Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in December, 2016

culturaldifferencesAs a colleague of Nan’s; I often post on Current Musings about work, life and the blending of the two. As 2016 comes to an end and a new year is around the corner; it seems like a perfect time for a bit of inspiration. So in this month’s post, my hope is you’ll find that inspiration.

In the words of Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world … as in being able to remake ourselves.”

And, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Lastly, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

We’d love to hear what inspires you. A quote? An idea? A story? Let us know.


dickens-jpgBehind glass and in a weathered frame, an embroidered sampler hangs on my office wall. It’s dated 1883. On the left side is a simple Christmas tree outlined in green thread and highlighted with ornaments and candles; on the right is an embroidered Scrooge quote from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”

Its charming style suggests the work of young hands learning embroidery. Years ago, I bought it in an out-of-the-way antique shop in Pennsylvania, where we lived at the time, as a Christmas present for my mother in California. With her love of both Christmas and children, it seemed to call her name For three decades she had it on her living room wall, returning it to me as a gift a few years ago when she took ill.

Its message is the one I need this year. While holiday music plays, festive decorations abound, wintry weather nips, and gift ideas and special programming work to nudge me toward holiday cheer, my (continue reading →)

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