Thinking Beyond the Bad to Focus on the Good

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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 …

Six Fall Pick-Me-Ups

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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 …

Coffee and Catch-Up… Let’s Chat!

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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, …

A Dose of Truth for the Weary Writer

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I know. But don’t let the blog title fool you. It’s good truth. I promise! Today’s thoughts are all about the love. And who can’t use more of that? Great! Let’s go! {{{HUG}}} As a little girl, I created masterpieces. I rocked my world with art and zany inventions. I made stuff from unusual materials. Egg cartons, fabric swatches, wallpaper samples—you …

Peace Despite Chaos

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Ahh, my friend. Another difficult blog post to write. I debated. I really did. I’ve always said my little niche here is your safe place. Peaceful. Hopeful. Loving. The place where we can chat, share a smile, and part happy as we go on about our day. I still stand by that. The thing is, though, when tragedies like the …

5 Great Things About Today

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When we’re besieged with bad news, it weakens our resolve and wrecks our emotions. It challenges us on a whole new level. This is one of those weeks. From fires, floods, and hurricanes to big and small heartaches in relentless doses, this week sucked us dry. And to make sure we didn’t miss a thing, media outlets provided ’round-the-clock coverage. …

In the Meantime…

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Do you ever fantasize about a much-anticipated event? Ever imagine the outcome surpassing your wildest expectations? Of course you have. We’ve all envisioned a goal mastered, a dream obtained, or a deeply held desire coming to fruition. In our mind, we may even visualize each step, each success or blunder,  it took to get there. Sometimes, the mere mental walk-thru is …

When Spring Came With Growing Pains (Part Four – Final Installment)

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I have to be honest. Actually, fall is my favorite season. When these old hills and hollows are awash with saffron, red, and orange, there’s nothing more beautiful…except maybe the month of spring. I can think of only one time I wished fall would hurry and pass—when color gave way to dormant browns and grays and stayed that way, at least …

When Spring Came With Growing Pains (Part Three)

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Ahh. Spring. I sense it. Can all but touch it. Last week we hit the upper seventies in my little corner of the Ozarks. Yesterday? We struggled to make it past the freezing mark. Last night? A hard freeze. My poor crabapple trees, laden with fresh, new buds and ready to bloom, may not—at least, this spring. Alas. There’s a …

Spring is Coming (Part Two)

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Spring is a marvelous season ripe with promise and new opportunities. After long, cold months of sun-starved days and muted browns and grays, we’re more than ready to discard Old Man Winter and move on. We’re excited about what’s up ahead. The past is behind us and the world is our oyster. And yet—sometimes, new seasons don’t come without growing pains. …