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Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow

posted by kjackson

I’ve found there is no logic to how I feel in the middle of grief. I’ve received huge gifts, and–although I’m thankful for them because they assure me I don’t have to make a drastic lifestyle change at the same […]

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Tithing Upside Down

posted by kjackson

And so the big story–the headline–is that a 40-year-old homeschool mom unexpectedly lost her young and fit husband when he died of a massive heart attack next to her in bed. Even now–23 days later–I’m still not believing that story. […]

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A Story in Memory of Steve Jobs

posted by kjackson

I just found out that Steve Jobs, Apple CEO,  has passed away. When I saw this quote of his, I was reminded of a story…. Back in our church days it was easy to get caught up in filling the […]

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TAWANDA! Time to Till!

posted by kjackson

You know what makes me happy? Garden tilling makes me happy. I relish the power of pushing a piece of heavy machinery through hard-packed soil and sod, breaking it up and making it crumbly and black. I yell, “TAWANDA!” in […]

Let’s Take it Outside

posted by kjackson

I woke this morning feeling a bit disoriented and irritable. My mind raced to try to figure out “what was wrong?” Was I upset about something? Did I have something planned for the day that I didn’t want to do? […]

Perfect Timing

posted by kjackson

Wednesday morning I woke early. The house was quiet and I peeked out the back window at an amazing sunrise. I tip-toed outside and sat on the back porch with Sammy the cat and watched that sunrise and felt the […]

The Glorious Path of Belief

posted by kjackson

I dropped by a friend’s house the other day and my senses were bombarded with the excitement radiating through her house. In her living room she had a stage area set up with six or seven instruments just waiting for […]

Life is Just a….Cake Walk?

posted by kjackson

Every year my family waits with great anticipation for the county fair….and the cake walk. The fair is similar to small-town fairs everywhere, I suppose. The barns are full of livestock; 4H competitors lead animals from pens to arenas and […]

I Wish Them Well

posted by kjackson

I just finished reading an article about a program in Alabama, funded by grants, where prison inmates receive classes in art and literature. It’s called “The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP)” and, although inmates are not receiving college […]

Written Wishes

posted by kjackson

According to the Bible, God used words to create our world. There was nothing. And then God spoke and there was something. How truly cool is that? And when God spoke humans into being, the humans were made in God’s […]

How to be Happy

posted by kjackson

  “I just want to be happy!” I hear these words constantly–in songs, in movies, from my friends/children/spouse’s mouths. Sometimes I even hear them come out of my own mouth or go rumbling around in my head. But what does […]

Dancing in the Air

posted by kjackson

I thought this was lovely. Surprise hula dancers perform in the aisles of an airplane. I love how peaceful and happy they seem. There seems to be more and more brave performances going on lately…people taking a chance and choosing […]

Teach Them to Love

posted by kjackson

You know what I loved most about being a high school and college student? I had a set time each day where I *had* to do something I loved. Back then they actually required me to read Shakespeare and to […]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

posted by kjackson

Have you ever thought about how a look in the mirror was reason enough for the queen to demand Snow White’s heart on a platter? I approach living life “happy” almost as if it were a job…a daily challenge. It’s […]

A Tweet for a Steak

posted by kjackson

I tend to avoid the news because it can be so depressing and upsetting, but, every once in awhile, a news piece will make me smile. Today I read about Peter Shankman who, after a very long day of travel, […]

Laughter Doeth Good….

posted by kjackson

  I love how laughter is contagious. I laughed all the way through this video and now I Feel Good (nanananana…I knew that I would…nanananan….)!  He has got to have the cutest giggle ever.

Act Your Age! (not)

posted by kjackson

Ninety-eight-year-old Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco recently received her 10th degree black belt. This means she’s been promoted to judo’s highest level…an honor only three other people have ever attained: all men, all living in Japan. I remember when I […]

You’re So (not) Pretty?

posted by kjackson

When I say to my little girls–age nine and seven–“you’re so pretty!” am I setting them up for heartache? Am I telling them the same sort of lies as I tell them when I pretend there is an Easter Bunny […]

More Lessons From Lola

posted by kjackson

I’m finding one can learn a lot from a little Lola pig: Follow your gut when dealing with new acquaintances. A few days ago my mom and dad came down to the pen to meet their grand-pig. I put Lola’s […]

Happy Birthday to Me!

posted by kjackson

Tomorrow is my birthday!  I have a lovely day planned.  I’ve cleared my calendar of all responsibilities, I’ve rented three movies, and I’m stocked up on junk food. I’ve told the kids I’d really like candy for this year’s gift, […]

Lessons from Lola: Let It Go

posted by kjackson

Classes with Lola the Pig have begun. I’m sure I will continue to learn more and more lessons from her, but this first one is note worthy (blog worthy?). Lola communicates….freely. When she sees me from her pen she begins […]

The Path Before You….

posted by kjackson

My natural inclination is to plan. I like to decide what is next, next and next. Many times this comes in handy. For instance, this summer when my family accompanied me to my performance locations, before we left I would […]

Lovely Lady Lola….the pig

posted by kjackson

Meet Lola the Pig. And you might as well say “hi” to the happy lady holding her. It’s pretty obvious that lady is in her “Happy Place”.  Lola’s story starts a long time ago when that lady was just a […]

Attack the APPLES!

posted by kjackson

A “Little” Adventure: Vacation One-Day-at-a-Time

posted by kjackson

In the minivan with my family–traveling toward a new place to explore– is one of my favorite HAPPY PLACES.  Vacations, however, can be expensive and exhausting and sometimes it’s impossible to get away from work and responsibilities for an entire […]

Jane’s Life

posted by kjackson

Sometimes I’ll stop and realize that I’m not living my life. Instead, sometimes I waste my life. I waste it wishing for the next bit of life. I thought it would be interesting to write an extreme example of how […]

A Story and A Song

posted by kjackson

This story…and this song…made me cry just as hard as it made the middle judge cry. Make sure you listen through his entire song and what is said after. I love the *connection* he made with the audience….his sincere heart […]

Log-in with Gratefulness

posted by kjackson

I remember when I first realized the power of belief. I found out that what I expected truly did come about: focus makes things happen. At first I was excited with all the possibilities;  I started to imagine a place […]

Hush, Brain!

posted by kjackson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuPO2OYTiWI I  enjoyed this video! I could relate to it on so many levels. I hope it speaks to you, too. First, it is a visual to my thoughts in the blog “How to be Happy”; choosing where my mind […]

An Unlikely Best Friend

posted by kjackson

  This just makes me HAPPY!!! How about you?

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Turn the Radio On
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Miracles in the Midst of Sorrow
I've found there is no logic to how I feel in the middle of grief. I've received huge gifts, and--although I'm thankful for them because they assure me I don't have to make a drastic lifestyle change at the same time that our family has been ...

posted 9:33:07am Dec. 02, 2011 | read full post »

Like a Symphony
Sometimes I actually think :). I like to plan and compare and problem solve. Sometimes I think my way to an answer. Sometimes I make choices based solely on my gut whether the choice seems logical or not. I feel my way to an answer (I use ...

posted 8:08:11am Dec. 01, 2011 | read full post »

Dancing Thankful
People are always saying how it amazes them how I think, wish, pray for something and then it appears. To me this is a normal way of living so it confuses me when they say such things. I wonder, though, if maybe these little miracles aren't ...

posted 7:55:34am Nov. 29, 2011 | read full post »

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