It Takes Commitment!

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Ordinarily my husband and I go away for our anniversary. Over the years, we’ve celebrated our marriage in a variety of ways. When we were young and still paying off student loans, we went camping and enjoyed mud baths. Another year we stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast that overlooked Monterey Bay. More often than not, our anniversary celebration has included warm weather and water even though we got married in March. We’ve been to Puerto Rico, Cabo San Lucas, Key West, and the Bahamas. This year, due to work commitments, my husband and I chose to stick closer … Read More

The Power of Patience

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The bulk of our TV viewing is watching shows we’ve recorded, so the glitch we’ve been experiencing with our cable TV the last month or so has turned what used to be a relaxing way to spend an evening into something quite maddening. Part of the benefit of recorded TV is being able to fast forward through the commercials. That’s simply not an option for us right now. Any attempt to skip commercials zaps you right back to the beginning of the show. And even though my husband and I know all about this funky glitch, there are still times … Read More

Guess What – Knowledge Isn’t Everything!

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I did it AGAIN! I know I have a reputation for being dangerous in the kitchen with knives, but I’ve managed to go quite a stretch without cutting myself. It’s true! That “stretch” all came to a halt recently when I was blissfully chopping cilantro for the burritos I was making for dinner. Not only did I manage to cut my finger, I actually cut right through my finger nail through to my finger! Can you tell that my knives are SHARP? Needless to say there was a delay to dinner! In the past, there have been other crazy adventures … Read More

How to Create the Atmosphere for Change

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Lately the weather in my neck of the woods has been bone chilling. There have been days that the temperatures have never risen above freezing. Hard to take global warming seriously when you are bundling up for days like that! Even though I live in Chattanooga, this California girl is a wimp in cold weather. Thank heavens the skies have been clear with very little precipitation because the conditions are perfect for snow and that’s something we aren’t well prepared for here. New habits are a bit like snow. They need the right conditions to formulate, stick around, and accumulate! … Read More

7 Steps to Simplifying Your Life

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Who doesn’t love Christmas morning? The stockings, the gifts, the yummy cinnamon rolls and egg casserole – at least that’s how we roll at my house. It was always such fun as a parent to watch my kids unwrap their gifts and be delighted with the contents. This year I was able to enjoy that same fun feeling with my grandkids –at least my oldest grandson. My granddaughters are both still a bit young to truly enjoy the wonder of Christmas like they will in years to come. The funny thing is that you can take care in picking the … Read More

Skip Resolutions – Embark on a One Word Adventure Instead

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions in 2017? Here’s what the top ten New Year’s resolutions were for 2017 according to the 2000 people they surveyed. Perhaps you too made one or more of these resolutions. While it’s traditional to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s something I rarely do! Did you know that only 1 out of 10 people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them? That isn’t very motivating to me. Given that 55% of Americans don’t make New Year’s resolutions at all, tells me I am not alone. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve been adopting … Read More

Where Could You Be If You Weren’t Procrastinating?

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Now and then there’s a task on my “to do” list that lingers for a week, a month, or even a season; a task that I just never seem to get to. The longer a task lingers on my list, the less productive I feel. A few months back, I had a book revision project on my to do list that didn’t get crossed off for much longer than I care to admit. In my head, this project was big, complicated, and involved research that I wasn’t very excited about. Isn’t that the root of procrastinating? The thinking – even … Read More

Captain Steady – The Real Life Superhero That Makes a Difference

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Superheroes are wildly popular these days, which explains why there are more than 25 superhero movies coming out in the next three years. As a culture, the idea of being able to swoop in and instantly accomplish something unprecedented and remarkable for good is incredibly appealing. The superhero concept is not new. While many believe Superman to be the oldest superhero, Mandrake the Magician debuted four years before Superman hit the scene in 1938. Mandrake the Magician’s superpower: he was able to make people believe anything, simply by gesturing hypnotically. Many superheroes have followed Mandrake the Magician and Superman. No … Read More

What A Difference Hope Makes!

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Hope is a fragile thing. It is not stagnant. Hope swells. Hope shrinks. What I put my hope in – that makes all the difference! As believers, hope is a strong confidence in God – the One who has unlimited power and resources; He is the One who is able to make profound changes in me and produce results far beyond my imagination when I cooperate with Him. When my hopes are dashed, I know that my hope has been misplaced. Hope is choosing to see my present circumstances from God’s perspective. In order to do that, I must get … Read More

Inspiration from Rio

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Growing up, my family had a tiny, and I mean tiny, black and white television that mostly lived in the closet. Assuming all went well in a week, we were allowed a whopping hour of TV – an hour my siblings and I chose very carefully! And then there were those years when the Olympics were on and the TV came out of the closet for an extended period of time. And yes, I say years, because when I was a kid both the winter and summer Olympics were held the same year. I have fond memories of watching the … Read More