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“Everything Happens for a Reason” – Really?

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Aug 31
I have questions about this familiar saying … Everything happens for a reason.* Really? Does it? Everything? Everything from child abuse, to the latest iPhone, to a paper cut, to rape, to a war, to a sale on beach chairs? I used to say it myself, but I don’t anymore. Though I hear

Rejection From ‘Her’

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Aug 23
No one likes rejection, but it’s easier to take from some, then from others. There’s one person whose rejection affected me drastically in the past. This person used to be relentless. She made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. She pointed out places I hadn’t arrived at yet. It seemed

Sunday Saying – Vacation

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Aug 22
I am grateful for this past week — our first weeklong family vacation in six years. It was not perfect, but it was a good, good week. Jonathan, Jerry, Janet, Joshua, Joseph A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. – Robert Orben   Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century’s greatest injustice

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Aug 20
I’m in Puerto Rico on vacation this week. Due to a bruised foot, I cannot be as active as I had planned to be. Rather than feel sorry for myself, I’ve tried to make the best of the situation — and it’s been a good week. During times I need to rest

JanetOber is Here – With A New RSS Feed

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Aug 06
My new corner of the universe is live. JanetOber is here — in the form of a real-live website. She’s been up a few days, but she needed some finishing touches, so she was being shy, but now it’s time to make the official move.  She’s here – all shining and squeaking clean.

The Saga of Janet O…by Lisa Betz

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Jul 30
Lisa is a friend, who wrote this after I was injured in an accident. Ignore the line or two that doesn’t make sense, as there are some inside jokes/details in this saga. Lisa is now working on her first novel, so we meet monthly to critique each other’s writing. I can’t wait until her

New website is up ….

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Jul 30
Thanks to cool designers and programmers at Bittersweet Creative, I now have a new website. It’s at JanetOber – I’d love to have you visit me there.

What is Woman – part 2

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Jul 26
Last week I wrote What is Woman – part 1 based on the Monday Morning Memo. Here’s is an interesting follow-up email from the oxford scholar that was quoted, Skip Moen. Interesting … isn’t it? What might be better and what might be worse in the world, if this is truth … and

What is Woman?

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Jul 19
The Wizard Academy is a cool, business school in Austin, Tx founded by Roy H. Williams. (it has nothing to do with Harry Potter, wizard simply means wise)  A few years ago, I attended a one-day seminar there and hope to go back for more classes.  Every Monday morning, the first thing I read is

Sunday Saying – Statistics

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Jul 18
“We must keep in mind the story of  the statistician who drowned  while trying to wade across a river  with an average depth of four feet.  That is to say,  in a culture that reveres statistics,  we can never be sure  what sort of nonsense will lodge in people’s heads.” 

It’s coming ….

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Jul 13
A New Website is Coming Soon and very soon, you’re going to see a new site. Soon and very soon, you’re going to see a new site. Soon and very soon, you’re going to see a new site. Hallelujah, hallelujah! There’s going to be a new site. Draft of new site

Sunday Saying – Walking

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Jul 10
“There are some good things to be said about walking.  Not many, but some.  Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.  Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.  Life is already too short to waste on speed.  I have a friend who’s always in a hurry; 

Mental Health Concerns

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Jul 07
My mom is traveling right now. Yesterday I stopped at her house to check something for her. As I was leaving, I was on the phone with her getting instructions to make sure I set the alarm system correctly when I left.  After the system blinked “armed” I locked the

Sunday Saying – Writing

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Jul 04
A man who writes a story is forced to put into it the best of his knowledge and the best of his feeling. The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right

Sunday Saying – Alive or Not?

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Jun 27
“Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.” – Tom Robbins So are you alive or going through the motions?

Memoirs I’ve Read

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Jun 22
Last week I read this tweet by Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner –  “Please don’t submit your memoir until you’ve read 20 good memoirs and 5 books on writing memoir – and learned from them.” Since I’m writing a memoir and want to submit it soon, I started a list of all the memoirs

Friday Fave Five

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Jun 18
The Five Fave things of my week.  1. Finishing a half-marathon is definitely a favorite memory of this week – though I hated it at times while running it. (temps of 90+ caused the hate) 2. And the massage ten minutes after I finished the race was great! I was on that massage table

1/2 Sauer – 1/2 Kraut Recap

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Jun 17
I ran the 1/2 Sauer – 1/2 Kraut Half-Marathon on Sunday. I wrote a little about it here. Here’s a more detailed recap.  First … Justine if you read this (I hope, I hope!)  how are you? It was great meeting you at the race – good job on your

My New Best Friend

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Jun 14
I ‘met’ Zach last night and he’s my new best friend! I know just watching a video of someone on YouTube doesn’t really make them your best friend, but I’m ignoring that fact and pretending … Zach and I are best buds. Zach is funny, honest and determined. And I

Welcome Old and New Friends

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Jun 13
Welcome – you might be here because you were at this full/half marathon and met me or saw this …    In a nutshell, my leg story is that I received severe injuries in an horrific accident in May, 2004. It nearly took my life and my leg. I am now writing a

Sunday Saying – Perseverance

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Jun 13
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliot That’s what I’m doing today on this trail today.  13 short mile races to equal a half-marathon (13.1 miles)

New Name and New Skort for 13 on the 13th

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Jun 13
I have a second name for this site now.  And I have a new skort for tomorrow’s half marathon with the name stitched on.  So if people see my leg at a race and wonder what the heck happened, they know where to go to find out more information.  Ready to do 13

Step by Step … 13 on the 13th!

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Jun 09
I spent most of 2005 and 2006 in a hurricane. Yes, it was one of the longest hurricanes in history – ask any meteorologist.  I dubbed it Hurricane Reality, because I had to deal with an unwanted reality following a horrific accident. I had too much pain and too many

Grieving the Loss of Eleven Smiles

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Jun 07
The oil spill (timeline) in the Gulf of Mexico is a big problem. It’s not good. It’s devastating in so many ways.  There’s a lot of conversations happening about why the explosion happened and whose fault it is that the cleanup is not going faster and better.  There’s plenty of criticism, jokes and cartoons flying everywhere. Yes,

Sunday Saying from BP

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Jun 07
Glad to see that BP knows it’s a good thing to be responsible for one’s actions. Means the issues in the gulf should be taken care of soon.   – Photographer Unknown

Friday’s Fave Five

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Jun 05
For Fave Friday posts from others – go to Susanne’s Site It’s Friday (late, but still Friday) so I’m doing a Fave Friday post because it’s important for my well-being to focus on the good things of life right now. My post earlier today was heavy and things like that

Question – Depression?

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Jun 04
I did a few question posts earlier – here and here, but haven’t done any for a while … here’s a question I have today. I heard some news yesterday that made me sad. Depression just wrecked havoc on an individual, a family and a community. My heart breaks for everyone involved.  I’ve

National Running Day

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Jun 02
It’s National Running Day – so whether you are a runner or not, it’s a good day to go for a run. We all know how good exercise is for us – everything from our muscles to our organs to our brain works better if we exercise. Yes, it really does

Angry at This Story

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Jun 01
This story in The New York Times   makes me so angry … I can hardly breathe. Child Brides Escape Marriage,  but Not Lashes  By ROD NORDLAND and ALISSA J. RUBIN                                       Alissa J. Rubin/The New York

Book Expo America

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May 30
Last week I went to Book Expo America in NYC with a friend Janelle Hertzler. Janelle’s book has recently been published and she had a book signing and a podcast interview. It was an exciting week, though at times it was overwhelming – there’s so many books out there already, why

May 20 = Breathing Day For Me

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May 20
I interrupt this breathing time because on May 20th, I think about breathing more than most other days in my life and I thank God for each breath. On May 20, 2004 – I almost quit breathing when the motorhome I was traveling in was in an accident with five large

Breathing Time

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May 17
Right now a designer, a developer and myself are all pregnant with a new website for here 🙂 The ‘baby’ has to mature more before the birth can take place.  Right now I am also determined to meet a Dream Year deadline decided on in January – that is to

Thursday Thoughts – “Will It Matter in a Year?”

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May 13
I have an unscheduled day in front of me. No meetings, no appointments, nothing that has to be done. (Yippee!!) Yes, there’s things I could do – like clean or organize or weed – but nothing that will really matter a year from now whether or not I do it.

Tuesday Thoughts

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May 11
Did this ever happen to you? Someone mentions that they wonder what it would be like to do that or have this or go there. You sense they have a desire for this certain thing. You hear it by the way the talk about this thing.  Silly example – they

Sunday Sayings

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May 09
On Friday I attended a host site for the Chick-fil-A Leadercast. It was a good day with a lot of interesting speakers. My two favorite speakers were at the end of the day – here’s quotes from each of them.  Chance favors the prepared mind. – Steve Uzzell  Your mind will only take

Friday Fave

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May 07
For more Fave Friday’s go to Susanne’s site My Friday’s Fave Five 1. iHope with Jonas and Anne Beiler, founders of Auntie Aunne’s Soft Pretzels on Friday night.  2. Girlfriends weekend at a friend’s house on the Chesapeake Bay. Life is good … 3. Monthly phone call with Ben Arment for Dream Year 4.

Praying for Nurses

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May 06
Today, May 6th is the National Day of Prayer. There have been emails circulating about the President canceling the National Day of Prayer. They are wrong … here is a proclamation he signed for it.  Today is also National Nurses Day. And National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6th to

Interview with Jason Boyett about “Oh me of little faith”

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May 04
I found Jason Boyett’s blog sometime in the past year. I liked it – his humor, his honesty and his questions. And I looked forward to his latest book “Oh me of little faith” for all those reasons and because the sub-title is: True Confessions of a Spiritual Weakling. I love

Sunday Saying – The Quest

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May 02
QUIXOTE: Whether one wins or loses does not matter. ALDONZA (jeering): What does? QUIXOTE: Only that he fights… and follows the quest. ALDONZA (spits in vulgar contempt): That for your quest!… What does it mean…quest? QUIXOTE: The mission we follow…. (He lifts his eyes to the stars.) To dream the

PA Farmer’s Market – Green Dragon

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Apr 30
I needed fruits and vegetable this morning, so I went to The Green Dragon, a local farmer’s market that was bursting with produce and people. This shows only about 1/10 of it – it’s a huge place! Strawberries from the Carolina’s Tomatoes, sugar peas,  berries, berries and more berries, rhubarb. Cantaloupe, watermelon,

Thoughts from an Evening with Donald Miller

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Apr 28
On Monday evening, I heard Donald Miller speak at Messiah College. He shared some great thoughts, some rambling thoughts that almost lost me and some thoughts about being naked. That just scared some of you and sparked interest in the rest of you – so to clarify, he was talking about Adam

Live Today Well

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Apr 26
“It’s how we spend our time that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.” -Marcia Wieder Great reminder that we make choices daily about how we spend our time. When next week, month or year rolls around, what are

Sunday Saying – Fool or Wise

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Apr 25
“When faced with a polarity, the fool chooses one pole and disparages the other. But a wise man stands between the two and feels the energy that passes between them.”    – Roy H. Williams

Friday’s Fave Five

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Apr 23
I’ve had an unorganized week, especially the last few days. I have a number of different projects happening and I’m having a tough time getting anything significant finished, because I keep moving from project to project … ugh. So I have to think hard to find five favorites of this

Planting Trees – Self Control

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Apr 20
Self-Control … I’ve been thinking about it the past few days since it was the topic of the Blog Carnival this week. You’d think since I’m thinking about self-control, I would self-control myself to get a blog post written. But no, I only thought about self control, but didn’t actually

Why Are You Where You Are?

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Apr 20
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of majority, you should pause and reflect.” – Tim Ferriss

Sunday Saying – Magic Show

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Apr 18
“Our faith is not about magic, it’s about partnering with God to see remarkable things happen through faithfulness and consistency over a long-period of time. If we buy into the instant-results mindset of our culture (that is depressed and confused itself) we will become very frustrated with God. God has

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Apr 17
Wish I could hear this teaching series … Your thoughts about their thoughts shared here? 

Friday’s Fave Five

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Apr 16
Click on the image above to see more Friday’s Fave posts. My Five Favorite Things this Week 1. Completing six miles in the Garden Spot Village Marathon Relay on Saturday.  2. Slowly, but surely getting over this darn cold. I had a slight cold before the race and I figured

The Importance of Story in my Life

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Apr 12
This post is about the importance of story in my life. It is an entry into Chris Brogan’s giveaway of 100 copies of Donald Miller’s book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.“ I was born into a controlled world – I escaped through stories in books. Then in my early twenties, I began

Garden Spot Village Marathon Relay

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Apr 12
On Saturday by 7AM, hundreds of cars were rolling into New Holland, PA. The line into Garden Spot Village was slow, but organized and we were soon parked. The staff and volunteers at the race were wonderful – hats off to the race director Scott Miller and his team! For the start,

Hope wins …

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Apr 10
Life can be tough and if you are in the middle of something hard right now, I’m so sorry. Pain of any kind sucks! Sometimes it’s hard to have any hope and it seems impossible to think of brighter days.  I’ve been there – felt that.  Accident in California on

WebCam for Garden Spot Village Marathon

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Apr 09
Garden Spot Village  Marathon WebCam Click here for a live feed On Saturday at 8AM about 1,000 people will be at this spot to begin running a full marathon, a half marathon or be part of a relay team. I will be here cheering, but my run doesn’t start until about

Friday’s Fave Five

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Apr 09
My Five Favorite Things this Week 1. The weather!! Yes, I know it’s boring to talk about the weather, but we had temps in the 80’s for a few days and I loved it! 2. Watching my boys’ reaction as they read “Stuff Christians Like” 3. Saw/heard Philip Yancey at Messiah

Why do you do that?

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Apr 08
“The reason you have a front lawn?” “It’s a tradition.” “Lawns were invented as a way for the landed gentry to demonstrate that they could afford to waste land. By taking the land away from the grazing sheep, they were sending a message to their neighbors. We’re rich, we can

The Stuff Christians Like Guest Post-a-thon

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Apr 06
I’m back with a post a day earlier than planned because a few weeks ago, I signed up to be a guest at a party to discuss American Idol with Stuff Christians Like and today’s the day for that.  If you’ve come here via Stuff Christians Like – welcome! If

Taking a Break

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Mar 30
Earlier this week, I’ve saw a number of other bloggers mention that they are taking a break from posting for holy week and Easter. I didn’t want to be seen as “joining the bandwagon” so I thought I would keep posting. But I’ve reconsidered and decided I want to take

Friday’s Fave Five

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Mar 26
On a regular basis I try to look back over my day/week/month/year and remember the good things in my world, so when I saw Friday Fave Five hosted by Living to Tell the Story – I decided to join the party. If interested, click on the link above to read

Faithful – to What?

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Mar 23
Confused by rules and religion, but sensing there’s a creator of the world and of her – she makes a commitment to seek the ways of the creator, more than the ways of others. The place, time and desire of that commitment stays clear in her mind.  Time moves on – big

Sunday Saying

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Mar 21
Believing in our goals to the point of acting upon them as though they are real already is the ultimate test of our faith and faithfulness — and the ultimate trigger for their realization when the time is right. -Dr. Richard Gaylord Brilley

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Mar 19
Congratulations!  Michele Cervone Scott of Honey Brook, PA You are the winner of “Born to Run” 

Beauty

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Mar 18
Don’t ask me why blogger put this big gap here, I can’t get rid of it – grrr! Annoyed – will be happy to move to WordPress ASAP – new site coming soon! Years ago I was watching Oprah as my six-year old son played nearby. She had a few

Winning Wednesday Winner – Born To Run

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Mar 17
This week’s Winning Wednesday book is … Born to Run by Christopher McDougall  Here’s why he wrote this book … I started running about 18 years ago while struggling with depression. It was my therapy in many ways. After receiving severe injuries in 2004, I didn’t know if I would ever

Sunday Saying

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Mar 14
As you aim to stick to those New Year resolutions or the sacrifices you made for Lent, remember this thought from Lance Armstrong … Pain is temporary – Quitting lasts forever. If you have stumbled with your goals, stand up straight and try again. And even if you’ve blown it,

Relentless Rejection Had to Stop!

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Mar 12
This post is my contribution to Faith Barista Bonnie Gray’s invitation to write about rejection – go to her blog to read posts from her and others. Rejection from anyone affects me. Thankfully not as much as it used to be, but I still try to avoid it.  But there’s

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Mar 12
The winner of  Hear No Evil  My Story of Innocence, Music and the Holy Ghost by Matthew Paul Turner is #8 which is  Hind. If you didn’t win, pick up a copy today  or go here to try and win another one! Hind – please email me your mailing address, [email protected]

Winning Wednesday – Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner

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Mar 10
Hear No Evil  My Story of Innocence, Music and the Holy Ghost by Matthew Paul Turner As a kid, Turner loved music, so he headed to Nashville for college and for work. Hear No Evil is a memoir (college years and beyond) of moving from his strict religious home to a

Goodness

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Mar 09
In The Message, Eugene Peterson gives us a fresh translation of what is often called the ‘fruit of the spirit.’  But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others

Sunday Saying

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Mar 07
9 Interesting Things Humans Do 1. People who are willing to get up to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually. 2. When people say “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too”.

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Mar 05
Karen Faust  of New Holland, PA is the winner of this week’s Winning Wednesday Book  Crave: Wanting So Much More of God  by Chris Tomlinson

Winning Wednesday – Crave

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Mar 03
Enter to win this book for – Winning Wednesday Crave: Wanting So Much More of God  by Chris Tomlinson Crave is a book about one young man’s journey of developing a meaningful Christian life for himself. Tomlinson is real about the messy and bumpy road it can be at times.

Mistakes and Clowns

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Mar 01
Do you ever let a mistake weigh you down? Do you allow it to discourage you so much that you don’t move forward? Even if your mistake feels like its larger than life to you, it probably didn’t take place in front of millions of people with no way to

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Feb 27
 Praying for Chile   and all the areas under Tsunami warnings

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Feb 26
And the winner of this week’s Winning Wednesday A beautiful book … Seasons of Solace   by Janelle Shantz Hertzler is Martha Merritt Tousley of Phoenix, Arizona.  Congratulations Martha, please email me your mailing address.    And if you didn’t win … do yourself a favor and order a copy for

Winning Wednesday – Seasons of Solace

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Feb 24
I am super excited about this book! I rarely read a book twice – this is one that I will keep in my living room to pick up again and again and again … the photographs are priceless and the poems are meaningful treasures.  Enter to win an autographed hardcover

Are You Being Kind to Yourself?

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Feb 22
Thoughts are the threads that bind us to deeds.  Deeds are the ropes that bind us to habits.  Habits are the chains that bind us to destiny. – inscription carved on the West Wall at the palace in Maygassa It’s now about 8 weeks since New Years – have you

Time for Some Food

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Feb 21
This is random … rarely post recipes, but it’s been a kitchen morning, so here they are. My husband is gone for the weekend – snowmobiling with friends. When he’s gone, I generally don’t cook much – don’t ask me why, my two teenage sons live here and last night

The Record Player

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Feb 20
My stern, religious upbringing had many rules – only certain clothes could be worn, no TV, radio or even organized sports. All the rules didn’t work well with an inquisitive child that constantly asked, “Why?” I formed some tough views about God, seeing him as harsh and judgmental. I rebelled

Friday!

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Feb 19
Fridays are famous … we all love them, don’t we?    (know anyone that doesn’t?) There’s a popular restaurant named for Friday – T.G.I.F. There are special rules for Friday: Some businesses allow causal dress on Fridays.  Some people get the day off, or at least leave a few hours

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Feb 19
The winner of the second copy of Linchpin  that I’m giving away is Jeanne Grunert from Prospect, VA Congratulations Jeanne! (You don’t see Jeanne’s entry in the comment section here, because Jeanne entered on Facebook – I allow entries for Winning Wednesday on both this blog and Facebook)

Winning Wednesday – Linchpin II

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Feb 17
A few months ago, I signed up to receive a copy of Linchpin by Seth Godin by giving a donation to the Acumen Fund. A few weeks after receiving the first copy, I received a second copy of Linchpin, with a letter from Seth Godin saying, “Here’s a thank you

Sunday Saying

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Feb 14
Three sayings this week … I like this one because I constantly need to be reminded that I can’t do everything in life. You can do anything, but not everything. – David Allen I had to do this one in honor of the Olympics and Wayne Gretzky’s role in the

From Stubborn to Flexible

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Feb 12
I have a stubborn foot. It has limited flexibility – it is stiff. From the front of my ankle to my toes – it is almost as straight as a board and it’s mostly numb. This is a left over issue from injuries I received in an accident. Post-accident, I

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Feb 12
Last week my husband picked my Winning Wednesday winner from numbers I put in a ‘hat.’ Things are changing now – I learned about a new website, so Winning Wednesday is going high tech. This week I entered a contest for free tickets to Whiteboard. That winner was chosen by Random.org

Winning Wednesday – Linchpin

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Feb 10
Linchpin  by Seth Godin Are you scared to try new things? Wonder what others will say? One of the main themes in this book is that you are unique and I am unique. The footprint we leave on the world can be unique if we allow (and push) ourselves to

Patience = Serenity

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Feb 09
Patience – it’s something we all need.  If we don’t have patience – we add immeasurable stress to our lives and the lives of others around us.  Sometimes we don’t even realize the lack of patience we have with certain people or in certain situations. We act or react the

Sunday Saying

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Feb 07
All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let’s live with hope.

Ask – Seek – Knock

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Feb 05
In the ancient book of Matthew, the author mentions “Asking, Seeking and Knocking.” We usually look at this as something we do to connect with God … and/or to ask him for favors. Have you ever thought about the fact that this could be a suggestion on how to interact

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Feb 05
I put my husband to work tonight … I was comfortable on my recliner, so I asked him to draw a slip of paper out of my plastic deli container (yea, I’m classy like that) The piece of paper he selected said #9 on it. The 9th person to leave

Winning Wednesday – Food Rules

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Feb 03
It’s February – how’s those New Year’s Resolutions going? When talking about resolutions or goals, almost every person mentions how they want to eat healthier … so it’s safe to assume many of you have said that. Eating healthy is something that is often on our minds, but we still

Sunday Saying – Thankful

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Jan 31
 I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart,  I’m writing the book on your wonders.  I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy;  I’m singing your song, High God.  – King David in Psalms 9   Thanking God that Joseph is standing here with me! His abdomen swelling is down and

Waiting …

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Jan 29
Waiting is hard!  And we need to wait in many areas of our lives.  “Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.” – Author Unknown Some of the normal, mundane waits involve traffic lights, check-out lines and doctor’s offices. These we do often, the waits are relatively short –

Suddenly …

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Jan 26
Suddenly … My day and my world changes. What I planned to do changes because of what I must do. Reading a text from my son’s friend changes the day and more. Suddenly … The run I expected to go on doesn’t happen. I pick up my husband, instead of

Monday Update on Joseph

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Jan 25
I assume after this update on Joseph, I will return to my regular blogging (whatever that is)  He came home this afternoon. He will have some recovery time, but all in all is doing well considering what he went through the past week. Recap … Saturday January 16, 2010 around

Happy Sunday Update on Joseph

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Jan 24
Yippee!!! If Joesph’s temperature stays down, he can come home tomorrow! All his tubes and lines have been removed. He’s on an oral pain killer and after he took that, he said he only has a little bit of pain. He’s eating and walking – he walks slowly and carefully,

Saturday Update on Joseph

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Joseph will be moving out of ICU today – praise God! He’s eating jello now … which is tough for him because he doesn’t even like jello on a good day. The nurse informed him he has to eat all of it before he gets anything else – so he

Friday Update on Joseph

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Jan 22
Joseph is more alert and less confused today. He is still on a morphine drip, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting his mind as much. He remembers his fall … telling us that it was just a normal back flip (something he’s been doing for 3 years) and he

Thursday Update on Joseph

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Jan 21
Surgery went great this morning. He was back in his room by 10AM – and I’ve been busy ever since … helping him become human again (his words) Nikki and I have been trying to decipher how his ship crashed and what the little men at his feet and the

Not Alone With Questions

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Jan 20
Saw this on the People of The Second Chance site – it goes along with my previous post about the good, bad and ugly, so I had to post it. Good reminder that none of us is alone with our questions and wondering why. Disappointed (With God) from David Tate

Question – The Good, Bad and Ugly?

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Jan 20
Last week I posted a question and wrote “I plan to post a question every week. Sometimes the question will have more depth than others – depends what stirs my curiosity at the time.” This is an another question post. Most people that believe in God give him credit for

Wednesday Update on Joe

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Jan 20
I’m having a day of rest at home today. Jerry is with Joe. He called with a report after the doctors came by on rounds. Joe continues to be sedated and on the breathing machine, but he is stable and progressing … slowly, but surely. Still has a fever and

Tuesday Morning Doctor Report

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Jan 19
Doctors were very encouraged with his progress … they say he’s doing well considering the severe injury he had. He will recover and be fine! Thanks Dr. S and Dr J – I needed to hear that!! During surgery yesterday a type of wound-vac called the Whittman Patch (don’t google

Tuesday Morning Update on Joe

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Jan 19
Joe is basically the same. they had started a nose feeding tube last night, but it wasn’t working right, so they just removed it and started a mouth feeding tube. hopefully this will work because the boy needs food. I am sure he’s loving the dirty brown formula they are

Monday Evening Update on Joe

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Jan 19
Tonight … is hard. I was hoping he would be awake more today, but his temperature rose around noon again. His white cell count hasn’t changed, so they don’t think he has an infection, but they are doing blood and urine cultures to check. They are using ice and Tylenol

Monday morning update on Joe

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Jan 18
Joe’s surgery this morning was delayed … just spoke with the doc 30 minutes ago, then went to see Joe. The surgery report is a mixture of good and bad news. Doctor said everything in his abdomen looks good and is healing well – but swelling is still too much

Sunday Evening Update on Joe

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Jan 18
Today has been a calm day for Joe – no major procedures or things happening. The docs wanted his body to have time to catch up on all that its been through. His vital signs have stayed stable. He’s had a temp around 103 most of the day and we’re

Sunday Morning Update on Joe

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Jan 17
Jerry and I were in with Joe when the doctors came to do rounds aroung 9AM. They are happy with his progress. Heart rate and temp up slightly, but vitals are stable. Protrusion from incision is still the same – it’s covered with gauze but still disgusting. (can you tell

Son Joseph Injured

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Jan 17
My 19 yr old son Joseph fell while doing a flip on his snowboard around 12:30 on Saturday. His friend Eric said he had a hard time catching his breathe. He throw up the lunch he had just eaten, but then got up and snowboarded the rest of the way

Pain Hurts

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Jan 15
I’m disappointed in myself… I’m having a hard time looking at pictures or video of Haiti. For the first day or so, I didn’t. I turned away when images were on the TV or clicked to another site when online to avoid seeing the images. I cared about them. I

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Jan 15
The winner of What Difference Do It Make is Lou Ann Gehman from Adamstown, PA Congratulation Lou Ann! no need to send me your address – I will give it to you on Sunday 🙂

Winning Wednesday – What Difference Do It Make?

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Jan 13
During November, I gave away a copy of the Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent. This was a book I couldn’t put down once I started it,

Question: Why – Ducks and Coats?

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Jan 11
I think I was born saying “Why?” As a child, I wanted to know about everything. Then for a time, I stuffed (or tried to) that impulse – because “it’s wrong to question everything.” Thankfully, I realized questions aren’t wrong – not being true to the way my creator made

Sunday Saying – Realization

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Jan 10
On Friday, while adjusting my back, Dr. Tom was in a teaching mood, “Adjusting your back will take time. Your body was used to doing life in a certain pattern and it won’t change overnight. Some of that is because your brain has been telling those muscles to do life

X-Ray Talk at TED

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Jan 09
I found this video about x-rays at Writing Without Paper, a blog by Maureen Doallas this morning. I love it – especially considering I had x-rays of my back recently and that got me thinking about emotional and spiritual x-rays. Enjoy!

Incorrect Positions

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Jan 07
The technology of X-rays isn’t new, but it still fascinates me. With the click of a button or two – my doctor has pictures of my bones. Cool – isn’t it? My back and neck x-rays taken last month. Other than some occasional aches, I don’t have major issues going

Willpower – Where are you?

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Jan 06
How are your resolutions going? It’s harder than you thought it would be – isn’t it? I came across this site recently by the Heath Brothers – authors of “Made to Stick” and “Switch.” Two of their recent posts have helped me already… 1. Willpower as a Muscle 2. Food

Breakfast of a Champion

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Jan 04
Last winter I spent a few days with a friend on vacation. She ate this almost every morning for breakfast.  I like her. She’s in great shape. I want to be just like her. So this is what I eat for breakfast many mornings.  1 – Banana 1 – Activa

Sunday Saying

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Jan 02
A few months ago, I began reading Elizabeth Esther’s blog. I like her writing – its honest, real and thoughtful. And its comforting to find someone else that asks as many questions at I do. This Sunday Saying is a quote from a post of hers called I don’t know

Saturday’s Story – My Past Decade.

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Jan 02
Yesterday I posted a youtube video with worldwide events/stories about past decade. That made me think about my past decade and I decided to I wanted to see it on paper. (Actually I would like a video of it, but writing it down is easier) 2000 – Regular running –

The Past Decade in 7 Minutes

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It’s interesting to relive what all happened in the past 10 years.

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Jan 01
I love New Years! I love restarts.  (doesn’t matter how many times you tried and failed, try again!) I love hope and a new year speaks of hope to me. I love the idea of 365 blank pages. I’ve nailed down my New Year’s Resolution … it’s one that covers

My Creative Sisters Making a Quilt

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Dec 31
My mom is an avid quilter, making a few quilts each year. She sews the quilts together on a machine and quilts them by hand. With her help, I made a few quilts while growing up, but somewhere along the way I lost the patience and the skills to make

Blog Carnival = Serving Love

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Dec 29
The soup has been simmering since noon. I’ve tasted it at least a dozen times – its hard to judge how much seasoning is needed for this large amount. The night is cold – temps hover around freezing. Jerry drives as I figure out the GPS on my new phone.

Time to Resume Running Club

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Dec 28
I’m thinking about my health goals for 2010, as the soup for tonight’s meal at the Hope Rescue Mission simmers. Check back tomorrow for a report about our evening serving dinner to some people without homes in Reading, PA (pronounced redding) Along with too many holiday meals, I gave myself

Sunday Sayings – Homelessness

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Dec 27
For a few reasons … homelessness is on my mind. First, I’m reading What Difference Do it Make? by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Moore was homeless for a portion of his life. His writing is priceless and convicting. (come back on the 6th for Winning Wednesday and you could

Christmas Day is Over – How are You?

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Dec 26
How are you … now that Christmas day is over?  Was it what you thought it would be? Better? Worse? If it was worse and/or life isn’t what you thought it would be – don’t give up.  Never give up!   For the majority of the world, the season of

Merry Christmas from my family

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Dec 24
For Christmas, I decided I wanted to post a picture of my boys, since they rarely (if ever) grace my blog. Apparently I need to pick up my camera more when they are around – because looking back over my pictures from this year, there’s none of us as a

Historical Home Tour

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Dec 23
Earlier this month, I went on a Historical Home Tour around Fairmount Park in the city of Philadephia.   Welcome to Christmas … done with simplistic elegrance.  I love the decorations and the windows in the dining room at Lemon Hill There are three big ones like this that can

Blogs I read

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Dec 21
Once upon a time I decided I wanted to be a part of this … 12 Days of Community = promoting twelve blogs that we appreciate. I wrote two posts promoting fellow bloggers – Billy Coffey and S. Etole and then I didn’t get anything else written. Today I hope

Book Review – The Noticer

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Dec 20
A snowstorm on Saturday gave me time to finish some books I had started – snug in my warm house with a blanket, tea/coffee, recliner and books looking out my window overlooking the Allegheny Valley. I finished The Noticer:  Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy

Accepted for Dream Year – Yippee!!

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Dec 18
I am thrilled, honored and excited beyond words! In October I went to the STORY Conference in Chicago. The conference motivated and inspired me. Ben Arment directed it, so I began reading Ben’s blog and following him on Twitter. In November, Ben posted about a unique opportunity he was offering

Church – Why?

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Dec 15
It’s Carnival time again! Today the word is church and its hosted at One Word at A Time by Bridget Chumbley. I like the thoughts about church (believers coming together) that Jesus talks about and that are in the scriptures. If we believe, we are a part of the church

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake

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Dec 14
 Posted this prayer this morning … came back to reread it a few hours later and now I’m not sure I like the line “Disturb us Lord.” I would prefer “Remind us Lord.” I know its just a word … but from a God of love, I’m not sure he’d

Sunday Saying

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Dec 13
The difference between you now  and you in five years will be  the books you read and the people you hang out with.” – Charles Tremendous Jones Do you think that is accurate …  that books and people can change us? 

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Dec 11
This week’s Winning Wednesday Winner is Andi Colmery of Elverson, PA. I’m not going to be posting a lot until the beginning of the year – I want to enjoy and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas without stressing. I might be posting sayings or meaningful/funny videos if the mood

Winning Wednesday – Simple Compassion

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Dec 09
It’s Wednesday and you can be a winner! Actually, you already are a winner, because everyone’s a winner all the time! Don’t you feel better about yourself now? Okay – enough of pop psychology for today, now back to real life. Do something that makes you a winner today! “What

Peace and Beauty – 12 Days of Community

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Dec 08
Peace – Beauty At first, I found it odd, but now it makes sense to me. I’ve found that if I’m missing either peace or beauty in my life, I’m probably missing both. And if I look for one, I usually find both. They seem to live close together.  View

Sunday Saying

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Dec 06
The love we have for God  and the joy we feel for His blessings  isn’t best expressed in song or prayer,  but in deeds. -Billy Coffey Thanks to Twitter, I found a blog called “What I Learned Today” written by Billy Coffey. He started writing the blog after one of

Saturday’s Story – Roadtrip #3

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Dec 05
Six years ago today we left PA to begin a once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip. Some Saturdays, I post a segment of the stories from the six months we spent on the road in 03 and 04.  I want to be back there! Back on Gulf Islands National Seashore – a barrier island

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Dec 04
The winner of this week’s Winning Wednesday’s book Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri J. M. Nouwen is S. Etole from   Just … a moment She combines her writings and beautiful pictures at her blog. Congratulations S. Etole!! (Please send me your address – [email protected])

You Can Shine

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Dec 03
You can shine, yes, it’s possible. It might not be easy, especially if there’s tough obstacles in your way. But step by step – you can shine! Yes, this is a commercial. I tend to be leary of commercials and rarely trust the message in them. This proves that even

Winning Wednesday

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Dec 02
Yesterday I took part in a Blog Carnival hosted by Peter Pollock and the theme was Grief. My post was about time spent with my mentor Audrey and how she taught me the importance of grieving losses in my life. Audrey gave me a few books to read during this

No One Died – So Why Grieve?

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Dec 01
Grief – a word I used to associate with death. In my mind, grief had one place – following the loss of a loved one. Over the past few years, I learned grief is needed in other areas of life also. A nasty accident – life-threatening injuries – severe lifestyle

Sunday Saying

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Nov 29
My prayer today …  “Do the things you know,  and you shall learn the truth you need to know.” – Louisa May Alcott It reminds me of this saying …  “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Quiet Time – Poem

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Nov 27
Before you read this poem, please know that I know that I am not a poet – but I do like to string words together in a poem every now and then. I wrote this about 3 years ago and found it again recently.  Quiet Time I’m one of those

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Nov 27
This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Janet Nolt  from PA  She will receive a copy of “Same Kind of Different as Me” To enter a Wednesday giveaway, you leave your name in the comments of the Winning Wednesday blog post or on the link to the post on my Facebook

Thanksgiving

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Nov 26
Thanksgiving  I’m not a holiday person (I’ve tried, but I’m just not) Most times, holidays annoy me There’s often too much hoopla surrounding them And I don’t like the stress they can create. But I realize I’m a creature of habit That does best with a pause in the rhythm

Winning Wednesday

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Nov 25
Winning Wednesday is back! Today you could win a hardcover copy of  Same Kind as Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Morre with Lynn Vincent   The book’s website describes it like this … and also has a short video about it. A dangerous homeless drifter –  who

Want a new Story for this Holiday Season?

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Nov 24
Us humans are funny … when we go ‘home’ (especially for the holidays) we can easily revert to the roles we’ve filled for years. And if our roles stay the same, the story is basically the same, or close to the same every year. Sometimes that is okay, other times

Recipe – My first in a blog post

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Nov 23
Need something fast, easy and healthy for breakfast?  I just finished making four of these for our Monday morning breakfast. I got this recipe years ago from a group I joined as I was trying to lose weight after having three boys in five years. I’ve used it off and

Sunday Saying

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Nov 22
We learn and grow by taking time to reflect on our days. In ten years, when you look back on this day – what memory do you want to have of today? Step back – take a look at your life and see if you like what you see now

Today = good day!

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Nov 20
Yesterday I wrote … tomorrow will be better than today – right?? I didn’t have a crisis yesterday or have anything major go wrong. It was just a combination of waking up in a funk, a house that needed organizing, being in pain, too many scattered tasks that needed completing,

Chuck Norris was here!

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Nov 19
Most days, I’m in a good state of mind – today is not one of those days. I’m annoyed – annoyed at my body, both the way it feels and the way it looks. I need a dress for my nephew’s wedding in VA next weekend and I don’t even

Winning Wednesday

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Nov 18
Ugh … I hate even writing this, because I don’t like making excuses, but I do like setting some boundaries on my time. Life has been busy and I can’t seem to get more than 24 hours in a day (actually, won’t really want to!) so what this rambling really

Community – Blog Carnival

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Nov 17
It’s Carnival time again and this week the word is Community.  I love this topic and there was at least ten different directions I’ve thought of going in with my post – it was hard to settle on one. On Sunday, we had an exceptionally nice fall day – sunny

The Dailyness of Life

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Nov 16
I’m not a real scheduled person – I like to go through life living spontaneously, but I’ve learned there are certain routine things I need to do for my mind, body and spirit to be their best. And all three are connected, so it affects all areas when one area

Sunday Saying

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Nov 15
In our family, we’ve been doing too much of this … Argument is the worst sort of conversation. – Jonathan Swift or this lately … There is no reply so sharp as silent contempt. – Montaigne    So, now I’m trying to do more of this … To listen well

Bermuda Cruise

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Nov 13
Recently, my husband and I left the comfort of our house with it’s solid, steady floor to live in a room only slightly larger than our bathroom with a rolling, swaying floor for five days. And to top it off – we paid money to do this. Yes, it was

My Furniture Cruise

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Nov 07
I live in the house I live in for about 2 years and 7 months and its only in the past 6 months that our living room is finished, as far as furniture goes. When we first moved here, I had a old set of wicker furniture in our living

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Nov 06
The Hole in Our Gospel   by Richard Stearns    And the winner of this book for this week’s Winning Wednesday is #9!  Which is …   Melissa Nesdahl

Be careful – there’s alligators in this water 😉

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Nov 05
While reading a post on Flowerdust by Anne Jackson about not feeling good enough and insecurities, I was reminded of a day when I took a risk to overcome a major insecurity. A year or two ago, my husband Jerry and I, along with our friends, Ty and Loretta, took

Winning Wednesday

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Nov 04
Today I’m giving away a book I was given at STORY – the conference I was at last week. When I walked into a workshop there taught by Michael Hyatt, CEO for Thomas Nelson Publishing, there was a hardcover book on each chair. I love receiving books, even if it’s

Remembering – Blog Carnival

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Nov 03
Remembering … And missing being. A few years ago, I spent hours outside in silence and stillness. I remember feeling like I could reach out and touch the creator of it all.  I remember listening to my breath and being in awe of it … Realizing how close I came

Pendulum Swinging?

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Nov 02
I continue to process all I heard at STORY. As I look back at my notes, think about them and share with my husband, I thank God that I was able to be there! Love all the thoughts and wisdom that I heard. The idea of telling our stories was

Sunday Sayings

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Nov 01
Sayings from Cultivate and STORY this week … The best stories restore our faith in God and remind us that we are not alone. -Nancy Beach Get inspired, encouraged and excited by other people’s stories – but don’t tell them. Tell your own story. -Jon Acuff Too often, we don’t

STORY Chicago

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Oct 30
I’ve spent the past two days at STORY 09. The place, the music, the speakers = WOW! I love new info and questions to think about and process. It was a meeting of great minds and thinkers. Some of the thoughts were new, even edgy – a few raised questions

Catching Up

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Oct 28
Wow, time flies when you are having fun. I don’t know how people that travel keep up with a blog. Even if I have extra time while traveling, I don’t think of writing a post- don’t know why. Guess I need to retrain my brain. I had a great weekend 

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Oct 23
The winner of “Bloom Where You Are Planted” is …  Helen from Chicago, IL Congratulations Helen! I’m headed to the 2009 Women of Hope Retreat this weekend. The women from my church and I will be smelling sand and salt water at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference on Long Beach Island,

Winning Wednesday

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Oct 21
Bloom Where You Are Planted This book is compiled of writings from my sister Rosene, along with some information about her life – it contains her writings I posted earlier this week, along with many more. Rosene lived on earth for 39 years with too many limitations and too much

My Sister Rosene – Trusting

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Oct 20
If you found your way here while strolling through the carnival,  Welcome – glad to have you! Today I’m joining a Blog Carnival for the first time. A blog carnival is when a group of bloggers all write about the same word – today its trust. One blogger is the

My sister Rosene – Friends

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Oct 19
Rosene was a grateful person, often saying Thank You to her family and friends. She knew, in a real way, how much humans need the love and support of others – many times even making a card on her computer to express how much she appreciated someone and what they

My Sister Rosene – Her prayers

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Oct 18
 This is Post 3, writings from my sister Rosene Post 1 is here and Post 2 is here My Prayer Oh how I want to be guided by your holy wisdom and led by your steady hand. So that I can bloom where I’m planted, for you, Lord! I want

My Sister Rosene – What is Normal?

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Oct 17
This is post 2 about My Sister Rosene – Post 1 is here What is Normal You may say I’m not normal But really what is normal? Man’s idea of normal is an Able-bodied and sound-minded person. But Jesus measures you by your heart. Jesus gave all humans one thing

My Sister Rosene – Bloom Where You Are Planted

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Oct 16
I have a vague memory of when I was almost four. Not many memories, just one day. A day when I was trying to understand what my older sisters were so excited about. There’s going to be another one of us – what did they mean? “That’s why Mom has

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Oct 16
The Winner for Winning Wednesday is Amy Neff Amy wins a copy of Scouting the Divine by Maragret Feinberg

Winning Wednesday

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Oct 14
UPDATE – Winning Wednesday will be kept open for entries until midnight tonight (Thursday) Yesterday I commented on the author Margaret Feinberg Facebook Fan page – last night she commented back and said that she will put a link on her page for any of her readers to see it and

Hope raises its voice …

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Oct 13
Hope. Hope? My hope is in the creator – the creator of the world and of you and me. There’s many mysteries I don’t have answers to (and to my surprise the list of mysteries and questions is increasing instead of decreasing) but I still have hope. Without hope, it’s

Sunday Saying

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Oct 11
Rest. Rest.  Rest in God’s love.  The only work you are required to do     is to give your most intense attention to  His still, small voice within. – Madame Jeanne Guyon This quote brought comfort to me during the second year of recovery after receiving nasty injuries. My early

Saturday’s Story – Roadtrip #2

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Oct 10
On Saturdays, I post a portion of my stories from the once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip we took in 2003 and 2004. I’m working towards writing/publishing a book in the future that would include these stories, plus more.  Saturday’s Story – Roadtrip #1 I’m not sure we would ever have left Heaven on

The Nobel Peace Prize 2009

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Oct 09
The Nobel Peace Prize 2009  goes to President Barack Obama  “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy   and cooperation between peoples” Most of us were surprised to wake up to this news today. I stand fairly alone in my family and circle of friends (actually even in my

Winning Wednesday Winner

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Oct 09
And the winner of “A Thousand Splendid Suns is” …. Deborah from Tennessee! *Need an address Deborah

October Book Club

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Oct 08
Book Club was about food as much as it was about reading this month. As I said in yesterday’s post, we read Julie & Julia this month, which it a memoir about Julie Powell (the author) cooking her way through Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” (MtAoFC) cookbook.

Winning Wednesday

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Oct 07
“A good book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” ~William Styron This week, Winning Wednesday is a book I read last year that I want to share with someone – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

My bookclub

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Oct 06
I’ve had a bookclub that meets at my house off and on over the past few years. Some of the readers stayed the same, some have changed – one thing that has never changed is that it’s always been fun and interesting. This month we read … Julie and Julia:

Prayers Needed for Ruth Jackins

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Oct 06
I received sad news yesterday. Ruth Jackins, a woman that is from a local community group I was a part of during the time I taught the boys at home was hit by a car. Ruth and her friend were out for an evening walk around 7:20, when Ruth was

Review of “Find Your Strongest Life”

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Oct 05
In “Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently” Marcus Buckingham attempts to teach women how to have content and strong lives. He does this by interviewing a number of women, some are successful and happy, others are not. He then tries to determine what

Sunday Saying

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Oct 04
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”~ Anna Quindlen

Book Winner!

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Oct 02
Yesterday was a busy day, so I waited until this morning to pick thewinner for my first Winning Wednesday! The Book:A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller Twelve names were written on pieces of paper and put in a dish.My

It is all Good!

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Sep 30
Yesterday I received a phone call – no writers, it wasn’t that call – this one was even better! This phone call helped my breathing and made me feel a zillion pounds lighter! Omg – I still think I will take off floating any minute now, I feel so light.

Winning Wednesday

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Sep 30
Too many books … too little time. I love books and want to share some with my readers –so each Wednesday you will have a chance to win a book.Sometimes it will be one I review for Thomas Nelson –other times it will be one I love and want to

Review of “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller

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Sep 29
Wow! Excellent. Great read, I want to keep using words like that to describe this book, but that’s boring, so here’s some details. We have one life to live and Donald Miller does a superb job in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” helping the reader understand that life

Sunday Sayings

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Sep 27
“Julia (Child) taught me what it takes to find your way in the world. It’s not what I thought it was. I thought it was all about – I don’t know, confidence or will or luck. Those are all some good things to have, no question. But there’s something else,

Saturday’s Story – Roadtrip #1

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Sep 26
Every Saturday, I plan to post a portion of my stories from the once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip we took in 03/04. I’m working towards writing/publishing a book in the future that would include these stories, plus many more. December 4, 2003 was a cold, snowy night in southeast Pennsylvania – temps dipped

What CAN you do?

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Sep 24
I’ve liked this quote by Theodore Roosevelt for a long time … “Do what you can with what you have where you are.” That thought helped carry me through many seasons – Finding a spiritual identity outside the boxes of my past Begin walk/running at age 28 (never exercised before)

Writer’s Write

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Sep 23
“Writer’s write.” This is one of the pieces of advice Donald Miller gave today. He gave a speech, followed with a question/answer time at the Abilene Christian University Summit. It was streamed live online and I watched most of it. During the Q&A time, one question was, “What advice do

Sunday Saying – Uncertainty

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Sep 20
Ever have uncertainty in your life? Generally uncertainty is seen as a negative – what would happen if we saw it as a positive instead? “Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.” ~ R.I. Fitzhenry

Chocolate and God

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Sep 17
God gave us…

God gave us the sun and the stars and the winds, and people worshiped the sun and the stars and the winds, instead of the God who made them.

 Then God gave us the Law (in the Bible) and people worshiped the Law instead of the God who

Interruptions

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Sep 15
Do you ever interrupt someone in a conversation? Please say yes, because I don’t want to be alone. If you’ve ever had a conversation with me, you might know that I interrupt at times, especially if it’s something I feel passionate about – can be either positive or negative. Sometimes

Sunday Sayings

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Sep 13
I like to reserve Sunday as a day of rest, so my Sunday posts will be sayings or quotes that I’ve read that make me laugh and/or think. “We are created in the image of God, and he modeled for us a way of life that makes sense for how

Time Heals?

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Sep 11
When a tragedy happens, the popular saying “Time heals” is heard many times. I used to say it myself. But I’ve come to the conclusion that saying is incomplete. Time alone does not always heal. My expanded version is – “Time heals, along with proper care to yourself and love

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