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Congratulations to the Winner

Notes from a Blue Bike Cover_300Georgia Brennecke of Columbia, South Carolina, is the lucky winner of my book giveaway. She'll be getting a book mailed to her from the publicist in Austin, TX. If you missed it, you might still want to see the book review HERE. I used a nifty website called RandomPicker.com to handle the drawing. Here's a screenshot of the drawing results (With Georgia's email whited out). BlueBikeGiveawayResults

In Praise of Courtesy

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“It takes very little these days to stand out from the crowd. Sincere courtesy and simple kindness are like a bright light in a dark room.”     ~  Lydia Ramsey, International business etiquette expert Today is a fifth Monday, which means you get pot luck when it comes to a topic. I often use these […]

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Finding Encouragement Through Fellowship

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Welcome to Cari Bousefield, my guest blogger today at Heartspoken. She reached out to me about guest posting, and after reading some of her writing and sensing the sincerity of her faith, I am honored to have her share some thoughts about the joys and benefits of fellowship in our Christian journey. You can read […]

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How To Make The Birds Love You This Fall

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I love my Bird Watchers Digest and its companion publication Watching Backyard Birds Newsletter. Editor Bill Thompson III can always be counted on for informative, entertaining articles. Last year about this time, he shared several things that bird enthusiasts (and I am definitely one of those!) can do to attract and protect the birds in their area. […]

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Stop Comparing Yourself To Others! A Six Step Plan

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It’s a bad habit In the ongoing journey to understand and connect with ourselves, there’s a habit I’ve certainly wallowed in from time to time, often unconsciously, that seems to be a real bugaboo for most people: the tendency to compare ourselves to others. So what? Isn’t learning from others part of growing and improving? Well, it certainly […]

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8 Ways To Get Past Feeling Misunderstood

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“What we have here is failure to communicate!” The famous movie line from Cool Hand Luke was spoken facetiously by the Captain, a prison warden, to Luke, the young prisoner played by Paul Newman. Perhaps one of the reasons it has stayed so deeply ingrained in our cultural lore is because the failure to communicate is […]

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Prayers For Peace

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My friend Jean Allen Davis recently shared these two beautiful prayers from an out-of-print pamphlet written by The Rev. Alan Houghton. On this 13th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attack in the United States, the threats to world peace are ever-present and frightening. I call on everyone, whatever your religious affiliation, to lift up the […]

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The Effect of Overpopulation On Public Health

This infographic below illustrating the effects of overpopulation on public health is courtesy of MPH Online, the authority for Masters of Public Health degrees.  It was brought to my attention by April Moore of The Earth Connection blog in a post last month. I know this is not my usual fare here at Heartspoken, but […]

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Let’s Talk About Sleep

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Sleep is more than just sweet dreams If you follow me on Facebook,* you know I often post articles and quotes about the importance of sleep. I know getting enough sleep is essential to good health, but it is one of the things I have struggled with for years. I have a hard time letting go of […]

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Heartspoken’s Principles Of Connection

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John C. Maxwell, author of the classic book about connection called Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, began his book with a simple but vivid story. He spoke of being on an overseas phone call during which he was disconnected several times right in the midst of some substantive discussions. The result […]

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Lessons From An Annoying Canaanite Woman

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Christ and the Canaanite Woman ~ c. 1784 by Jean-Germain Drouais (The Louvre) Matthew 15: 21-28  Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus […]

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Over The Moon: Our Amazing Night Light

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Above photo courtesy of Beth Grosvenor Boland What is it about the Moon? From the beginning of time, the Moon has inspired fear, superstition, mystery, inspiration, and love. Cavemen and witch doctors, medicine men and dreamers, bards and poets, writers and spiritualists, astronomers and space engineers…all have been enchanted and drawn into the Moon’s embrace. I still […]

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Two More Stops On The Writing About Writing Blog Tour

Earlier this month, I joined the Writing About Writing blog tour after being invited by Sor’a Garrett, creator of The Shine Connection blog. Part of the process is getting to invite three other bloggers to join the tour and introduce them to my readers. On Monday, I introduced you to Karen R. Sanderson, “The Word Shark.” Today I’m happy to […]

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Book Review and Give-Away: Notes From A Blue Bike

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Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World Written by Tsh Oxenreider, Founder of TheArtofSimple.net I was pitched this book by its publicist and was sufficiently intrigued with the premise to give it a try. I was not disappointed, but its allure was different and stronger than I thought […]

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Next Stop On the Blog Tour: Karen R. Sanderson, “The Word Shark”

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Last week, I joined the “Writing About Writing” blog tour after being invited by Sor’a Garrett, creator of The Shine Connection blog. This week, I will introduce you to three bloggers whom I’ve invited to participate, starting today with Karen R. Sanderson, “The Word Shark.” If you’re new here, be sure to add your name to our email […]

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Children Grow Up And So Do Their Parents

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Introducing the new Consider This Radio Show! Welcome to my guest and friend Annette Petrick, whose Consider This Radio Show has just been re-launched as a brand new website as well as a podcast. Each episode is 90 seconds of inspired wisdom! Click the arrow on the player above […]

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Join Me On The “Writing About Writing” Blog Tour

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How pleased I was to get an invitation from Sor’a Garrett, creator of The Shine Connection blog, to participate in a “Writing About Writing” blog tour. This week, I am asked to answer the questions below on my own blog. A week from now, I will introduce you to three bloggers whom I’ve invited to participate, and […]

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View From The Bench: Late July

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Heartspoken’s View from the Bench series I began this series of posts in late June, 2014, with a goal of teaching myself how to be more observant by exploring a small piece of the world right outside my door at different times of the year. You can do this yourself, whether you live in a country home or a city high rise. I’m […]

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Life Of The Beloved by Henri Nouwen: A Book Review

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BOOK REVIEW: Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen How often do we long for someone to walk beside us, as Jesus did with his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and interpret scripture for us…tell us how to apply it to real everyday lives? We ponder the words from the Bible. […]

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Self Knowledge: How To Uncover The Mystery Of You

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I’ve never been terribly introspective That never bothered me much until I began, already well into my fifties, to explore the power of connection and realize those who seem to be the most centered and happy have invariably done a great deal of inner excavation. They’ve learned to know themselves well and, for the most part, have come to love […]

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What All Have Those Old Trees Seen?

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Please welcome my guest Rick Wilcox, a fellow writer who is certainly a Connection Messenger.* His beautiful reminiscence of the trees in the Texas woods he played in as a child will stir the soul of anyone fortunate enough to have had childhood adventures in and around trees and absorbed their soul-nourishing beauty. _____________________________________________________ I played in those woods […]

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