Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving or secretly dreading spending time with a certain person who’ll be there? The Holidays mean family gatherings and that can create its own special brand of stress. Let’s face it, there’s one, at least one relative, in almost every family that tracks in drama when they cross the threshold. Old grievances, personality conflicts, real and imagined hurts, even unpaid loans can trigger ill will when… Read More

  We all long for a meaningful life. Making it happen is like making good Holiday Fudge, you gotta have quality ingredients and the right environment. Then there’s the process. Assembling the tools, understanding the directions, and doing the right thing at the right time so that you get the desired result.   If only life were as straight forward, as predictable as cooking! We could all find a reliable, tried-and-true recipe that appealed… Read More

  While performing an App Scrap of derelict and outdated Apps on my iPad I found the old Photo Booth app from IOS 7. I still love this App for the Thermal Camera, X-Ray, and Kaleidoscope features. While playing with it I took a shot of myself that captured a combo Art Deco/Modern Abstract background. I like the way it pops my eyeglasses, but can’t figure out why some of my front… Read More

Originally posted on Wordsmith's Desk:
~ “I came to listen and in the quiet…I heard the beating of my heart.” ~ Find a time when your movements and thoughts can cease; “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) …when your heart and soul can rest; “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;… (Psalm 23:2) …when everything is as it should be; “…He leadeth me beside…

Today we’re headed to Seattle to sample the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I’m traveling with my granddaughter Kate and her boys up to the cloudy rainy home of the Space Needle and the fictional Crane brothers—Fraiser and Niles. Kate’s a foodie so we have a long list of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries to visit. So much food, so little time! We’re working on restaurant recipes retooled for the home… Read More

  “After eight hours of watching helplessly while my own inane, manneristic doodles overstepped their margins and covered the pages I was supposed to be writing, I gave up.  I decided to hate myself, to make popcorn, and read. Annie Dillard, The Writing Life   This made me laugh, but hiding behind the humor is something very telling. “. . .I decided to hate myself. . .” That’s actually a good way… Read More

Do you want to hear God’s voice more clearly? You can. It’s that simple. You and I control the volume. We have to turn down the outside noises.   The ambient noise level in our lives is in our control more often than we think. Sure there are lots of hours of the day when our time and environment aren’t ours to control, but there are moments and hours that are. It’s… Read More

  Parenting is a more like a marathon than a sprint and when your kids hit Junior High you know the finish line is finally and unavoidably coming up fast.   If you’ve already done what you needed to do then these last few years may be the most fun you’ve ever had with your kids. If not, don’t freak out.  Not yet anyway. There’s still plenty of time and opportunity to… Read More

  Today I spoke my mind—and heart to God.   I’ve been reading Job and I liked how he just told God, straight out, how he felt.   “Oh that I might have my request,     and that God would fulfill my hope, that it would please God to crush me,     that he would let loose his hand and cut me off! This would be my comfort;     I would even exult in pain unsparing,     for I… Read More

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:
Vintage DilbertOctober 30, 2014 Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He know he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window. Burgess…

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