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Adjective: Quiescent  (kwy-ESS-unt) Definition: 1. Marked by inactivity or repose: tranquilly at rest. 2. Causing no trouble or symptoms. Sample sentence: The alligator is deceptively quiescent on the sunny shore, watching its approaching prey, waiting for the moment to strike.

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We don’t talk about trees getting older…we say they are growing. Let’s use the same language for ourselves:  we are not getting older, we are growing.

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Noun: Verdigris  (VER-duh-greess) Definition:  A green or bluish deposit formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces. Sample sentence: They are covering up not only the verdigris that developed on the copper roof, but also years of wear and tear that caused the roof to leak

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Close some doors: not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere.

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Adjective: Ulterior  (ul-TEER-ee-er) Definition: 1. Laying farther away: more remote. 2. Situated on the farther side. 3. Going beyond what is openly said or shown. Sample sentence: While their campaign does shed light on an important issue, their good intentions are undercut by their ulterior motive, which is to make a profit.

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Pain means you’re growing. Fear means you’re risking. Tears mean it mattered. Take what hurts you and let it help you.

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Noun: Jackanapes  (JAK-uh-nayps) Definition: 1. Monkey, ape. 2. An impudent or conceited fellow. 3. A saucy or mischievous child. Sample sentence: Mrs. Hobson had her neighbor’s son pegged as a disrespectful jackanapes and was therefore reluctant to hire him to shovel the driveway.

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If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you tell a lie, it becomes a part of your future.

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Adjective: Obstinate  (AHB-stuh-nut) Definition: 1. Perversely adhering to an opinion,  purpose, or course,  in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion. 2. Not easily overcome or removed. Sample sentence: As usual, Uncle Mitch remained obstinate in his opinion even though the facts were clearly stacked against him.

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There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who won’t jump puddles for you.

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