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Thanksgiving Gratitude: 10 Goodies to Make You Smile

Ahh... Thanksgiving. The time of year when scents of roast turkey and pumpkin pie beckon. The season we give thanks and express gratitude for blessings and good things. As a child, I'm pretty sure the bounty enthralled more than other blessings. When we're kids, it's difficult to see beyond immediate gratification, especially, when tantalizing aromas entice and appeal. As we enter adulthood, though, while we still savor all the deliciousness, we come to see Thanksgiving in a new light. We think beyond the turkey, pie, and ballgames, and appreciate other things, too. Hearth and home. Family. Good health. God's provision.  All those things we sometimes take for granted in the hectic days we know as life. For some, maybe this season of gratitude doesn't come easily. Maybe it's a poignant reminder of fresh heartache or withered dreams.  Maybe it's awareness of challenges met and, perhaps, more to follow. Whatever juncture you're at, today's thoughts are for you...   10 Goodies to Make You Smile   1.
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Thanksgiving Gratitude: 10 Goodies to Make You Smile

Thinking Beyond the Bad to Focus on the Good

Can we not get through a week without bad stuff happening? I don't know about you, but this thought pops into my head almost weekly. And, maybe, you wonder, too, how do we stay encouraged in a discouraging world? How do we think beyond the bad to focus on the good?' In my case, I tend to write. Burying myself in my latest work in progress or another creative effort that has to do with writing whether that be blogging, journaling, or newsletter prep, gives me an outlet to work through strong emotion. I find writing cathartic as I try to make sense of the bad. As a writer, I can't stick my head in the sand and pretend tough things don't exist. Ignorance is not bliss. (Click-to-share) If we're to write intelligibly, writers must stay in touch, to some degree, with current events. That doesn't mean we stay chained to the television or social media 24/7. That's not
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Thinking Beyond the Bad to Focus on the Good

Just a Brief Update…

Since recent weeks have been rather hectic, today's blog post is coming to you on Saturday and not Friday. Thanks for joining me for a few minutes as we kick back, sip java, and chat. (And since it's Saturday, don't break out your dress duds. Your PJs and slippers are just fine!) You may remember I mentioned I'm working on a major writing project. I'm still knee-deep in this manuscript, as I've significantly changed a plot line, and that spells w-o-r-k. Lots of it, in fact! But...on the bright side? I've had great feedback and I hope the rest of the story is smooth sailing. *fingers crossed* To my newsletter family--- Watch those inboxes! November's e-newsletter goes out next week. Hint: You will love it! Inside, you'll find the usual fun and encouraging goodies, plus some additional surprises reserved only for my newsletter subscribers. This weekend is homecoming at my alma mater so I'll dish about that, too,
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Just a Brief Update…

Six Fall Pick-Me-Ups

There's a saying that if you don't like the weather (in the Ozarks) one day, stick around. The next day will be totally different. For instance, yesterday, our little niche registered eighty-one degrees. Today, we're expecting a high of forty-five. Forty-five? Ahh, well. That's life in the Ozarks. As winds shift and the season grows cooler, the Ozark hills and hollows pop with assorted colors. Saffron, russet, and orange---they're all there---as God paints this old earth with supernatural brushstrokes. Fall has finally made her glorious début. Since fall is, hands-down, my favorite time of year, I adore the cooler temperatures and the seasonal shift. I'm not a fan of cold weather, but I know good stuff lies beyond dormant seasons. With change comes reflection. Growth. Goals. Wisdom and renewed vision. Still, sometimes, change is ohh so hard. Like the trees and grass and all things colorful, we watch old dreams wither and die, only to, perhaps, be replaced with new
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Six Fall Pick-Me-Ups

Coffee and Catch-Up… Let’s Chat!

Hi friend ~ It's great to be with you today! I've missed you. Pull up a chair as we catch up over coffee and treats. No calories. No worries. And no bad stuff---because that's what the news is for, right? Now, for those who've asked---yes, I'm still here. Yes, I'm still blogging (though, as I mentioned a few months ago, my priority just now is writing---as in completing another manuscript). Currently, I'm immersed in a novel that's near and dear to my heart. It's a contemporary inspirational romance set within the Ozark foothills, and it's a story that I love, love, love. I'm on a self-imposed deadline, so while I'm still active on social media, I'm not as active. I do hang out on Facebook and Twitter and I'd love to connect with you there. In recent months, I've also added some fun, new Pinterest boards. In addition to those boards and pins that reflect the "feel" of my stories,
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Coffee and Catch-Up… Let’s Chat!

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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