Nature Inspires Creativity and Relaxation

July 31, 2014

Today I am sharing a handful of the many photos I have been taking with my  camera phone. As I consider the list of activities that help me relax, nature shows up in a lot of them. Meditating outdoors. Taking a walk. Napping on the screened porch.  Being by a body of water, whether it’s an ocean, a pond, […]

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Gift Guide for Making Memories

February 13, 2014

The inspiration for this post came from a passage in a book one of my colleagues recently published. Robert Wall’s eBook is entitled Escaping “Giftmas”: Getting Right-Side-Up about Gifts in an Upside-Down Holiday Culture. When I first bought the book, I was browsing the table of contents, where “Addendum: Valentine’s Day” caught my eye. “The gift […]

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Gifts from the Heart

December 19, 2013

  What I’m offering today isn’t anything new. Rather, you will find a sprinkling of ideas to spark your own creativity as you think of the dear ones on your gift list – at any time of the year.   Whether you have very little money or plenty of it, thoughtfulness and simplicity are always in style.   […]

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Bits of Magical Childhood Christmases: More Love Revealed

December 12, 2013

  Looking back at your childhood, does it seem Christmas times were more . . . . festive or magical or fun than now? I was thinking about this recently, and I decided to investigate my recollections of my first ten or so years.     Then I remembered an idea of a gift exchange my […]

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Happiness in Life: Photography

July 12, 2013

~ * ~ This summer I have discovered another source of happiness – taking photos. With my smart phone, no less. Several weeks ago, I commented to a friend that one day I would like to take a basic photography course. While reading Tammy Strobel’s blog two days later, I was tickled to discover […]

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