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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 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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My Mom…

Mom

My Mom… ◊ was a great cook. Her fried chicken was the best in the world. Yes, world. And her banana pudding…there aren’t words. Baking powder biscuits, pork chops, salmon patties, and the list goes on. ◊ was an inventive decorator…she knew pretty. And there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t tackle. She could sew, paint, knock…

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