5 Ways For Moms To Have Manners In A World of Technology

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Power of Appreciation

How often do we find ourselves appreciating someone, or thing after we have lost them or it has left? If we’re truthful, probably too often. We’re focussed on the task of getting something done, achieving to our potential, doing our best, giving it our all and we grapple with so much along the way. If the task has taken effort and energy the final outcome can be an anti-climax. We’ve expended so much in the getting there we haven’t taken time to enjoy, appreciate, or focus on the journey … and then it’s gone....more

Teacher Appreciation Gift

Many of us are just glad school is out.  No more rushing around in the mornings, no more making sure there is enough food in the fridge for cold lunches, no more homework!  But there is one thing left to do, and that is saying, "Thank you" to the teachers who have nurtured our children while at school.  Those who may have put band aides on or let the "I can't find it" slide just this once.  Let's give them some appreciation for their hard work so when they come back to school in the fall, they have some renewed gusto to give 100% to the new students.   ...more

Heroes Through Courageous Acts

Wow! I’m impressed! As I continue to hear my friend’s story my thoughts turn to OMG, then outrage, and then compassion. Her story weaves and turns like the good storyteller that she is. In the story she shares a piece of her life that encompasses the seductiveness of power, the climax, and the heroine walking away scarred, yet intact....more

2007 Poem of Thanksgiving

I'm a journalist in both senses of the word - I write for magazines and newspapers but I also write everyday in a journal. I have them going back decades. Each morning, coffee cup in hand, I write in my journal and then read RBC Ministeries 'Our Daily Bread' devotional.  Weekends or when there is time or reason, I write more.  Last year there were three 2013 volumes....more

The Importance of Receiving Appreciation

Mike Robbins...more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 1/5/14

Nothing can keep you in the moment like a dose of gratitude. Participation in the linkup gives me a place to be accountable to my gratitude. It's a way for me to publicly share this gratitude, as well.With the gratitude linkup, I can take a moment, any moment in time, and really stop. Stop and say thanks to whatever powers that be, wherever my Higher Power might be lovingly watching and caring for me and my family.So, here are the things I'm grateful for today:...more

Is the Sun Shining or Is it Cloudy and Pouring?

© Lily Chang. All rights reserved. I have had plenty of gray and dreary days in my life lately....more

A Month to Give Thanks

In less than a month, many of us will sit down at a table of family and friends and share a meal in celebration of Thanksgiving. But what if we strived to do a little extra. What if we told one person "thank you" each day between now and Thanksgiving. What kind of impact do you think that would have?...more

The Particulars of Peonies...

I'm positively passionate about peonies...soft pinks, vibrant fuchsias, creamy whites, and even orange... it possesses the all-consuming beauty of a rose, but a rose that's gone wild and let her hair down......more