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My Top 10 Relaxing Blog Posts

Today as we gear down for the weekend, I thought it might be fun to share my Top 10 Relaxing Blog posts. I've included some nuggets of encouragement, as well as thoughts to coax a smile and a pleasant memory or two. If you like something you read, I hope you'll pass along to others. Enjoy and have a great weekend ~   How Will You Make a Difference?           The small things we do to bless others and the effort we make to change lives.  Sweet Friendship: The Reunion That Took 25 Years           The moment pressed upon my heart---bookmarking itself in my memory bank.  Sometimes, You Need a Breather. Fresh Air HERE.           Encouragement to combat heartache in a misery-loves-company world Downtime Dillydallying: 15 Tips for a Stress-Free Weekend           Downtime is essential to a well-balanced lifestyle. 15 tips to a happier, healthier YOU.
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My Top 10 Relaxing Blog Posts

Five Ways We Can Love Better

I don't remember ever saying "I hate you." My parents discouraged those three words in our home and we tried to raise our children with the same mindset. Love the person. Hate the act. Now, there are things I dislike. Okay---hate, even. Things like... Processed cheese. Black licorice. Paisley prints. Cat puke. A dripping faucet. Price rollbacks that really aren't. And worse things like... Hardened hearts. Closed mindsets. Overblown egos. Agendas. Rudeness in any form. Evil. To summarize: I strongly dislike (hate, even) things that make my skin crawl. Things that upend my literal or figurative palate. To be blunt---I hate bad disguised as good. Dousing cow poop in perfume doesn't make it smell better. It may change the color, but it still stinks. Now---regarding people? Whoa, Nelly. We're a mixed-up lot. Never in my life have I witnessed so much discord and dissension as I have in recent months. We've upped our game in call-outs, pay-backs, and pig-headed rhetoric. We've wounded. We've shamed. We've trivialized loss. We've closed doors and killed dreams. We've dined on meanness and requested seconds. How incredibly sad and ironic, really. On the other
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Five Ways We Can Love Better

Writing, Winter, and Ice… OH, MY!

Well, for those who are wondering--- What they say about the Ozarks is true. If you're tired of the weather one day, stick around. Weather here changes on a dime. For instance, on Wednesday my car registered seventy-two degrees. Yesterday? Not even half that. And today... Today it seems we are in for a get-your-blood-pumping-and-slip-on-your-long johns kind of day. In other words---a hearty round of wintry weather. You know the drill. Sleet. Freezing rain. A nice coating of ice just to spice things up a bit. It's enough to make this cold-blooded, born-and-bred Ozarks gal want to hunker down with a pot of strong, black coffee, my wool blend snuggy, and my fuzzy, warm house slippers. Toss in the laptop and a book or two, and I'm good to go. Ahh. Since I'm updating the blog Thursday, this post will go live early Friday morning, but I'll give you a few progress reports throughout the day (as long as we don't lose power) on Twitter and Facebook. If
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Writing, Winter, and Ice… OH, MY!

Live the ADVENTURE

As we mature (age), the tendency to step outside our comfort zone is greater than it might be versus those angst-filled days of our youth. The first decades of life, we're more concerned with "fitting in" and we care what our peers and coworkers think. We might dance around the edges of safe and flirt with different, but we're less inclined to go against the grain. (Of course, there are exceptions.) Then, years find us. We grow restless. We explore life beyond the bubble. We change. Generally, the more we learn, the more confident we become. We try new things and we see new possibilities. We still want to fit in and be accepted by our peers, but we view autonomy and uniqueness in a new light. We approach life differently. Or we should. That adventure we imagined ourselves living is now a choice. Someday is here. As a little girl I fancied myself a writer. Impossibly curious, with an overactive imagination, I first created story worlds in pictures. My passion
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Live the ADVENTURE

The World We Create

As a fiction writer, I'm drawn to stories---different kinds of stories, really, because I realize one way to improve my craft is to understand the human condition. By nature, I'm also very curious and I enjoy people. I want to know what makes them tick. I want to know what motivates them. How choices, lifestyles, and culture influence their decisions and affect their future. Smart writers, writers who want to make their stories come alive, don't put themselves in a box or wall themselves up in their glass houses. (Although when I'm in my writing zone, I must admit, I'm transported to the world I'm creating.) As I mentioned here (Where I Find Great Story Ideas---Six Examples), I don't lack for story fodder. And as you might guess from my Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction tagline, my favorite stories to write are those that feature rural areas or small home towns with quirky, loveable (but fallible) characters. (Think Jan Karon's heartwarming
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The World We Create

Meet Cindy

A hopeless romantic, wife, mother, lover of the Ozarks, and passionate follower of Jesus. And that’s just for starters…
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