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In Others’ Words: Looking for the Good Stuff

In Others’ Words: Looking for the Good Stuff

What are you looking for today? Me? I’m looking for the good stuff. The good people. The good actions. The good interactions. Kindness. Patience. Smiles. Acts of grace. Laughter.   That kind of good stuff. And then I’m going to praise that goodness. I’m going to say “thank you” out loud. I’m going to smile back. I’m going to hug someone. I’m goi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Active Patience

In Others’ Words: Active Patience

hey I spent part of Sunday evening at the Olympic Training Center watching the awards ceremony for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship, where the U.S.A. Men’s Volleyball took the gold medal. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the upper part of the gymnasium wall decorated with quotes. QUOTES. While we waited for the ceremony to start, I alternated between taking pictures of t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Serious Business of Joy

In Others’ Words: The Serious Business of Joy

I often expect to find joy here. Now.  And then I’m reminded that joy is other-worldly. Oh, sure, we can catch glimpses of joy in our lives here on earth. As we love and are loved by others. And I always, always hear echoes of joy in the laughter of children. But the love and grace and forgiveness of God provides joy that lasts longer than today or tomorrow. And there are days … many o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Small Joys

In Others’ Words: Small Joys

Just for today, let’s set aside the word “goal,” shall we? Just for today, let’s also set aside the word “happiness.” (Although I had an interesting discussion about happiness while I was in Breckenridge this past weekend. Another blog post.) Small joys. I want to talk with you all about small joys.  So often I laser in on the goal — whatever goal I think ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Redefining Failure

In Others’ Words: Redefining Failure

Failure used to scare me — the thought that I would attempt something and not succeed. And because I was afraid of failing, I said no to a lot of things. Why try something if I couldn’t guarantee success? If there’s one thing my writing journey has taught me, it’s that I’m going to experience times of success … and I’m also going to experience times of fai... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

When I was younger, I thought there was only one way my heart could be broken. I blame my limited thinking on all the Harlequin romances I read as a teenager — and back then, Harlequins were quite innocent. Years later, I know a person’s heart can be broken for many different reasons: the end of a relationship — think of a romance or a treasured friendship or a family relationshi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Take Another Look

In Others’ Words: Take Another Look

My husband and I delved into photography the past few years. You can credit our interest to a couple of different things. The first would be this blog. Yes, this blog is all about quotes, but I pair the quotes with images, preferably my own. And now, whenever my husband Rob goes snowshoeing or backpacking or fishing, he takes along a camera and promises, “I’ll bring back some photos fo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who’s Got a Secret?

In Others’ Words: Who’s Got a Secret?

The women’s fiction series I’m writing? One of the themes is secrets.  The funny thing is, I’m not a fan of secrets. I’m not saying I’ve never had secrets. I’m just saying I don’t like harboring them. If asked, I would say growing up has meant realizing how damaging secrets can be and recognizing the need to reveal them — in the proper way and at the... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Where are You?

In Others’ Words: Where are You?

  Life is a mixture of making plans and embracing surprises, isn’t it?  Sometimes we succeed in navigating the roadmap clutched in our hands. Other times, we follow a detour or willingly toss the map aside and jaunt off on an unknown adventure. At the end of the day, we discover ourselves on a road we never thought we’d travel, oftentimes a long way from where we ever expected to ... Read More »

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