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Stuff to think about

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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Three Things That Help Squelch Negative Self-Talk!

“Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.”~ Ann Bradford   My dear friend and mentor Pat McGill always starts her day by spending time in what author Matthew Kelly calls "the classroom of silence." I love starting off every morning the same way and when I don't, the difference is really noticeable. However, all too often our prayer life starts...

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Wisdom From the Woods, Your Path to Joy

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God."~ George Washington Carver   I absolutely loved to climb trees when I was a kid. Summer days were long and sweet and I spent them outdoors from dawn to dusk. A shady hideaway high...

Five Ways to Rise Above the Yips

"There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” ~ Shannon L. Alder   A few days ago I read about someone who was nervous about speaking in public. Someone in her group reached out and told her she'd be fine once she got over the "yips." I was surprised to see it used in...

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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...