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Blatant Case for Forgiveness

Today I started my morning with this scripture: “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7 Throughout Lent, and especially as we draw closer to Easter, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the suffering inflicted upon Him by: Judas, chief priests and scribes, Herod, Pilate and his guards. Horrid indignities, treated as worthless and despicable, ridiculed, taunted — this was even before he was crucified! Never was there a more blatant…

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Writing About Forgiveness

The response to my current book project on Forgiveness has been heart and mind-blowing! So many have shared their incredible stories and encouragement with me. In the process, I’m exceedingly appreciative of all of the ongoing assurances showing how desperately this book is needed. On this amazing writing journey, some days’ events and serendipitous encounters seemed like huge billboards plastered everywhere along the road. Unavoidable, they served to remind me of the extreme importance of this book, realizing potential positive…

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Live Happy-Be Healthy: Add Humor to Every Day

I probably don’t have to remind you these are contentious times we’re living in, do I? Yet, the quest for happiness has been around as long as mankind has been in existence. It seems this search to fill that void is never-ending, as attempts are made to acquire that secret something that continues to elude.   Did you know there is a connection between health and humor? If you’re not exercising that funnybone of yours, you may be missing out…

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Humor Therapy: Bring in the Clowns

Humor Therapy: Bring in the Clowns — Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Venue How can you entertain in a place like this? “The question often comes up. In fact, it seems only natural that folks would wonder how in the world anyone could entertain — let alone “clown” in the midst of sickness, sadness, sometimes even dying. Not an unusual query at all. Even as the seasoned hospital/caring clown that I am (13 years, at this writing), I must…

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Beautiful Gift Delivered by an Angel

There are Angels Among Us We were sure she’d live to be 100 years old. It wasn’t long. She remained vibrant, clear-minded, armed with a spirit and spunk that let you know she’s got this — no problem. Our last visit with her convinced us, with certainty. Her amazing schedule of gatherings, luncheons, meetings and activities belied her age. Far more active than folks even 20 years younger, we were thrilled to know she was still living an incredibly engaging,…

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Kindness Changes Everything

Kindness makes all the difference. Christmastime brings with it traditions, surprises, special gatherings and beautiful blessings… About 22 years ago, a group of ladies gathered to give an abused woman a gift shower to help her in settling into a new, safer life. Every year since then, I’ve received a Christmas card and update from this sweet lady. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she shares with me how this year  was for her, assuring me that she’s getting on…

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Transformations Surround Us

Transformations… surround us. Because life is dynamic, things change every day. Transformative events occur, creating a world we never dreamed of before this moment. We’ve been known to have a change of heart… often change our minds… sometimes, we even change directions in midstream! As sure as we are of things. consistent and stable as we may try to live our lives, it’s obvious we exist in the midst of change. These are the unexpected spaces in our lifetime where…

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Happy Friday!

Happy-Happy Friday! I love celebrating the weekend, don’t you? There’s something special about them! I still look forward to the week’s end even when I have no big plans or events scheduled.   Not long ago, as we were all embarking on a long holiday weekend, a lady I know wished me a nice, long weekend [appreciated] — and, she added — to give me “a break from work.” Her comment made me chuckle, because my life blends work into…

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Showers of Blessings

It seems the weather is almost always a popular topic of conversation — maybe in part because it’s something we can agree upon*. Highly unpredictable twists and turns during the 2016 growing season certainly provided endless soundbites and sharing.   According to USDA Drought Monitoring, my area of North Carolina is experiencing drought conditions. This we knew. It was especially evident when our garden went unattended during a recent trip.   While our garden took the turn it did this…

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