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Once Upon a time – and the story has a beginning. Do you ever wish for a place to let down all your defenses, a place where every curtain could be opened, a place where you could say whatever is on your mind, a place to be at peace? Where is that place for you? Where...

The Voice of Inspiration

Three years ago, I was inspired!  I shared dinner around the table with a children’s book author. I know. You’re ready to click ‘done’ and move on. I hear you.  “So, what?” you ask. Stay with me here because I promise you, there is something remarkable about author,...

A Healthy Prescription for Comfort

Two years ago, if you had said the word opioid in my presence, I would have thought you were talking about a new kind of breakfast cereal. Then I read a book titled, Less Pain Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control over Chronic Pain by...

We Hope Because We Love

HOPE: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen According to the dictionary, that’s what hope is. Expectancy. Something better is up ahead. Anticipation of good things yet to happen. After all, when was the last time you heard someone...

Settle on Belonging

What settles you? How would you answer that question? We are warned to seek best, don’t settle for just good enough. So, let’s get beyond the negative connotations of the word settle and explore why settling is a good thing. We are comfortable around people who are a...

A Different Kind of Sharing

It’s been months, but the memory is still fresh. At the conclusion of a women’s event one evening, we were invited to choose a painted rock. Of the twenty or so presented on the tray as we left the auditorium, I picked the one with the biggest smile – the one that...

I Believe & Why

Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, And that thou bid’st come to me, Oh Lamb of God I come. I come. – William Batchelder Bradbury Do you recognize the song? It was sung at the conclusion of every Billy Graham evangelistic meeting....

What Are You Afraid Of?

I still hear her. My mom’s exasperation amplified in her words, “What are you afraid of?” I’ve never been a daring person, never been brave, never the one to close my eyes and jump. I’m not the girl on the roller coaster. I’m more of a merry-go-round type of gal. I...

That’s My Story

When people learn that I am from the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, the first words I hear are,” It’s so beautiful up there.” To which I (almost always) reply, “It is! And the bugs think so too.” There is so much more to the story than that. As I write this post I am...
31 Days of Five-Minute Free Writes 2018

31 Days of Five-Minute Free Writes 2018

I’m trying something new. For each day in the month of October I will post a short essay based on a prompt, suggested by Kate Motaung. Kate is the founder of Five Minute Friday, an online community of writers who support each other as they engage in sharpening...