5 Characteristics of True Winners

I can count on one hand the times I’ve won a contest, so last weekend, I was surprised to learn my book Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well won first place in the SCWC Notable Book Awards for traditionally published nonfiction. I had already decided which of the finalist would win, and it wasn’t […]

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Snow’s Transforming Power

Several days ago, we woke to a beautiful, deep snow. For many, snow is common and more of an inconvenience than anything else. But for those of us living in areas where snow is occasional, it is a delight. Here, snow in the forecast is guaranteed to clean out grocery store aisles and send people […]

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A Word for 2022

Each year, I like to choose a word that is meaningful, motivating, and helps me stay focused. Sometimes, my word for the year is obvious and comes rapidly. But here we are almost to the middle of January and I still haven’t landed on my word. Now, for a writer, it’s a little disturbing to […]

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New Year, Fresh Canvas

Like an empty canvas awaiting the first brush stroke, there is something infinitely exciting and refreshing about a new year. Difficulties and challenges of the year past fade into the background with the bright hues of opportunity that lie ahead. Decisions for change load a fresh palette. New choices brush away and cover past mistakes. […]

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Top 10 Tips for the New Year

The New Year is like a blank sheet of paper. We have fresh opportunities to make changes, set new goals, and write new chapters of our lives. As you begin this year, consider these ten tips to help you focus and maintain forward motion: Temper Actions and Words – Often we behave certain ways without […]

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The Joy of Christmas

What brings you joy at Christmas? Is it time with family, baking, singing, volunteering your time and talents? Christmas is a time for celebration, rejoicing, and counting blessings, but it’s also a time to brighten the lives of others, and give as your heart prompts. Here are a few of my favorite things at Christmas: […]

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Follow the Light

When our children were young, a zealous property owners association board member encouraged everyone in the neighborhood to purchase and place luminaries on the curb in front of their houses each Christmas Eve. Even if we prepared in advance, it was always stressful to get the luminaries in place and lighted before extended family arrived […]

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Grief at Christmas

Will this be a difficult Christmas for you? Amid all the activities and festivities, is your heart breaking as you miss the presence of a loved one? Loss comes in many different forms and the associated grief manifests differently for each of us. Your grief may be new or surface afresh after many years. I […]

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