Life on the Highwire

If you’ve ever watched a tightrope walker on a highwire, you’ve probably experienced simultaneous feelings of anxiety and hope. Although you know practice and repetition will probably ensure safe passage to the little platform on the opposite end of the rope, there is still concern that all may not go as planned. Many tightrope walkers […]

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New Life

This week a much-anticipated event came to fruition. My daughter gave birth to a sweet little man. His arrival happened a little sooner than expected, but he came in God’s perfect plan and timing. The sweetness of tiny hands and feet, silky smooth skin, perfect little nose, tiny sighs, and squinty eyes peeking at his […]

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Selective Listening

Our world is full of noise these days. Have you noticed? Everyone has an opinion and is taking freedom of speech to the extreme. Social media rants, protests, negative news reports, and arguments in restaurants and workplaces bombard our senses daily. Other voices hint at war as leaders trade insults and threats. After a while, […]

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Storm Recovery

In recent days, the news has been filled with reports of hurricanes barreling toward the Caribbean and southern states. After the swirling masses pass through, weaken, and blow themselves out, the reports come of devastation—deaths, lost homes and possession, and wrecked lives. My husband and I are in the middle of a uncharted storm, an […]

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Handling the Unexpected

Recently, I had a phone interview with a website editor about potential work. Prior to the call, I studied the articles on the site and extensively researched the topics on which I hoped to gain assignments. I felt confident and well-prepared for the call. However, the conversation didn’t go as I expected. The editor was […]

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Effective Communication

Is there someone in your life you gave up communicating with years ago because it was just too difficult? Perhaps you stopped trying because the person consistently misinterprets what you say and looks for reasons to find offense. Or maybe you got tired of that person talking over you, not listening, criticizing, or pooh-poohing your […]

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Eclipsed

It was talked about it for weeks, months, years even—The Great American Eclipse. My area of South Carolina was in the swath of totality so people traveled here to watch. Hotels were booked weeks in advance and navigating traffic the day before and the day of made you feel as if you were in a […]

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Emotional Thieves

So many things in life rob you of not only time, but also peace and forward motion. Some of these thieves are so much a part of your life that you stopped realizing their impact on you long ago. Let’s examine these bandits and see what they steal. Fear – Fear holds a position at […]

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Finding What was Lost

In the last few weeks, I’ve been searching for a lost item, a huge wooden bowl that belonged to my mother. When I cleaned out Mama’s house after her death, just seeing the bowl sent me spiraling back in time to innumerable youth fellowships at our house and Neely 4th of July family gatherings. On […]

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