Components of Love

A number of legends exist about the origin of Valentine’s Day. One story is tied to the Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia. Another traces the origin to a priest named Valentine, who defied the Roman emperor’s ban on marriage for young soldiers and performed weddings in secret ceremonies. Another legend suggests Valentine was imprisoned for helping […]

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4 Reasons to Pursue Hospitality

What do you think of when you hear the word “hospitality?” Do think inviting friends to your home for dinner, or do you see visions of large hotel complexes and the hospitality industry? When I hear the word “hospitality,” I think of my mama. Whether an elaborate Christmas gathering with decorations, candles, and “party food” […]

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4 Reasons to Finish What You Start

When my children were growing up, and something they’d committed to became challenging, their inclination was to quit. Unless additional factors came into play, I encouraged them to continue to completion because I knew their feelings of frustration or being overwhelmed would likely subside in a few days. Additionally, I wanted to teach them the […]

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Uncovering Deterrents to Beginning

January provides the opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to begin again, to make forward motion with plans and accomplish goals. But often those plans fall by the wayside with the first obstacle and goals are put aside when the hurdles are higher than expected or life intervenes. Sometimes the hurdles that halt forward […]

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4 Obstacles to Receiving

Have you ever known someone who is an unwilling recipient? I’ve encountered a few such people, and at the time, I found their reaction difficult to understand. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a gift? But sometimes, those who do not receive well are averse to accepting anything, whether gifts, help, or advice. Here are some […]

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3 Reasons to Encourage New Growth

Last Christmas, we received a poinsettia via a harried florist deliveryman. As he thrust the plant into my hands, I noticed several branches were damaged; others, thin and weak. I propped the damaged branches and petted the plant through the Christmas season and into the first month of the new year. By mid-January, the plant […]

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