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"Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere"

The words of Anton Ego, food critic in the 2007 animated film Ratatouille. It's already quite a classic, I know, but it is only just recently that I truly really saw the movie with full intent (you have to thank my young niece and nephew for that). The idea of a rat capable of being the finest chef in Paris is just out of this world of course, but it underlines the message the movie conveys: you can be anything your heart desires. That, my readers, is as true and/or cliché as you believe it to be. It sure is damn hard, to be what your heart desires, but again it's reachable, achievable, doable. Darn!


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Knitted every strain of cells in my body
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The woman you have blessed me to call mother
She has in her heart for us to know thee
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Every early morning circled-around to praise thee

So from my youth I have heard thee
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In the scriptures as it is written down
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Growing up and maturing has never been easy
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But I’m grateful to see and feel you in everything
Never ever letting me go, your faithfulness unchanging

No doubt it is you and always you
Who has been there for me for sure
Now as a man wanting to know more
Guide me always to come to you
That I may be with you forever more
For truly from forever to forever, You Are

W. S.