Author Archives: Carol H. Rives

About Carol H. Rives

Wife, mother of two, friend to many. Enjoys reading and writing about education, family, friendship and life, in general. Loves spending quality time with family and friends; making new memories and cherishing the ones of the past. Some favorite interests include: volunteering, exercising, hiking, writing, knitting, baking/cooking, gardening and collecting thought-provoking quotes. Try to live my life in a "pause and smile" kind of way!!

Simply Stated… A Legend of All Time ~

Enjoy the thoughts on a Legend, contributed by a guest writer, Don Rives… As readers of the Pause and Smile blog, you are accustomed to the various writings from the heart, stated in a very polished and eloquent manner. Well … Continue reading

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Truth or Escape ~

This may appear to be a few days late, but timeliness in posting hasn’t been my strength lately.  If you have noticed, my last post is wishing you a Happy 4th of July… 2014!  Let me get caught up…. Happy … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July ~

“Freedom’s natal day is here.  Fire the guns and shout for freedom, see the flag above unfurled!  Hail the stars and stripes forever, Dearest flag in all the world.” ~  Florence A. Jones ~ Happy 4th of July!   While celebrating, … Continue reading

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Thank you Mr. Emerson ~

This morning while turning the pages of one of my favorite authors, this verse touched my heart.  The words of Ralph Waldo Emerson always resonate with me, causing me to pause a bit and wonder. Write it on your heart … Continue reading

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The Gift ~

It didn’t matter what it was ~ jewelry, a book, a teddy bear, or a simple little dish that was picked up at the flea market.  This price tag, whether high or low, just didn’t matter. It was the manner … Continue reading

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Santa’s Simple Request ~

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been enamored with Santa, or the mere thought of him.  What is his secret?  How does he stay so happy all of the time, even when little children are screaming to … Continue reading

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How Do You Envision Your Hook?

The afternoon started with a loud clap, that of what seemed to be cracking thunder.  As Oldest described it, “It was as if I watched it all happen in slow motion.”  Isn’t that how accidents seem to happen?  You’re aware … Continue reading

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Faith to Listen ~

Last year it was faith…  the word that I chose to reflect upon throughout the year.   When I mentioned the word faith to a friend, she stated, “Ah ~ Faith… the opposite of fear”.  I love it when someone can … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Wish For You ~

Let’s all work together, to make this year a more smile-producing year for one another!  Are you in?

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When Mother Nature Speaks ~

When Mother Nature speaks… … sometimes it’s with a gentle whisper that says, “Realize the love that surrounds you!” original photo credit:  D. Rives

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