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It was late fall...

It was late fall and the gardening work had to be finished up. Plants were pulled, compost tilled into the ground, and pruning done. The roses were trimmed, and my job was to cut them up and dispose of them. I began cutting them into even smaller sections and stacking them for the compost pile. Roses are one of my favorite flowers, but the problem with roses is that they have thorns! Even with gloves on the thorns stuck me and I said, "Ouch" several times.
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Proper 21 | OT 26 | Pentecost 18
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Object: A list of rules, or a sign with rules you might see at a pool or school. Feel free to use this list if you wish.

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Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence. The bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
-- Sanskrit Proverb

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