turn the page, and thus we are bound to our destiny. — Carew Papritz

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Rain. Tumble, bumble and, fall on me. Any old day, any old way. Come for a visit, or come for a stay. Rain, rain, don't go away. — Carew Papritz

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Summer, dropping so easily a delicious everything upon your skin and lips. Like a never-ending kiss - taunting, deep, and luscious. — Carew Papritz

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Enjoy the RIDE NOW. You'll be SUCCESSFUL later, however YOU define SUCCESS. — Carew Papritz

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Marriage is not the beginning of the journey, nor the end - it is the journey. — Carew Papritz

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Older doesn't always mean wiser. It just means that you've had more time to do the same things over and over again- right, wrong, and different. — Carew Papritz

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I travel to be replenished with beauty, for travel makes the beauty of this world seem like a Christmas that never ends. — Carew Papritz

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No, you become a man when you first decide to put away the things of childhood, the talk of childhood, and the thoughts of childhood. You decide because you cannot be treated as both a man and a boy. Because you are either one or the other, but you are not both ... — Carew Papritz

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And Sometimes I Feel as if I'm Only a Doorman Awaiting the Arrival of her Royal Majesty. — Carew Papritz

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Make doing your best a habit, and you'll never know not doing your best. If you build roads, then build them Roman - make them last two thousand years. Dig ditches as if you were taking them to the state fair to win another blue ribbon for best ditches ... — Carew Papritz

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I travel for the jolting, angelic act of seeking strangeness and newness and profoundness. — Carew Papritz

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Money-it can buy your kids anything, but it cannot teach them love, respect, and the true value of living life without things. — Carew Papritz

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I wish I could wrap up the glitter star-green of this moment and hand it to you like an angel gift. Give you the heat lightning flying in jagged silence over the distant mountains. And the smell of September prairie grass and the even fainter scent of October pine now descending ... — Carew Papritz

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Dream young. Don't settle for old - for to be old is to be superstitious and without curiosity and always questioning your faith. And be ferocious in your dreaming - run like a sun's explosion, and skip across bluing waves, and dance upon tips of swan feathers. — Carew Papritz

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The Losing of Love ... Like discovering a shard of heaven's handwriting in the snowflake that has landed upon your hand, desperately wishing you could give such beauty to your best friend before it melts away. And what you are left with is an exquisite regret - the eloquent conspiracy of memory - of the moment lived and the moment wished for that never will arrive. — Carew Papritz

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I travel to know where I fit into the world, and where I don't. — Carew Papritz

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The trick to not growing old is to: Stay curious. Keep your teeth. Stay hopeful. Do everything gracefully, yet kick when you have to. — Carew Papritz

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As I see it, you GET married - but you MAKE a marriage. — Carew Papritz

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Rain with an umbrella while holding hands with your lover is damned sure nice. — Carew Papritz

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Hunger
You are only here now, and then you are gone. So be hungry. Hunger toward beauty. Hunger toward love. Hunger towards the unimaginable and unthinkable. — Carew Papritz

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I want to remember warming your two a.m. bottle, clipping your locks, watching you be baptized, bathing you in the big porcelain sink ... how I often laid you against my chest and felt the cradlesong of your tiny breaths as you fell asleep ... — Carew Papritz

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Get someone-anyone-to read books to you. Having books read to you at any age is the supremo ultimato of living. — Carew Papritz

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Starting the Day
The Legacy Letters
By Carew Papritz
Sometimes we make being happy so difficult. And being thankful such a chore. Starting the day like a job we hate. Beginning it like swallowing ten tablespoons of devil-made cough syrup. Because somehow along the way we forget that being alive and healthy and happy are noble goals-or just good ideas. And that the opposite of being alive is being dead. What a choice. — Carew Papritz

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Wind now Sweeping over my Bare Back
I wish I could wrap up the glitter star-green of this moment and hand it to you like an angel gift.
Give you the heat lightning flying in jagged silence over the distant mountains. And the smell of September prairie grass and the even fainter scent of October pine now descending ...
Give you the invisible sage wind whisking past your cheeks. And the cricket quartets and frog symphonies that play near the creek's edge.
To collect these sensations like a scientist of the soul and give them to you in their finest hour of coincidence and destiny. — Carew Papritz

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Love your kids and just be there for them. You don't have to eyeball their every moment or to orchestrate all their comings and goings. They know this. They know that's too much. All they want is to be assured that there's a home fire cooking, that there are two foremen and a rulebook, and that there's someone to tuck them in at night. — Carew Papritz

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Don't spoil kids by trying to buy them off, to buy their time. Kids aren't stupid. They know a bribe when they see one. They want a parent not a payoff. — Carew Papritz

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I gather the last remnants of the evening's breeze, so cool and lazy within my arms, feeling it curl up like a small and innocent kitten. — Carew Papritz

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Eat Ice Cream. Read Books. Be Happy. — Carew Papritz

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Do not give a damn what "they" have to say (and you will know who they are) for you are either very right or very wrong, but at least you are very something. — Carew Papritz

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You become a man when, in having children, you not only physically look after and protect them but also protect them with all the love and learning you have to give. — Carew Papritz

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Old is old at any age. Old is when you quit asking questions about this, that, and everything. Old is when you forget how to love-or worse, don't care. Old is when you don't want to dance anymore. Old is when you don't want to learn anything new except how to be old. Old is when people tell you that you are old-and you believe them. — Carew Papritz

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Time. Either you're for it or against it. So be here now. Not later. — Carew Papritz

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Take off my clothes and there becomes a man. Take off my skin and there becomes my bones. Break all my bones and there becomes my heart. Smash my heart and there becomes my soul. And that you cannot take. And what is my soul? ... It is everything that make a man. It is everything that makes this man. — Carew Papritz

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Who will you be my Little Ones?
Who will you be, my Little Ones?
Will you dance for the fires of your youth
and run at midnight to water's edge,
diving into summer's heat?
Will you ride a wild mare
to any thought or dream or love of your making?
Will you seek the artistry of your own infatuations
and explore all the reckless and eccentric corners
of your own impetuous world? — Carew Papritz

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I remember once kissing you, your face lit by northern stars. Promising to grow old with you, and now so simply breaking the promise. — Carew Papritz

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I travel not only for the passion and madness and desire of movement, but because travel, like bread and water and air, becomes necessary to a life fully dreamed and lived. — Carew Papritz

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Just because you're breathing, doesn't mean you're alive. — Carew Papritz

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In reality, Little Ones, there are two winters. One made for kids; the other for adults. The one made for adults is always too cold and always too long. The one made for kids is always perfect. A kid winter is an endless and wild snow carnival where all the rides are free. — Carew Papritz

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Teach them what you love to do in life. It really doesn't matter what it is. It never does. Just show them how important a passion is ... — Carew Papritz

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So How Much of a THING or THINGS is Enough? And if you have EVERYTHING, have you achieved perfect HAPPINESS? — Carew Papritz

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You know there's got to be a better way of life - somewhere, sometime, somehow - but you're not exactly sure what better is. — Carew Papritz

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Kids. They're not tin cans or sheetrock. They're laughing machines. Wind them up and watch them go. — Carew Papritz

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Part of loving kids is laying down fencelines. They need to know immediately when they've crossed a line; otherwise the lesson doesn't get learned. — Carew Papritz

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The Everything and Nothing of Money
The Legacy Letters
By Carew Papritz
Summer, and you are the first man and the first woman to kiss. The first to know the exacting, steeling pain of a broken heart. The first to know everything about the whole cascading universe of gods and stars and lunacy and tenderness. Thus you become the first man and woman to know love. And God help you, for you are now the first man and woman in the world. — Carew Papritz

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What good is an "I LOVE YOU" If said only when you have to?
What good is it to ride a horse if you cannot gallop?
What good is it to believe in someone if you doubt your own belief? — Carew Papritz

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Spring is a time to make up a big bouquet of flowers for someone you love, or are trying to love, or are in love with. — Carew Papritz

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We may not always fight well, and some days we may not be able to fight at all, but somehow we find out what we are made of by trying and beginning again. — Carew Papritz

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If you don't know how to grow old, don't start learning how to grow old. — Carew Papritz

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Be the greatest of who you were meant to be. Life goes on ferociously-with or without you. It is your choice. Truly and magnificently your choice. — Carew Papritz

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I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven't seen, how much I'm not going to see, and how much I still need to see.
- The Legacy Letters, by Carew Papritz — Carew Papritz

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Who will you be, my Little Ones? Will you dance for the fires of your youth and run at midnight to water's edge, diving into summer's heat? Will you ride a wild mare to any thought or dream or love of your making? Will you seek the artistry of your own infatuations and explore ... — Carew Papritz

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Money can buy you everything to fill your time but it cannot buy time itself. And things are definitely not time. — Carew Papritz

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Money may buy you the means to a happiness, but it cannot buy happiness itself. — Carew Papritz

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Sunrise - a time when all truths are still clean and enviable. — Carew Papritz

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Wake up. Be thankful. For whatever happens on this day, you are endlessly given the chance to start again-to be alive. And all of us should wish for that. — Carew Papritz

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I promise to dream with you both great dreams and small dreams. To ask your counsel in times of uncertainty. To honor your silence when you seek to be alone. To be ever wondrous at your curiosities and revelations. And to be ever rejuvenated by your passions ... — Carew Papritz

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When do you become a man? When you become your own man. When other men trust you to do a man's work. Trust you with their name, their reputation, their thoughts. Trust you to watch their backs and trust you with their lives. — Carew Papritz

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All you have to do to quickly become OLD is to slowly GIVE UP being ALIVE. — Carew Papritz

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Rain with no shoes is just as much fun as rain with big rubber galoshes. — Carew Papritz

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Money. It fits around your neck like some permanent noose. always waiting for your next misstep. — Carew Papritz

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I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable. — Carew Papritz

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Becoming a man means doing the right thing even though it may be hard or difficult. Boys do what is easiest. A man does what is right, whether easy or not. — Carew Papritz

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So curious you must be. Like little calves poking their heads through the fence with big eyes and a headful of curiosity. — Carew Papritz

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Kids are kids and not little adults. They're watching and listening to you all the time. They're figuring out the game plan but still don't know all the rules. Talk straight to them and they'll respect you for it. — Carew Papritz

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Living isn't always red bows and birthday balloons. — Carew Papritz

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Remember, life is too short to be spent dancing with idiots. — Carew Papritz

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I travel for the great stories now ready tell, and those waiting to be told. — Carew Papritz

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Dream Bravely.
Find fearlessness inside of you. Dare, and fear will falter. Challenge, and fear will flee. This is the beginning of your dream-making. — Carew Papritz

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So, if the truest currency of life is time, then how do you get more time? Because if more is merrier, than having more time should make us more happier. Right? Therefore, all we have to ask ourselves is can we buy more time? ... — Carew Papritz

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You become a man when you marry not just for love but to be a partner with your wife. To be the best man you can be with her, and when you fall short, to admit your shortcomings and to constantly strive to be a great man to your wife. — Carew Papritz

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No one OWES you a THING. So don't EXPECT it. You're on your OWN. — Carew Papritz

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Start with a brand new good-morning. To your husband or your wife. To your kids. To those you work with - and don't work with. What's the harm? How difficult is it? And it isn't, and you know it. So do it. — Carew Papritz

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MUSIC. Tunneling right down into your CORE and SOULTIME. Hep, sloppy, SEXY and cerebral. Chancy and hip-swinging like ELVIS and your first teenage KISS. — Carew Papritz

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You might want more time in your life to attempt the things you like to do, and not just perform the things you have to do. — Carew Papritz

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It's a fool who thinks that having a kid is a right, which is the biggest crock of fishheads I've ever heard. You have a responsibility, not only to a person but also to a spirit because that's what a child is. A pissing, crying, yawning, giggling, laughing package of spirit that is looking for you to take the lead. It's a heck of a responsibility to look after a spirit. — Carew Papritz

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Enjoy what you are learning and doing. This is one of the hardest concepts in the entire world to understand. Harder yet to put into practice. — Carew Papritz

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Thanksgiving - fall's finale. Best damn holiday of the year in my worldly estimation. — Carew Papritz

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Time. Either you are for it or against it. So be here now. Not later. Do what you want to do, and with the people you love. Learn to appreciate time and make doing so a habit. And if you want to do nothing, then enjoy doing it well. Why do anything by half? Why live a life diluted? What's the use? — Carew Papritz

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The Number One Rule of Working Is: DO THE BEST WORK YOU CAN. Why do anything but your best? What's the point? — Carew Papritz

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KIDS. They know a BRIBE when they see one. They want a PARENT, not a PAY-OFF. They don't care if you're Jack-King-Rodeo or Mister-You-Own-New-York. All they understand is time spent WITH YOU or WITHOUT YOU. It's that SIMPLE. — Carew Papritz

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You become a man when you give your family the best of who you are. — Carew Papritz

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Your time is your time. Be awake to it. It's hard work to be wisely alive. — Carew Papritz

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The things you don't know or understand are as important as your desire to know them. This is the relationship of man to mystery. — Carew Papritz

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Sometimes we make being happy so difficult. And being thankful such a chore. — Carew Papritz