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Author:Betty Streff

Weeds and Wisdom. Four Lessons They Taught Me

"Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get."~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.   Wisdom has a way of hiding in the ordinary. I don't remember a time in my life when wisdom showed up in a fancy outfit. It's true that the Bible tells us wisdom is more precious than rubies but I've found she usually shows up in work clothes. Often...

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Ditch the Beat the Clock Life. Pause to Feed Your Soul.

"Never be too busy to really live and enjoy your life. Once time passes, we never get it back."~Tiny Buddha   Beat the Clock was an insanely popular television show from 1950 to 1961. The premise was for couples or families to perform a super wacky task before the buzzer went off and if they could, they would win money. You can find full episodes on YouTube....

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Boom! And Suddenly it is the Fourth of July!

"May we think of freedom not as the opportunity to do as we like but as the opportunity to do the right thing."~ Peter Marshall     The Fourth of July makes me completely giddy and I'm a passionate aficionado of fireworks!!  They keep my eyes riveted to the sky and I always wish they'd last a lot longer. No matter how old I get, I'm ten again...

Start Your Morning Right and Change Your World

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”~ Meister Eckhart   When I was a little kid, you could buy "magic slates," sometimes called paper savers, in grocery stores and dime stores everywhere. They consisted of a clear plastic film layered on top of a sturdy backboard with a special coating. I could write or draw on the film to my heart's content with the handy stylus...

A Fresh Look at Limits. They Do Not Have to Limit You!

“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” ~ Rumi   I've grown to love the pinball-like action that certain conversations trigger in my unruly jack rabbit brain. One cell lights up and then boom, another and another and pretty soon I'm thinking, "Aha! Looks like I've stumbled into another life lesson!" And suddenly, limits fall away and another obstructive stretch of brush gets cleared...

follow your star

Live Your Life, Follow Your Star, And Keep Your Light Shining!

“Champion the right to be yourself; dare to be different and to set your own pattern, live your own life, and follow your own star.“~Wilferd Peterson   A new book, The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus was recommended to me by my mentor. She advised if I read just one book this year, this is it. (Ha! That will be the day!) Well, it had been...

free and light

The Spring Purge. The Life-Changing Magic of Garage Sales

“Clutter. Even the word feels heavy when you say it. We've become consumed by stuff and so inundated by things that we almost have nowhere to turn.” ~ Kerri L. Richardson   Contrary to what you've been told, it is not robins that herald the arrival of spring. No sir, it's garage sales. Few things arrive as predictably as the time honored tradition of the spring purge. Homes...

renewed by nature

You, Renewed. Five Solid Things You Can Do to Take Care of You!

“Taking care of yourself doesn't mean me first, it means me too.”~L.R. Knost   Here's an all-too-familiar 5:30 PM scenario. You, frantically racing through the grocery aisle hoping to find something tasty you can throw together in 20 minutes. You've been at work all day and soon you'll dash off to meeting, a ball game, or out to tackle your shaggy, over-grown lawn. OK, maybe you just...

envy those feathers

Five Reasons You Can’t Afford the High Cost of Envy

"Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.”~Elizabeth O'Connor   Years ago there was a super creepy movie called Seven. It was about a serial killer who used the seven deadly sins as a sort of motif for a string of murders. The film had a star-studded cast, did...