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veneer

The Veneer Stops Here, Get Real

"The gentleman is solid mahogany; the fashionable man is only veneer."~J.G. Holland   My husband and I spent several deeply satisfying years buying, restoring and selling antiques. That guy has a genius for spotting a diamond in the rough. He Cinderella-ed many pieces rescued from junk piles, old barns and granaries. Those once beat up and homely cupboards, dressers, benches and tables became treasures after he worked...

self-doubt

Fear and Self-Doubt? You’re Not Alone!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”~African proverb   I had a wonderful experience attending my first writer's conference over the weekend. And today I binged on learning and networking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs. What a bright spot they've been in a stretch of gloomy days when spring refuses to show up! At both events I was...

forgiving heart

Two Fresh Insights About Forgiveness

"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice." ~Isaiah 42:3   Life lessons have a way of appearing on our doorstep over and over again until the light bulb finally turns on. I wrote about forgiveness last April. It happened when I fell into the pages of a book. Tonight as I write this,...

fight fear with fire

How to Fight Fear with Fire

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."~Eleanor Roosevelt   I have a very brainy nephew who delights in wearing tee shirts sporting highly intelligent humor. For example, one of his favorites is "Coulrophobia. It's no laughing matter." If you don't have an unabridged dictionary...

legacy of planting

Plant a Life, Grow a Legacy

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." ~Og Mandino   Spring is almost here. It becomes official next week at 11:15 AM CDT on March 20 when the vernal equinox arrives. Soon, we'll see green shoots piercing through the soil and explode into bright colors. Last fall I buried papery brown lifeless-looking bulbs in the dirt knowing that a small miracle would take...

inchworm

Inchworms, Inchstones and 1 Percent Better Every Day

"The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do everyday matters." ~Jeff Olsen   We humans don't always catch on real quick and it's understandable. It's hard to place value on slow and steady in a world of hot and ready. In a world of 24/7/365, always on and instant access, it's boring. Baby steps, incremental improvements and inch worm speed...

waiting to become

Impatient for Spring? Try Wait Lifting!

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.” ~Barbara Haines Howett   Late February drags under the best circumstances, even though it's the shortest month. This time of year is hard. And, I stink at waiting. Waiting in line, waiting at stop lights, waiting for spring. Not my bailiwick. I'm especially bad at waiting for answers, waiting for progress. I admit it, I'm...

wonder

How to Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”~ GK Chesterton   Sure. Join the crowd. Give me a bad time about the huge number of unread emails on my iPhone. My family does. But I get so much good stuff! What if the next life-changing idea came from one of them? What would happen if I delete one that turns out to be...

Spring and a Better You Are On the Way!

“No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turns.”~Hal Bourland   But it can seem that way! Yes, I admit I'm impatient. It was sixty degrees and the wind blew like crazy again today. (If the wind ever quits blowing in Nebraska, everyone will fall down). But you know what? There are still huge piles of yucky, dirty old snow all over the place and everywhere you...

love

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” ~ Paulo Coelho   There's no such thing as an ordinary day but I love Wednesdays! Every Wednesday afternoon I have the incredible privilege of picking my youngest grandson up from school. I look forward to it all week. He's usually ravenous...