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Christopher Tidrick
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Worth the Work
It's easy to blame the world. It's easy to feel sorry for myself. It's easy to be selfish. It's easy to let life happen. My goal is for 2015 to be hard -- because I have owned my choices, practiced sincere gratitude, put others first in my thoughts and acti...

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Seeds of Opportunity


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Images from the Illinois Arboretum - December 26, 2014


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A Christmas Reflection
The sun arrived in the middle of Christmas morning, streaming through the windows in beams that cut across the ripped and crumpled wrapping paper on the floor. It's been such a grey December, even fleeting rays among the remnants of a Christmas Eve rainstor...

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Bottling the Day at Rock Mill Brewery
As I drove the hilly curves outside Lancaster, I could feel her anticipation rising. I was visiting Jess for the weekend after a long work week. She'd come up with the perfect Saturday activity -- a visit to the Rock Mill Brewery tasting room where we could...

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The Lesson of the Walnuts
I chose my steps carefully around the furrowed trunk of the black walnut. Ripening husks littered the floor of the Illinois Arboretum nut grove, greasy black flesh waiting to stain a poorly placed shoe. I closed my eyes and took in the earthy lemon scent th...

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Waking to the Lunar Eclipse
My alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, an abrupt reminder of last night's eagerness to write before the day began. My sluggish hand slowly cleared the sleep from my eyes as my body fought the urge to spend another hour under the covers. I've been sleeping ...
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