Roll with It – Embracing Plan B

Have you noticed that things don’t always go as planned? Our Thanksgiving plans were upended by two precious grandbabies with high fevers. Upon hearing this news, I heard my daddy’s voice in my head, as I often do, saying, “You’ve got to learn to roll with the punches.” My father spent some years boxing while […]

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Getting a Grasp on Gratitude

Have you ever wished you had something so much, and been so focused on attaining it, you were miserable? Many times, we can’t be thankful for what we have because we’re so focused on what we’re lacking. And sometimes, when we want something we don’t have and can’t seem to get, we’re not only sad, […]

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Choosing a Positive Attitude

Do you know those who seem to focus on all that is negative? It’s exhausting to be around them, isn’t it? Many years ago, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book titled The Power of Positive Thinking. It became an international bestseller. The book puts forth the idea that if you change your thinking it […]

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Building on Firm Foundations

My husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina last weekend. Although we have been many times before, I am always amazed by house—the size and scope, building materials, architectural elements, and the massive foundation. Construction of the house took six years and involved roughly a thousand workers, including local crews and […]

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Guarding Against Deception

When I was a young child, during a season of heavy rain, the large creek behind our house, overflowed its banks. I remember my father placing a stake in the backyard to mark the edge of the water. Then, several times a day, he marked the water level on the stake. Eventually, the water level […]

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Knowing When to Change Course

Last weekend, my husband and I visited the H. L. Hunley museum in Charleston, South Carolina. For those of you not versed in Civil War history, Hunley was the first combat submarine. We were presented with a number of interesting facts during the tour. Many proved wrong my knowledge about the Hunley, including learning that […]

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5 Keys to Moving Beyond Rejection

As a writer, I’m familiar with rejection. Not every article I pitch, book idea I propose, or conference workshop I submit is accepted. When rejections come, I have the option of accepting them, re-evaluating the ideas, making necessary changes, and finding other markets, or I can react with anger and take rejection personally. Whether a […]

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Handling Seasons of Change

This week heralds the beginning of fall, but, here in the south, the weather hasn’t gotten the word. Although the nights tease with temperatures in the 60s, days top the charts in the 90s. Personally, I have enjoyed the sun-filled days and extra time to swim before putting a lid on the pool for the […]

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