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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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Noun: Zephyr  (ZEFF-er) Definition: 1. A breeze from the west, or any gentle breeze. 2. Any of various lightweight fabrics and articles of clothing. Sample sentence: There was not even a zephyr stirring and the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds.

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Gratitude turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

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