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chance [ chanss ] likelihood that something will happen: the degree of probability that something will happen opportunity or opportune time: an opportunity or a set of circumstances that makes it possible for something to happen gamble or risk: a gamble or other act involving uncertainty or risk photo credit: http://stevegutzlerblog.wordpress.com/ When I was little I remember two things that ...

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de·ter·mi·na·tion [ di tùrmi náysh’n ] firmness of purpose: firmness of purpose, will, or intention fixed purpose: a fixed purpose or resolution act of discovering something: an act of finding out or ascertaining something, especially as a result of investigation or research   Oh my gosh determination is a good word for me right now. So many things come to ...

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ap·pre·ci·a·tion [ ə pre’shee áysh’n ] gratefulness: a feeling or expression of gratitude positive opinion: a favorable opinion of something valuing something highly: recognition and liking of something’s qualities Wow, I have always appreciated teachers and after today I appreciate them just a little bit more. I help in my son’s classroom a couple times a month, typically grading papers. ...

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spend [ spend ] pay money: to pay out money in exchange for goods or services devote time or effort: to devote time, energy, or thought to something pass time: to pass a particular amount of time in a particular place or way For one month, the month of January, the kids and I have made a deal to not ...

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hon·es·ty [ ónnəstee ] moral uprightness: the quality, condition, or characteristic of being fair, truthful, and morally upright truthfulness: truthfulness, candor, or sincerity plant: a hardy plant with flat silvery seed pods that are often used for indoor decoration. I’m not sure if honesty is the right word. What would you do in this situation …? I took the kids ...

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