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Stack of envelopes tied with string You know that stash of special letters you've tucked away?

I'm collecting examples of letters or notes that have impacted people's lives to include in a book I'm writing. If you have one you're willing to share, please scan and email it to me: elizabethc (at) heartspoken (dot) com, along with any explanation and your name, city, and state -- or it can be anonymous if you prefer. If you'd rather send it by mail (and I'd love to get a handwritten note from you!), send to Heartspoken, P.O. Box 81, Maurertown, VA 22644.

Happy 100th Birthday, Uncle Edmund!

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ABOVE: Dr. Edmund R. Taylor and his wife Mary in 2007 My uncle, Dr. Edmund Rhett Taylor, was born in March, 1916, and is married to my father’s sister Mary. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday in Columbia, South Carolina, surrounded by hundreds of family members and friends, honoring him for a life of service […]

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The National Park System: 100 Years Of Nature, History, and America’s Stories

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Mountain view from Shenandoah National Park Happy 100th Birthday, NPS! In 1916, when the National Park Service (NPS) was created (through the National Park Service Organic Act, during President Woodrow Wilson’s administration) to manage America’s parks and historic sites, there were only 14 national parks and a few national monuments, and they weren’t all managed […]

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Is Connection Getting Easier or Harder?

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_453.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDigital technologies have given a whole new meaning to the word Connection. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick has embraced many of these as much as I have, but in this 90-second episode, she offers a gentle reminder of some old-fashioned connection tools that will never go out style. Use […]

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Antidote For Despair

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May this imagery and poem feed your soul, as it does mine: The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down […]

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Your Life List: Have You Written It?

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Bucket List vs. Life List Ever since the movie, The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I’ve struggled to make a list of what I want to do with whatever time I have remaining on this earth. Most people I’ve asked seem to include places they want to go or things they want to […]

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When Old Is Made New!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_612.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere are so many rich and wonderful ways to connect with others. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick, shares a recent experience that started with a simple decluttering project and ended up touching the lives of several other women who were thrilled to have the professional clothing Annette no longer […]

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Never Forget What You Can Do

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Inspired by the poem “Famous” Never forget what you can do. That message is inspired by the poem Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye. Here are excerpts that most spoke to me: The river is famous to the fish. The loud voice is famous to silence, which knew it would inherit the earth before anybody said so. I […]

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Want To Be Happier And Healthier? Try Natural Décor

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I’m pleased to welcome Megan Wild as my guest Connection Messenger* this week. I’ve written so much about the joy of connecting with nature outdoors, but I thought Megan’s approach to bringing nature indoors and incorporating plants into our décor was worth sharing. I love that she included links to studies that support the reasons we […]

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What’s Your Biggest Regret?

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I was deeply touched by this short (3-minute) video below — a simple experiment on a city sidewalk that gave passers-by the opportunity to write down their biggest regret. I shouldn’t have been surprised that in most cases—almost all cases—it was something they didn’t do, not something they did do. Of course that got me […]

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Can You Say Thank You Too Often? No!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_489.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou know how strongly I feel about gratitude and its power in connecting us with the others. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will remind you of some simple thank you’s you can express right now. Use the audio player above to listen to […]

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Money Issues? How to Look for Evidence of God’s Abundance

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It is always an honor to introduce a new Connection Messenger* to Heartspoken.com. Today’s guest writer is Jane Pollak, a remarkably talented, genuine, and deeply spiritual woman, whose book Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur first confirmed my belief in a holistic approach to business. We bring our whole selves to our business […]

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Joy Sightings* After The Winter Storm

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We need to immerse ourselves in the outside world, even when the weather’s cold or rainy. Bundled up, I enjoyed being out when the snow was falling so hard — it’s like being in a different world. So quiet…so peaceful! These notes were dictated from a walk I took on Sunday, January 24, 2016, the […]

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Love A Tree: Connect With Nature

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Welcome to my guest author and Connection Messenger*, Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, Creativity Coach and Dream & Tarot Intuitive. Our connection with nature is an important part of our physical and spiritual health, and I loved the way Paula captured that in this post. Enjoy, and please let us know in the comments below if you’ve ever […]

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The Connection Of Old Things

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_434.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe usually discuss connection in the context of the present, but today my guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares an experience of being with her engineer fiancé when he found himself drawn to a very old book at an auction. Turns out, it connected him not only to the book’s writer 200 […]

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It’s January—Time To Get Real!

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Bloggers get real about New Year’s Resolutions Most of the good bloggers I follow are writing about New Year’s resolutions—how to make them, how to keep them, how many you should make, and even more effective alternatives to the traditional resolutions. Here are three of the best articles I’ve read so far this year, and they […]

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Your Personal Christmas Touch

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_512-Christmas.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you love the Christmas season and find happiness and joy during the holiday festivities, it’s almost inconceivable to learn how many others don’t share your sentiments. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick speaks honestly about how we might be sensitive to others during the holidays and offer a […]

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Faith Is Like Swaddling Cloths

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Welcome to Connection Messenger* and today’s guest blogger, Lisa Mikitarian, who writes beautiful and compelling articles about living out her faith in real life. This delightful and thought-provoking post appeared originally in December 2014 on Lisa’s blog. It is reprinted here with her permission. The subheadings are added by this editor. The comfort of swaddling My […]

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Look Up From That Smartphone! Life Is Passing By…

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I’m trying to unplug from my smartphone and computer…I really am. But it’s hard. The damned things are addictive. Like any addiction, it saps energy and time from things that are far more important, like the other people in my life. I’m not one who thinks technology is totally bad for authentic connection in life. I have embraced […]

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Christmas Spirit: Bring It On!

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http://www.heartspoken.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/390-Cmas-spirit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick must have heard how grumpy I was when Christmas music started blaring in the stores in October. In this episode from her Consider This Radio Show, Annette reflects on Christmas Spirit and when it begins for her. Use the audio player above to […]

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Gratitude: The Secret Sauce In The Recipe For Happiness

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton Many have tried to define happiness, but the definition would vary with each of us. The older I get, however, the more I believe gratitude is at the heart of anyone’s definition of happiness. It’s […]

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