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Enter 2018 with a Strong Heart!

A New Year Blessing May the year ahead find you flourishing because you are growing in your expressions of love. May your mind be stirred by God’s counsel and your will be quickened. May you sing your new song in such a manner that others find hope in your continued transformation. May the peace in…

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A Blessing for the New Year

Dear Friends… There is nothing like sick to increase ones gratitude for good health and to remind us what truly matters in this world frantic for success. My hubby and I have been bedroom-bound for 3 weeks with the flu, which then went into secondary infections. We felt so bad we didn’t mind canceling all…

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A Plan For Holiday Sadness

Melancholy can descend upon us like heavy drapes from a theater,  which is why it’s good to have a plan for holiday sadness. The gala emphasis on family, while good, can also push our loss buttons causing our cheery feelings to be run off by “ghosts of Christmas past.” Those whom we love who are…

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4 ways to “Douse an Angry Exchange”

Remember it’s hard to maintain an argument with someone who isn’t adding brush to the fire. 1. Thoughtfully. Stop angry words before regret. Learn to nip verbal cycles that lead to arguments. Some spats have lasted far too long and others don’t need to happen. Practice a pause (one deep breath or two) before you…

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Changing Seasons: Risk and Trust

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ John Howard Bryant Do you have the same level of angst I do when I’m down to the last few pages of a book that has cast a spell over my heart? The characters have become friends, close ones, and I don’t want them to leave. I love their town,…

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Changing Seasons: Seeds of Promise

I’ve been working on a family tree. It’s been fascinating, shocking, funny, and by all means revealing. For instance, I am a distant relative of Pocahontas. Isn’t that delightful!  Also my great, great, great grandmother was Mary Todd’s teacher for 4 years. She helped Mary perfect her French and taught her the dances of royalty.…

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Little Things… A Guest Post from Andy Andrews

How a “Little Thing” Like Gratitude Can Transform Your Life Andy Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Things: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff, now available in bookstores everywhere! Click here to get your copy now. Take a look at the painting to the right. I’m going to…

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Thanksgiving Greetings!

I adore Fall!   I love swaddling in sweaters and scarves and pulling on knee-high boots that smell leathery and feel friendly. I applaud a roaring fireplace with its spit and crackle companioned with steamy cups of dark cocoa. I appreciate the art of wet leaves splayed on windshields and sidewalks. I delight in cozy…

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Facebook Live

Had such fun on my FIRST Facebook Live last week.  Did you miss it? You can watch it here and be sure to like my Facebook page so you don’t miss anything! Like my Facebook page here —–>>>>>FACEBOOK PAGE

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