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The History and Beauty of an Antique Diamond

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I recently flew home from California with my husband, Shelly, and my dog, Orchid, to share the holidays with our family. My suitcase is filled with loving gifts that I have selected for our grandchildren and my mind is filled […]

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Keeping Up With Myself

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Most days I am like the Sun, bright, energetic, warm, smiling and bigger than life. Then there are those days when I describe myself as falling raindrops, my emotions landing here, there and everywhere. Oh! I long to be the […]

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Marriage Tips: For Better or Worse, But Not for Lunch

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With a retired husband and a growing blog, that well-known saying is the story of my life these days. For those of you grammas with retired husbands, you may feel the same way. I pray that he stays busy all […]

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Being Your Mother’s Daughter

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I feel ageless in attitude. Starting this blog, while challenging, is a testament to me trying new things. I think about my mother, a great-grandmother, when I say this about myself. She is 91 years old! Last year my brother […]

Unleashing Our Hearts Through Dogs

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The word DOG is GOD spelled backward. My dog Orchid is God-like. She is loving, wise and protective. Orchid is like a flower—feminine and beautiful! She is a 40-pound soft-coated longhaired Wheaton Terrier. Most owners of Wheatons cut their dog’s […]

Gramma Good’s Tributes to Mothers

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“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~Author Unknown My core values of honesty, respect for others, truthfulness, being charitable, being a good wife, loyal friend and teacher to my daughters are examples my […]

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I stood in the middle of my kitchen with tears streaming down my face.  In my hands is a Federal Express envelope from Bank of America. Dear Ms. Warrick, We have a new program based on a settlement that was […]

Spirituality of a Garage Sale

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I just completed my second garage sale as I prepare to move into the unknown. I live in Las Vegas, at least for now. I am short selling my home with no idea of where I am going, how I […]

The True Monastic Adventures of A Recovering City Girl

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By Corinna Nicolaou Chapter One In 2005, when I moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest from the San Francisco Bay area, the pace of my daily life came to a screeching halt, but the activity in my […]

Good Without God?

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I have to wonder if I’m not more Christian than I realize—even though I grew up not attending church and have remained “unchurched” as an adult. I accept Jesus’ main teachings on an instinctual level, as do the people to […]

Date With Jesus

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When my best friend Julie and I were 12, she confided in me a painful secret. We were walking home from school and I could sense something was wrong. It wasn’t like her not to tell me everything. Finally she […]

Does Religion Help?

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How is religion supposed to help us? I mean, deep down truly help us? As someone who grew up without it, I’m desperate to figure that out. After months and months of visiting places of worship, I’m beginning to see […]

High on Religion

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In our culture, places of worship—churches or synagogues or temples or mosques—are the locations where religions are learned and practiced. Within those walls, people are building a relationship with God—or, at least, that’s what we’re led to believe. These are […]

Talking to God

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If God is beckoning from my memories, I decide to take a moment to look for Him there. My past is a series of images, a pile of disjointed scraps, not one obviously embossed with the divine. If I piece […]

Add Sweetness to Your Life

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In the land of green tea and tic-tac lunches, Lily finds it odd that there are so many stores lining Main street with calorie-laden goodies. The affluent suburb she lives in is a mecca for over-exercising and under-eating. It’s fashionable […]

A Child’s First Lesson About Evil

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Gavin is seven years old. He’s smart, outgoing, and positively adorable. Jason is Gavin’s dad. He’s smart, outgoing, and adorable too. Jason decided it was time Gavin learned more about what Daddy does when he goes to work. So like […]

Reaching the Spiritual Loner

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“I don’t need religion, I’m spiritual.” Robin was sitting in Barnes and Noble talking a little bit too loud to a younger lady standing next to her. They just finished listening to an author speak about his new book. The […]

Leftover Lies

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There are little white lies, and great big bold-faced lies.  Somewhere in the middle is the kind of lie that Tricia got caught up in.  It started out with good intentions. Tricia and Dick were in New York, on the […]

How Public Should Prayer Be?

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Surely you’ve seen them out in public. At Denny’s holding hands around the table, saying grace before the meal. When you’re at the airport hunting for an outlet, in the corner with heads covered chanting ferociously. They’re praying out loud […]

Enjoying the Annoying People

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Is there someone in your life who knows how to push your buttons? Can he or she make you mad with a single word? You’re not alone. There are tons of infuriating people in this world driving their family and […]

Funny Couples

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Who took the fun out of making fun of somebody? Most people lose their taste for a cheap laugh and opt-out when it comes to embarrassing another person for the sake of a chuckle. Not Chad. He is full speed […]

Life On Your Own Terms

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Six days, six doctors. That’s what Aunt Beryl’s life has become. She’s an old lady but don’t ever let her hear you say it. She’s fighting the clock and hanging on to every dribble of life lubricating estrogen. Her eighty-seventh […]

No Replacement

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Her Dad remarried three years after Mom died. It was painful all around. Her parents had a storybook love affair. Mom was perfect, his new wife is not. When #2 came into their lives, they were sad, hurt, and completely […]

Passion’s Spark

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She has a fear of infidelity. Jen isn’t worried about her husband being unfaithful; she’s worried about herself. It’s completely irrational. Jen and Tom have a great marriage. In seventeen years she has never felt remotely tempted. But she watched […]

360 Degrees of Participation

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She found herself in a very different kind of prayer group than what she was used to. Kay is a quiet kind of pray-er and these women were downright boisterous. As in, AMEN! YOU SAY IT SISTER!! And YESSSSSS – […]

God Squad

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The God Squad takes on evil, fights injustice and upholds the values of the people. Not to be confused with Linc, Pete, and Julie from the Mod Squad, The God Squad rights wrongs through a syndicated column. Not wrongs exactly, […]

Virtuoso

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He’s standing in a D.C. subway station, his hair is messy, and his violin is old. He’s a young fella, playing classical music with intense concentration. He made $32 for forty-five minutes of doing what he loves to do best, […]

Happy Birthday Mrs. Doyle

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Lucinda’s mother was only 9 years old. When we were kids we laughed about her age and thought it was very cool that Mrs. Doyle had a birthday on leap year. The calendar kept her young. What about the rest […]

Starstruck

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis used to watch people’s actions through binoculars because it was the only time she could see people behaving naturally. Just being Jackie caused  anyone who saw her to point and stare. To be sure, celebrity has its […]

Pennies From Heaven Story: In God We Trust

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You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. Here’s a twist on the story: Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend […]

What Cissy Houston Said to Whitney

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A mother loses her child and the world comforts her. Cissy Houston found solace in the prayers of the millions of well wishers and one other very special visitor: Whitney. Here’s what Cissy said to Whitney, “[God] came for you. […]

Red Hot Flashes of Inspiration

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“Every time I get a hot flash, I think it’s God, with something like a cattle prod, inching me closer to Him.” Hmmm…weird. Megan isn’t talking about death by menopause. She’s explaining how a life stage so physical can be […]

Top Ten Questions

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Everyone has their top ten. Top ten greatest movies of all time. Top ten favorite books. Top ten hottest Hollywood hunks. Oh… so not everyone is in on the last one? When it comes to top ten lists, the one […]

Singles Shopping

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“There are more Jews on Match.com than on JDate.” This is not a commercial for Match. Just a fact stated by a single Jewish woman looking for a single Jewish man to love. It’s a Christian thing too. When you […]

Live Your Own Life

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It happened again yesterday. Courtney was at lunch, gabbing with the girls. Her girlfriend Celeste was talking about how hard it’s been for her son to find a job. Lots of nodding heads, we all know how she feels. When […]

What Money Can’t Buy

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Money: It can buy a house, but not a home. It can buy a clock, but not time. It can buy a book, but not knowledge. It can buy medicine, but not health. What else is there that you can’t […]

Rest in Peace Whitney Houston

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They kind of knew each other. They all had a 3:00 standing at the same nail salon. Sandi and Barb were getting their manicures. Karen had her jeans rolled up to the knees and was soaking at the pedicure station. […]

Blessing the Children

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Harley’s family is gathered round the dining room table. This is a special occasion and it’s celebrated weekly in the Kramer household:  It’s the eve of the Sabbath. Harley has three grown sons, Larry, Richard and Bobby. All three boys […]

In Someone Else’s Prayers

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You never know who is including you in their daily prayers, but someone, somewhere, always is. Eva’s banking on it; she’s a prayer junkie. With 22 prayer sites bookmarked, her computer is the Grand Central Station of prayer requests. Her […]

Touching Others Who Seem Untouchable

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Emergency-room personnel transported him to the cardiac floor.  Long hair, unshaven, dirty, dangerously obese and a black motorcycle jacket tossed on the bottom shelf of the stretcher – an outsider to this sterile world of shining terrazzo floors, efficient uniformed […]

The Role of a Friend

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Here’s some background. Kimberly is single and looking for a Mr. Kimberly to make her life complete. She’s a great gal; she’s got looks, smarts, and heart. Emily is her best friend; she’s along for the ride. She listens, advises […]

It’s Not Personal

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Talia came through the door of the church and instantly Dina knew something was wrong. Her posture told the story. Shoulders hunched over, feet shuffling along the ground and her head hung down. Talia tried to smile her way through […]

Valentines and Angels

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Once the super-bowl is over, advertisers turn from beer and cars to chocolate and hearts. It’s a break from the dreariness of winter, to think of love. You look for love, show your love, and appreciate love on Valentine’s Day. […]

Sabbath Your Way

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She’s a crafty one. Not in the sly like a fox kind of way; but creative, like Martha Stewart. Pauline loves to make things. She spends her free time refinishing yard sales finds, crocheting and planning a dinner party—with place […]

Loving Differently

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They have been together for twenty-five years, most of them happy. But it wasn’t until Chuck got sick, that Nina discovered how much she loved him. It started out innocently enough: A persistent cough, enough to be annoying…but not alarming. […]

Bus Story

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Jenar is a teenager who lives on the south side of Chicago.  He’s 6’3, 270 pounds. Remember these stats, you’ll need them later on in the story.  It was early one Friday morning and he was riding the #36 bus […]

Your Money or Your Life

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“Look, bud, I said ‘Your money or your life.‘” Jack Benny, the legendary tightwad pauses and says, “I’m thinking it over.” Great gag! It would be tough to find anyone who would seriously consider choosing money over his or her […]

Words With Attitude

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Can you name a popular office game played in cubicles and conference rooms? If you guessed pop-a-shot, where crumpled up paper lands efficiently in the farthest garbage can… you’re only partially correct. Here’s a hint: Hipsters vs Honchos. Still don’t […]

Big Babies

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If you treat a sick child as an adult and a sick adult as a child, it usually works out pretty well. That’s how it goes in the May household. “Buck up!” is the mantra Karen May repeats when one […]

Working for the Weekend

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There may be a generation gap as wide as the Grand Canyon. But one thing Sue Ellen and her children agree on: everybody’s working for the weekend. Sound familiar? Then you’re of a certain age, can hum the tune, and […]

Loving With Passion

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When Bonnie first met Liz she was in awe. Never before had she known anyone so much in love as her new friend. Great big love! Not the kind of “Big Love” hijacked by HBO for a T.V. show. But […]

God’s Gift So Grand

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Warning – Explicit language (thoughtfully) used! She figured if she bought it at Bloomingdale’s, she could talk about it… orgasm. Orgasm is the hottest selling color in the NARS line of cosmetics. Imagine the discussion when a plucky marketing maven […]

Short Prayer for Healing

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“Lacey Horwitch’s mother feels like she doesn’t have time to pray.” Lisa was sitting in her car Sunday morning, reading the paper and killing time until 11:30 when her youngest would be ready to be picked up from basketball practice. […]

Balygon

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How do you control the tears? You get a phone call at work, “come quickly, your mother is ill.” Another time, you show up at the office clearly distraught, your daughter is moving in with her no-goodnick boyfriend. Your co-workers […]

Dumb Things She Does

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You know you do it. Neglect to write down that appointment and miss it. Dumb. Lose that phone number in a messy pile of papers on your desk. Dumb. Forget to file that report. Dumb. Dumb, dumb, and dumber. Harry […]

What Does Amen Mean?

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“Ahem” (sound of throat clearing) “’Amen’ does not mean ‘truth’ it means ‘trust.’” Oopsie. After all, Nellie is a volunteer Sunday school teacher. She’s not expected know everything! The Pastor overheard her answering the question of a young girl who […]

Turning it Off

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“This is why I don’t like to watch T.V.” Olivia was practically shouting to her husband as she watched yet another political commercial she’s seen umpteen times before. Commercials are bad enough, (unless they’re funny) but the commercials for political […]

Feeling Blue

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It used to be blue, but now it’s blah. The little loops from the terry cloth have worn down and now they’re flat, just like her. Blah, worn down and flat. Paula resembles her old bathrobe, the one she spends […]

Loving Ms. Not Good Enough

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It was one line that redeemed the book from being utter crap to something worth reading. Tony was the central character. He was dating Veronica, a moody and complicated girl.  The first time he met her family, the mother caught […]

How She Does It

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“I don’t know how she does it.” Lillianne is not talking about the best-selling book turned movie with Jessica Sarah Parker as a super-working mom. She’s talking about her sister Serena. With a touch of sibling rivalry and a touch […]

God Spoke to Dr. King

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It was nighttime and Dr. King placed the phone down after receiving another death threat. “Listen, n#!!@r, we’ve taken all we’re gonna from you, before next week you’ll be sorry.” He got up out of bed and went into the […]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Sondra didn’t like the tone of this conversation at all. First of all, it was the Sabbath and Robert was grumbling. “My kids decided to join another church nearby, not ours.” Ever cheerful, and with complete sincerity, Sondra replied, “That’s […]

Rocky & Daddy

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Rocky was only 4 when his Daddy went to jail. They were inseparable up till then. He went to work with him every day, slept in his bed and followed him everywhere. Rocky was tough, like his Hollywood movie namesake, […]

Suburban Traveler

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She pretended she didn’t live in suburbia. She’s an urban kind of gal, but somehow ended up 60 minutes by commuter train from the glamor of the big city. Better schools, bigger house for the buck and a long list […]

To the Rescue

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Say, have you heard the one about Jose, the fisherman who is desperate to provide for his family? He takes his boat out on a dark and stormy day. A hurricane comes in and Jose finds himself stranded on a […]

iprayers

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“You know what I see? An Internet bubble just waiting to happen.” That’s what Glenda said after hearing about another stupid idea for a mobile app. This one allows you to scan the bar code on a child’s toy, and […]

Complaint Department is Open

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Ualani did an eye roll. Her co-worker, the one who blogs about scented candles, was going on and on about how her husband is her “best friend.” Ualani thought to herself, “If her husband is her best friend, then who […]

Thank You God, for my Best Friend

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There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t thank God for my best friend. I can’t imagine life without her. We have great conversations sprinkled with brilliance, insight and witty observations. There are those who think it’s just […]

Be Good

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1 of 4 NEXT  → It was November a couple hours after school let out. You know how it gets that time of year—darkness comes early. Vicky remembers sneaking into her house with a great big guilty secret. She just […]

Do Nothing

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She’s always getting ready for nothing. Harriet is the busiest person on the planet and yet no one understands what it is she actually does. Her son Michael remembers his childhood and the loneliness of being Harriet’s kid. He hated […]

Boob Cancer

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She’s got boob cancer.  Her words not mine. Michelle has a sense of humor when it comes to her recent diagnosis. Heck, she’s a funny straight shooter when it comes to life in general; she’s not going to let breast […]

Bungee Baby

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“I wanted to do something adventurous, so I went to a shopping mall in a different neighborhood.” Woo-hoo, talk about thrills! She ignored the sarcasm and went on with her story. “In the north court by J.C. Penny I look […]

Job Over

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Creeping quietly into her thoughts was a shameful little idea. Maybe it started at 5:30 a.m. on the Wednesday, when the wind chill index registered 27 below. It was her first trip that morning to start the car and let […]

Grammy Explains God

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Christopher looked up at his Grammy with big brown eyes and said, “What’s God?” Grammy Jean was stumped. Jean knows God, she loves God, she worships God. But she could not explain God to a four year old. “Uh, God […]

Conversation Among Friends

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“I know it’s nit-picky, but the actual quote is, ‘If you build it HE will come.’” Marnie is talking about an article she read in the NY Times about a new invention that there’s no known use for. She’s disgusted […]

All That Matters in Memes

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6 of 6 ← PREVIOUS All That Matters in Memes Every day I tell my son, “Always do the right thing.” Hackneyed mom wisdom? Sure. But is it a meme? Probably not. I think if I had to sum up […]

What’s a Meme?

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1 of 6 NEXT → When my son has a birthday, it’s his custom, to exploit it for all it was worth.  When he was twelve he said, “It’s a big one, Ma! Have you looked at the calendar? Huh? […]

Losing it for the Lord

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In addition to all of her other problems, Clarice is overweight. She calls herself fat, with no self-disrespect, just a critical and honest eye. She’s been fat her whole life. When you hear Clarice talk about it you begin to […]

Time to Dream

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Is there a dream in your heart, something you’ve always wanted to do? Do you have a dream, but you won’t let that dream live? Imagine the heights you will reach. Resurrect the dream in your heart… enter dreamland. In […]

One New Year’s Resolution for Everyone’s List

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It’s the mother lode of all resolutions: The one thing you can do in the year ahead that will positively bring change to your life. This resolution changes attitude, changes actions and gets results that you never thought possible. What […]

Resolution Revolution

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Resolved: I will not be making any New Year’s resolutions this year. When you think about it, it makes sense. Why should a tick in the calendar make any difference in our lives? If it wasn’t a priority yesterday, what […]

Loving Generously

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“For me, I could tell because of my library book.” Colleen told Mary. They were having a conversation about an eye-opening article in the NY Times Magazine, “The Generous Marriage.” Colleen knows she has a good marriage. Mary… not so […]

Snow White

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My two year old daughter and I are both major Disney movie junkies. Anything with a tiara and poofy ball gown, and we’re spell bound. The more cheesy the music, the better. It’s mother-daughter bonding at its most obnoxious, and […]

Spiritual Maturity

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One of the many things no one tells you about getting older is that it’s such a nice change from being young. You see, being young is exciting, but being old is comfortable. Ask Laurie who is delighted that she […]

Shades of Gray

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She is gray. Her hair is greasy and gray. Her down coat is filthy and gray. And the cup she’s constantly shaking is gray too. The homeless woman who set up shop on the sidewalk to the right of the […]

3 Ways to Keep a Year-long Holiday Spirit

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What happens when the excitement winds down and everything is back to normal? For Barb, normal is unacceptable. You know her type; she starts planning Halloween in July. By December 26th she’s already been in her craft closet pulling out […]

Christmas Babies

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Shortly after I was born, my mother wrote the following words: “Dearest Lori: When I look at you, it’s like looking into a mirror, only the reflection is pure innocence untainted by the worldliness and all the evils of the […]

How Silently, How Silently

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“What’s your favorite Christmas song?” When I am asked this question, I usually over-answer. I break it down into categories. How can I help it? How do you compare “Merry Christmas, Baby” to “Someday at Christmas?” And so, as the […]

The Real Story

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At the risk of sounding all “bah humbug,” Evie was trying to explain to a Christian friend about the ancient history of the holiday season.  She started with Hannukah, the Jewish holiday of light that falls in December and lasts […]

Values Based Giving

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Mandy is looking for a Christmas present for her Dad. He’s not easy, in more ways than gift giving. He’s a stickler for “learning the value of a dollar,” a lesson which still hasn’t sunk in after hearing it for […]

I’ll Pray for You

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The yoga class was over. It’s a small studio in Bloomfield Hills, an affluent suburb just outside of Detroit. Six exhausted women were in various stages of getting ready to leave. Three were cleaning their mats, one was putting on […]

Better Than Santa

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1 of 10 NEXT → We do love a great symbol, don’t we? Whether it’s Santa, a menorah or a color combination that says “Celebrate!” It’s worth taking a second look at the meaning behind the message: Don’t forget the […]

Small Stuff

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I sometimes have this sinking suspicion that God hates me. You know the feeling, you’re at a party, forced to talk to that woman you don’t like and every time she says you look great in that particular shade of […]

Happiness Makers

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You threw some coins in the Salvation Army kettle.  You and your grocery cart stepped aside for the Mom behind you in line with her cranky kid. You spent a couple of hours with great-aunt Mildred shopping for brassieres. Good […]

Spread Light This Advent Season

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We’re in Advent season. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Advent, it is the Christian celebration in preparation for the Advent of the King, the coming of Christ on Christmas day. Traditionally, it is a time of penitence, preparing yourself […]

Stop Pop.

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He is a brown-skinned visitor from Indonesia. He has a slight build, one you would expect from an Asian.  Adi came to America to attend MIT; he has a knack for programming. Adi told Linda, his new friend from Boston, […]

Boomer Business

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He’s always male and very young. He’s a loner and he dropped out of school. You see him in the news. You take one look at his sweet little baby face and you think, “that could be my son.” You’re […]

Madam Walker

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The first known African-American woman to become a self-made millionaire was Madam C.J. Walker. In only fifteen years she built an empire that found the antidote for bad-hair days.  Her company made hair products that had never before been introduced […]

What’s Sabbath For?

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There’s a constant murmur among the crowd. Suppose you were close enough to a swarm of bees, you’d probably be hearing something similar. Except that this swarm is praying. They’re speaking Hebrew at a very fast pace in an undertone […]

When Love Won’t Die

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They loved each other as much as any two people could. Gail and Geri were first cousins, named after the same grandmother. Gail was the funny one. She could make anyone laugh with a single word, or only a glance, […]

If the World Was a Village

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When you were young, your world was only the one side of the block you lived on. That is until you were old enough to cross the street, ride your bike around in your neighborhood, take the bus, and ultimately […]

4 Ways to Practice Mindful Indulgence

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December is the month notorious for celebration. Holidays and the end of another work year set the stage for parties and family get-togethers. Food, booze and sweets are plentiful. It’s tough to stay in the healthy-living mode with so much […]

Faith at Work

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Prayer snobs. They’re all over the place. In fact you too may be snobby about who and what you pray for.  David W. Miller is an expert on faith. He talks about prayer snobbery in his book; God at Work: […]

Purpose Centered Living

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If you count on something outside of yourself to turn on passion, purpose and joy, then something else will be able to turn it off.  Understand that your purpose is within, awaiting your invitation to appear.  It is a gift […]

Marrying Two Loves

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He had two loves, the woman he was about to marry and his love for God. While Zack’s fiancé was busy planning their wedding, he got busy and planned the marriage. Zack was determined that God be included on the […]

What to Talk About

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Good advice isn’t always easy to come by. Yet there’s a bit of wisdom Diane relies on every time she goes shopping: “If it would look good in a children’s size 6X or a woman’s size 16, it’s probably not […]

It’s OK to Pray With Eyes Open

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“Come on down here with me, baby girl.” I would walk on hot coals for my Grandmother, so getting down on my knees with her at bedside was no problem at all.  She wanted to make sure that, at 6, […]

Anger De-Cluttered

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2 0f 8 ←BACK • NEXT→ ONE. Anger –Understand it. Juanita knows that anger comes from hurt. She gets to the root of the matter by dealing with the real issue that caused the hurt in the first place. She […]

Symbols of Faith

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Compassion, mercy and unconditional love. Kwan Yin is an energy presence, or goddess, symbolizing these three virtues. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Lynn, an acquaintance who was wearing a lovely necklace fashioned from a circle of jade. […]

No Going Back to the Way it Was

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“The way it was.” You probably hear a lot of talk these days about the way it was when jobs were plentiful and wages were high. Sigh… When will it ever be the way it was again? Uh, possibly, never. […]

Finding Wonder in Flight

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Katherine loves to travel. She thrives on the excitement of discovering new places and removing herself from the ordinary routine of everyday life. Despite her sense of adventure, she was never a big fan of flying— until something changed her […]

Thanks Be to God

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Maybe you remember making the turkey pictures, where you traced your hand and colored in a bird. It’s possible you have a picture from your own kids, who continued the tradition in their own art projects. It’s easy to see […]

Something Missing?

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Does there seem to be something missing from your life?  Is there something missing that no material possession or personal achievement can bring you?  This something could very well be your participation in close and empowering communion with God. If […]

You Can Afford It

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Tithing fascinates Wendy. So would having a savings account and discretionary income to spend. Unfortunately, Wendy is broke. No dinero, nada, zip, nothing. She has friends who tithe large sums of money to their church, and they have savings accounts […]

What’s Hiding in Your Holiday Plans?

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I had contraband in my suitcase: Twelve knives, and frankly— they were not clean. Going through security at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, my suitcase was opened and TSA found my dirty little secret. Tablecloth, good silverware and a gravy boat. We […]

Knucklehead Parenting

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They see you at your worst – in the morning, with your glamorous Bedhead Bouffant; in the afternoon, when the remote isn’t cooperating, so you throw it against the wall; in the evening, when you’re telling the same boring story […]

Your Calling

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I don’t have a bountiful womb. Or maybe I do. The point is I’m not hell bent on finding out. I’ve wanted to write since I was twelve-years-old. It’s never been a choice of whether I wanted to or not. […]

Donkey Chronicles

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It was a simple request that turned complicated. I received an email from Carolyn, an author who has a book to promote. “I have written a book which has just gone to print. It was given to me in a […]

Being Religious, Being You

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She was running in for a frozen yogurt. Her car was parked a few feet from the doorway. As she reached for the storefront handle, she caught a glimpse of a woman, who was over-dressed for a warm sunny day. […]

Facing Diabetes With Gratitude

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Is it be possible to celebrate holidays without the focus being food? “Sacre Bleu!” As Pepe LePew would say. Yes, it’s shocking to imagine the Thanksgiving holiday without the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes or the pumpkin pie. But for […]

Elmo’s Got Talent

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Sesame Street’s little red guy – the beloved Elmo, is a 6-foot tall black man named Kevin Clash. He’s worked his mojo to become rich and famous. Kevin is a clear example of someone who has talent, used it as […]

Funny Christians

posted by Prayables

“I believe teenagers are God’s revenge on mankind. One day God is looking down over his creation and says to himself, ‘Hey, let’s see how they like it to create someone in their own image who denies their existence.’” – […]

Why Do We Yawn?

posted by Prayables

How to stop a yawn: “Clench your jaw, and keep your mouth closed.” I came across this tidbit of etiquette in Meg Cabot’s wonderful book series; “Princess Diaries.” Grandmere was teaching princess-in-training Mia Thermopolis, how to behave at public functions. […]

Praying With Playing Cards

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Maybe you’ve gotten an email that starts something like this: “A young soldier was in his bunkhouse all alone one Sunday morning in Afghanistan…” It goes on to tell the story of a soldier who gets chewed out by his […]

What You Can Do to Take Control

posted by Prayables

I started a writer’s workshop in my area last night. It’s actually the same writer’s workshop I had started right before getting pregnant but then life smacked me around a bit and I was too busy changing diapers to worry […]

Believe It – A Prayer for Abundance

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Make a decision today, to be debt-free, and receive a life of abundance. Pray for it, plan for it, and make it happen. Consider the prayer of Jabez: “Dear God, bless me and expand my territory! Let Your hand be […]

F’ing Up: Lifestyle Freedom

posted by Prayables

You don’t need to be fixed; you just need to be free. Let me repeat that…you don’t need to be fixed you just need to be free. You must not and will not let anyone, anything, any thoughts confine, define […]

Blowing Smoke

posted by Prayables

If you’re over forty-ish, you probably weren’t that shocked to see the latest video to go viral. We remember the time when we would turn on our T.V.’s  and see celebrities, newscasters and even political figures, blowing smoke. Egads! I […]

Vivid Dreaming

posted by Prayables

Joseph had a dream, where stalks of wheat bowed down to him. Telling his brothers about his nocturnal drama got him in one great big heap of trouble. But we all know— it turned out just fine in the end. […]

Faltering Faith

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Do you ever have a day when you’re just not that into God? In the harsh glare of reality, the One who looked so hot when you were all happy and having fun, looks like yesterday’s leftovers now that you’re […]

Picture of Health

posted by Prayables

What does God look like? We conjure up pictures in our mind of a Creator we can see, feel and touch. Artists depict God in human form, ethereal cloud and sometimes using only brush strokes of vivid color. But never, […]

Serenity Prayer: We’ve Got You Covered

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Karaoke is when regular people, like you and me, sing our hearts out, by reading the lyrics over background music to favorite songs. Picture your Aunt Edith rocking out to the head-banging Bohemian Rhapsody, and you get the picture. There […]

Greater Purpose of Self-Indulgence

posted by Prayables

I don’t know why it’s so easy to assume God is a sloppy manager, standing silently with His arms crossed and waiting for confused workers to guess His priorities.  What seems more likely—especially when I think about it—is the idea […]

Chrislam, Conservadox and Other Oxymorons

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Look at it this way: there’s a great big hodge-podge of religious beliefs, bumping up against one another, each catching the religious residue of its neighbor. Chrislam, Conservadox, and Cashews are just some of the oxymorons that make up this […]

Conditional Belief

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Carmen was ticked off, and she earned it, illness, delinquent child, drunken husband, and unemployment. You name it, if it’s bad, it happens to Carmen. She wasn’t coping well. One of Carmen’s methods to address her misfortune was to talk […]

24 Hour Challenge

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A lot happens in twenty-four hours. Babies are born, healing happens and somewhere, two people fall in love. Think about the past twenty-four hours in your own life. Have you felt joy, did you laugh, have you recognized God’s miracles? […]

Flipping the Faith Switch

posted by Prayables

I think light and dark are in each of us and we can tap into either avenue at any point in time. When I was expecting my son years ago, I prayed every day: “Please give me a happy, healthy, […]

Healing Power of Dr. God

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If you are in need of healing, know that God, your Creator, is the great healer. What can you do when you are confronted with disturbing reports or symptoms of ill health?  You can refuse to give consent to them.  […]

Dwelling in a House of Riches

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Wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Three wonderful words that can lead to financial security; a three step process. What’s does your blueprint look like for financial success? Is your plan for riches based on something extraordinary happening? Are you searching for […]

Wait No More

posted by Prayables

I am starting a Procrastination Rally. “The roof, the roof is on fire, and we don’t need no water. Let the procrastinator’s excuses burn. Burn down long to-do lists. Burn information hoarders. Burn time wasters. Burn baby burn!” We miss […]

Answered Prayers for Gilad Shalit

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What happens the day after a prayer is answered? You go from hope to certainty, petition to gratitude. The Shalit family is celebrating the return of their beloved Gilad after more than five years in captivity. He was a teenager, […]

Finding Money Love

posted by Lakesha Gadson

Women want security: Lots of it, and all kinds.  We want the security of a loving partner. The security of knowing the people we love are safe.  The security of a relationship with God. Our desire for security is rooted […]

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