Create a Garden Worth the View ~

On a gloomy day, I needed some sunshine, or at least something to make me pause and smile. Perusing through some favorite quotes, I happened upon this beauty: “Take care of your garden, and keep out the weeds; fill it up with sunshine, kind words and kind deeds, ” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This quote …

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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 Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, and finally... Happy New Year! There, I …

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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, let us remember the significance of this day, as well as the individuals that strived …

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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 that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns …

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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 in how the gift box was presented that made the difference.  Mom cared.  Regardless of its content, …

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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 get away from him?  What is his magical technique for spreading Christmas joy? My first …

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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 of what's taking place, but it all seems surreal, as your eyes try to take …

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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 state something so clear and simple, yet so powerful at the same time.   In fact, …

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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