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I'm re-activating my Facebook group "Revive the Art of Personal Note Writing!" There are millions of people out there who need a little touch of encouragement, inspiration, or comfort that can be provided by a simple note from you in their mailbox. Let's build community around this beautiful way of connecting with others!

God Uses Us Wherever We Are

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Inspired by a song of praise I heard a rich, melodious contralto voice the moment I got out of the car at my aunt’s nursing home about 8:30 yesterday morning. From her wheelchair, a black woman’s song of praise to God filled the morning air from where she sat, just outside the facility’s doors, and lifted the […]

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Memorial Day: A Connection of Remembrance and Gratitude

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Memorial Day: A time to remember our fallen heroes The beginnings of Memorial Day are believed to go back to shortly after the Civil War, May 5, 1868, when Maj. Gen. John A Logan, the head of an organization of Union veterans, established “Decoration Day” as a time to recognize the war dead by decorating their […]

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Rain, Wind, Fire, and Flood…And How They Affect Foods At Your Local Grocery Store

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Dry, parched hills in central California, 2015 (Photos courtesy of the author) Today’s guest blogger, Esther Miller, is also our Nature Connection Messenger.* From her new home in central California, she sees miles of dry, parched hills that have suffered four years of drought, and she reflects on the effect of rain, wind, fire, and flood, and the impact weather in […]

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Habits, Good Or Bad: They Impact Our Happiness

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I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about habits and the role they play in our behavior, primarily because I’m determined to cultivate better health habits and squash as many unhealthy habits as possible during 2015. It’s become crystal clear to me that understanding and knowing myself—connecting with myself, if you will—is critical to having a baseline […]

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Learning To Hear Our Shepherd’s Voice: Jesus, The Good Shepherd – John 10:11-18

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I preached this sermon at two services at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Woodstock, Virginia, on April 26, 2015. I hope it will bless you and expand your thinking on this familiar and much beloved passage of Scripture. A most comforting image Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, and there is probably no other scripture more comforting or more beloved than the […]

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Our Words Matter

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_497.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download I can certainly remember words spoken to me by adults when I was a child. Most were warm and encouraging. Some not so much. My guest  and Connection Messenger * Annette Petrick, creator and host of the Consider This Radio Show, reminds us how much of an impact our words […]

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Organic Gardening…Not Exactly By The Book

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As spring advances, gardeners in Virginia have already started planting their cool weather crops. It seemed the perfect time to bring you this wonderful post by Esther Miller, Connection Messenger* and today’s guest blogger. This delightful reflection about her early experiences with organic gardening appeared originally on her Moments In Time blog, and it is reprinted here […]

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Is Trying To Be Normal Making You Miserable?

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There’s a deep-seated cultural bias towards believing it’s best to be normal. We all carry this bias in one way or another, no matter how exceptional, renegade, or original we might think ourselves to be. It starts as early as pre-school age. Children tease other children relentlessly over features, characteristics, or behaviors they consider abnormal. This makes […]

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How To Teach Our Children To Write Handwritten Notes

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Calling all parents and grandparents! At the risk of stating the obvious, children are not born knowing how to write personal handwritten notes, much less why or when they should think about writing them. Once considered an essential skill by men and women alike—and a treasure trove of vital information and insight into the past […]

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A Prayer In Brokenness

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One of my favorite books of prayers is Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community. The prayers and meditations are based on ancient Christian traditions, and they reflect powerfully and beautifully the ebb and flow of life and all its challenges. It includes two sets of daily readings as well as many wonderful prayers for […]

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Spring: The Elusive Season

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Spring daffodils push up through the dirt in late March in the Shenandoah Valley Welcome to regular guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Esther Miller. Esther has such a gift for taking us right along with her as she observes and appreciates the natural world around her. In spite of the recent snow and continued cold weather, Spring was […]

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When Someone Is Hurting, Just Be There

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/377-Sympathizing.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download We’ve all wanted to comfort someone who was hurting or mourning. My guest Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will equip you well the next time you find yourself in that situation. Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript […]

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Widen The Circle Of Love

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OUTWITTED He drew a circle that shut me out— Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout, But love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in.   ~Edwin Markham The need to be right is so intoxicating and so poisonous. How easily we can be hurt—especially by those we […]

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Notice What’s Right Around You

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I’m convinced the secret to becoming more attuned to the natural world around us is to teach ourselves to notice what’s right within our visual or auditory range at any particular time. One of my favorite writers, Tsh Oxenreider (you may remember my review of her book Notes From A Blue Bike), posted an article […]

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Decluttering isn’t just for closets and inboxes

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This post was originally published in 2012 on Cyndi Briggs’s blog, Letters from Your Wayward Sister. I was honored to have been a guest on her blog.  * * * * * “What I know for sure: Our internal space has to be given the same level of respect and diligent attention as the external.” Oprah […]

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How Winter Is Supposed To Be

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Above: Photo of hills in coastal California taken by the author about a half mile from her home. Welcome to regular guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Esther Miller. Esther has such a gift for taking us right along with her as she observes and appreciates the natural world around her. When we moved to a coastal valley in […]

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Is Becoming Your Best Self The Right Goal?

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I’m still trying figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Don’t laugh! Just because I’m in my mid sixties doesn’t mean I’ve figured it all out. To the contrary, the older I get, the more I’m torn between alluring choices, and the more I realize my best self is a moving target. Life […]

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The Essence Of Love

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_265.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download This guest post by Annette Petrick, the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show (podcast and website), will help you extend the romance of Valentine’s Day all year long! Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below.    […]

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We Are Connected By God’s Amazing Grace

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Negro spiritual music: only the black notes Gospel singer Wintley Phipps, speaking to an audience at Carnegie Hall, told his listeners that just about every Negro spiritual was written using only the black notes of the piano—the pentatonic scale or the “slave scale.” Songs written with this scale by white songwriters were called white spirituals, […]

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You Matter And You Make A Difference

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It began with a simple “Thank you” An online friend, Bea Vanni, was kind enough to leave a lovely message thanking me for sharing an article she enjoyed. “Oh Elizabeth, goddess of a perfect share! Need I say thanks since I’ve elevated you to goddess status,” she wrote. It made me laugh and made my […]

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