On Life: Taking Risks…

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Katherine Mansfield On Life: Taking Risks... requires walking through an unknown door Taking Risks… requires walking through an unknown door Life itself is a risk… Every day we step outside our door to carry on our daily activities, the potential for harm is increased. Sometimes, we perform actions that carry enormous risks. For instance, ...

Heart Matters: National Wear Red Day

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson National Wear Red Day – Raising Awareness About Heart Disease General statistics Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. Ninety percent of women have one or more ...

Musings: How We Spend Our Time…

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau Musings: How We Spend Our Time... This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded ...

Dad And Amelia: Conclusion

Valuable time ticked by as Dad fiddled with the plane’s flight instruments. When he’d finished tapping and adjusting every device in the cockpit, he contacted the tower on the squawky radio and we were told to proceed to the runway. With my heart beating like a hummingbird’s, I looked over at Dad. He appeared fully in control as man and machine became one. I still think of him this way, Helios the sun god. And I was to accompany him ...

Alberta’s Wild Rose

I love our Wild Rose! The Alberta Wild Rose grows all over Alberta from north to south and even in the mountains. Producing delicate pink blooms from May to August, this bush adds a wild elegance to woods, fields & along the roadsides. I am lucky enough to live on a farm near Edmonton, Alberta and my property comes alive each spring with the glorious Wild Rose. The following pictures were taken this past summer on my farm. I found this bee enjoying ...

Reflections: Bliss Is…

“To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss.” Joseph Campbell Reflections: Bliss Is... in the waterfalls? What does bliss mean to you? Have you ever stopped to think about the saying; follow your bliss? When you wake up in the morning do you envision a day filled with bliss? If you’re wondering what prompted this ...

Reflections: To Live Without Belief…

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” Joan of Arc Reflections: To Live Without Belief... constellation of stars When I read the Daily Post prompt on something we used to believe in, it made me think about the ways I’ve nurtured and discarded beliefs over the years. When I was young, I believed that ...

Ted

Enough of you have been following long enough for me to lower my guard to share an intimacy. I want to introduce a member of the Chatterbox clan who, up until now, hasn’t been mentioned, the only family member who doesn’t live up to the family name of Chatterbox—Ted. Ted speaks very little. He came to live with us the Christmas of ‘09 when we were snowed in and the only store Mrs. Chatterbox and I could reach on foot was ...

America: A Nation of Atheists???

Heading into the end of the year, it is politically correct to not offend anyone's seasonal sensibilities - God forbid you wish anyone a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah." As such, the rule of the day is to wish everyone generic "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" to help keep peace on earth and goodwill toward all. In response to the aforementioned holiday homogenization, the following was written and delivered by guest editorial contributor, Ben Stein [see photo insert] on a recent segment ...

My Next Big Thing!

My Next Big Thing! Laine Cunningham, recipient of two national awards for her novel, Message Stick, tagged me for a blog hop called “My Next Big Thing.” Laine posted on her current project, Buy Light and Purple Blooms. Check out her full blog post by clicking here. Everyone in the blog hop answered ten questions about their latest projects. Laine’s describes Buy Light and Purple Blooms as a women’s thriller. "That is, the story is primarily a woman’s story yet it has ...

ReBranding the Church: Develop a Thirst for Knowledge

Evan Forester works in marketing and writes for #LiveFully. He believes the church needs a new brand. Most people identify Christians by what they are against, but he believes they should be known more by what they are for. Today, he discusses Christians and their need to have and demonstrate a thirst for knowledge: A History of Thought Leadership For centuries, Christians led the way in discovery of new truths and the applications of those discoveries. In John 8:32, Jesus said, “you will know ...

Gift Giving to Self

I’m looking forward to letting you know, dear readers, what I am giving as books this year. I cannot say now because the recipients may see! In the meantime, I wish for you all a wonderful holiday week, whatever you have planned. For my part, today, I have given myself a couple of gifts: (1) I’m starting to read Stephen King’s highly touted 11/22/63, which I would call a guilty pleasure if he didn’t also keep teaching me how to write ...

Honoring Dad on Memorial Day

Southport (Maine) Memorial Library on Memorial Day 2012 My dad, part of the Greatest Generation, never wanted to be thanked for his service to the country. I tried once, and he did a “brush-away” motion with his hand and murmured something to dismiss the subject. He had been a lieutenant with duties of supply officer and paymaster on board the U.S.S. Heermann in World War II. He survived the Battle off Samar (in Phillippines), and the only story he’d tell was ...

A Long Way from Manuscript

Members of TEAM TSA (this group at Disney in 2012) participate in athletic events to support the mission of the Tourette Syndrome Association to discover a cause and find a cure for tourette syndrome. This past Tuesday marked the start of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15). I know this because I stay in touch with Brad Cohen, whose book (co-authored with Lisa Wysocky) Front of the Class was one of my former company VanderWyk & Burnham’s success ...

In My Hands

I remember carrying the tiny gray bird home, his frantic heart beating wildly against my careful hands. I’d found him in a field tucked between two tenements when I was playing army with the neighborhood boys. I was designated as the nurse even though I could handle a stick gun as good as the next guy. I’m not sure what type of bird it was but I knew it was a baby because of its scrawny neck, too thin to support ...

All We Are Saying...

I remember sitting cross legged on the Worcester Common, with my hair frizzed out like Janice Joplin’s, and my training bra tucked inside my back pocket, while joining a massive choir of Flower Children, singing; “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.” This was the 60’s mantra, and although I was too young to really grasp the importance of the message, I remember feeling incredibly peaceful at the time. Perhaps we were naïve in thinking that we could ...

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