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I Choose Joy…First Step

I Choose Joy…First Step

I CHOOSE JOY... FIRST STEP   What is the first step in finding more joy? Is gratitude step one, and does it lead us to joy? Or is joy first to make it easier to have gratitude? It’s like the chicken and the egg question...which came first? The egg question even...

How to Choose Joy

How to Choose Joy

HOW TO CHOOSE JOY You mean I have to choose joy? Isn't it an automatic response like feeling happy or sad?  It's easy and FUN to be joyful when I am happy. But, it is tough to create when I'm not!   HOW TO CHOOSE JOY WHEN IT IS TOUGH Ok, I admit...lately I have...

Happy Birthday, Bart!

Happy Birthday, Bart!

    In honor of my son's birthday, I awoke this morning teary-eyed as I faced another day without Bart. The idea came to me to write him a letter... Dear Bart, I miss you so much! As I wake up this morning thinking about you, on the one hand, my heart cries out that I...

Who Do You See?

Who Do You See?

In The Busyness of Life, Who Do You See?"...that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”--John 6:40As I read this scripture, my eyes rest on “sees the Son.” I ask myself, how often do I see...

Where is My Safe Place?

Where is My Safe Place?

How are you celebrating July 4? As we join family and friends to honor our country and the process that made us free, ask yourself... Where is My Safe Place? Is it a cozy, comfortable chair? How about under your favorite tree? Our Forefathers and their families shed...

“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” — James Bryce
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3 Reasons to Celebrate Memorial Day

  "Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong." -- James Bryce --Brainy Quote   3 Reasons to Celebrate Memorial Day: Past, Present, Future Why is Memorial Day so special? Three Reasons:...

Christmas or Thanksgiving Cactus???

Christmas or Thanksgiving Cactus???

Why do I love Christmas Cactus? Christmas Cacti and hummingbirds were two of nature's blessings that excited my mother. After my father died she moved to the second floor of an assisted living. It was an adjustment for her. With no trees, she missed her yard with...

Blogs for Boomers: Living With Passion

Blogs for Boomers: Living With Passion

AGING WITH PASSION How do Boomers successfully age with passion? Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn kept their passion for life and for each other! If they can do it, so can we! So, for all of those rockin' baby boomers out there, this post is for you! Previously, in...

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Do You Believe in Miracles?

  Wow! What a movie! Have you ever seen a movie you could not get out of your head (for good reasons)? OK, I admit this movie is hard to watch. Miracles from Heaven is a gut-wrencher! Just about the time the terminally ill Annabel wants to give up and die, the...

VIEW FROM THE TOP

VIEW FROM THE TOP

  A View From The Top About thirty years ago, I fell in love with snow skiing. I remember the first time John and I took Amy and Bart with us to a friend’s house in Breckenridge, Colorado. Our children took advantage of ski school the first day, as did John and...

Four Crisis Survival Tips

Four Crisis Survival Tips

  Our hearts and prayers engulf the Texans who lost their families and homes from the horrendous flooding. My daughter's friend grieves for her friends in Wimberly, Texas, because they have lost both. Waiting to be rescued from their roof, they watched the waters...

PIGS CAN FLY!

PIGS CAN FLY!

by Karyn Almendarez SHE FLIES AGAIN!!!         Eleven years ago while eating at a restaurant in Snowmass, Colorado, called the Woody Creek Tavern, I fell in love with a plastic pink pig with wings hanging from the ceiling. I was even more...