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We don’t get practice time, and then go out and live our lives after we’ve perfected ourselves. We go out and try things, see if they work, we fall down, we get up, we embarrass ourselves, we don’t die of embarrassment – but we don’t get to practice life without an audience. And that audience usually has an opinion. It doesn’t matter.

3-year-olds say the darnedest things. For instance, my 3-year-old said: “Dammit.” When I turned to look at her, she responded in her most matter-of-fact voice, “I say that now.“ She said a lot this past year, most of which I have already forgotten. There were a few zingers…

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion,…