How I Changed My Mind and Opened Up New Possibilities for Healing

It’s tough to maintain emotional wellbeing while suffering with chronic illness.  The constant barrage of symptoms wears us down and can dishearten even the most resilient among us.  Hopeful thoughts can easily be pushed into the abyss of hopeless expectation, making it imperative that we get intentional about identifying the thinking that shuts us down. …

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How Stillness Changed My ‘What if’

It happened during a recent sabbatical, spent deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains.  I had been struggling and needed to think through some persistent challenges that had wrapped tentacles of confusion around my mind.  So, I had taken retreat into the arms of nature’s seclusion.  My hope was to, once again, find the…

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New Beginnings

In the deep-quiet of winter, nature’s keeper tip-toes into creation’s inner chamber, gingerly setting its springtime alarm.  At a perfectly appointed time, the ethereal bell ‘tings’…rousing creation into it’s bright, new morning.  Spring peepers rub sleep from their eyes and crawl onto the sun warmed banks of Cottage Creek.  Insistent, rhythmic croaks resound in chorus,…

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When Deep Love Meets Deep Need

My father found his way into my dreams, again, last night.  I find it interesting that he comes to me, not in the form of the hard working, vibrant figure of my youth, but as the shell of a man, who lay dying with Alzheimer’s disease.   This morning, I awoke with a ‘knowing’ that there…

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Ditching the Millstone Necklace (5 Ways to De-clutter Life)

There is more to de-cluttering your life than moving stuff out of the house. Clutter can accumulate in unexpected places, weighing you down and keeping you from experiencing the best possible version of your life. In this article, you will discover 5 surprising areas of your life that just might benefit from a good spring-cleaning.

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Love’s First Steps

When I see this picture, I remember… Lazy moments on a porch, where generational love began its life-long trek. When I see this picture, I see love… And if I look closely, I see a perfect heart, which wraps itself around the toes of a baby and her Nana. When I see this picture, I…

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Sabbath Morning

A steady, silent drizzle had left its glistening mark upon the landscape, as the morning rays of the sun peaked over the horizon.  Moss and lichen bloomed thick on the gnarled limbs which lay on the saturated ground.  Exotic fungi burst patterns and colors from soggy bark, which had lain bare just a few hours…

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Wisdom From a Cat

I call this photo “Content in Snow”.  It inspires me, and this is why…  The life of a barn cat is not easy.  Meals are well earned.  And sparse.  They are not served in pretty little kibble dishes. There are no silky cat pillows. No brightly colored toys, and no temperature controlled luxuries to enjoy.…

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The Surprise

  I love surprises!  Well…pleasant ones, anyway. I had spent the late afternoon hours walking along the lake shore, taking in the beauty of the natural setting.  As I strolled along the shoreline, it felt as though creation was holding its breath, in anticipation, as the wild geese moved toward the spectacle of their evening…

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