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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.

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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If God Values Us, Why Can’t We Value Ourselves?

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How is God calling you? I’ve just returned from a 3-1/2 day business retreat at the beautiful Inn at Serenbe about 25 miles southwest of Atlanta with fellow participants in The Pink Coattails Mastermind group led by Laura West and Dr. Ellen Britt. It was a time of reflection, introspection, prayer, and rest. The theme […]

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Let’s Go Bananas!

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This is a short, oddball post, but I couldn’t resist sharing this 5-minute video from Dole about how they harvest fresh bananas from the tree and ship them to market. I had no idea about most of this and found it fascinating. “But, Elizabeth,” you might ask, “What the heck does this have to do with […]

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5 Skills Every Artist Needs

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I’m digging back into my Heartspoken archives to find some of the most popular posts and re-run them for those who might have missed them. Three years ago, I welcomed guest blogger and amazing abstract painter Gwen Fox. Gwen and I took a writing class together, and I’ve followed her blog and newsletter ever since. […]

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Do You Have Friends With Quirks? Get A Grip…

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_484_-_Friends_with_Quirks.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome again to Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick! In this 90-second episode from her Consider This Radio Show, Annette reflects on how different we all are and how sometimes, when we have friends with quirks that drive us a little bonkers, it’s good to remember we have our own quirks too. Use the audio […]

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Master Penman/Master Connector Jake Weidmann

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I’m not alone in my love of handwriting! I had no idea there was an organization dedicated to preserving penmanship and handwriting in the world: IAMPETH, the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. I was so excited and impressed to learn about them from the video below (thank you Sandra Charles, innkeeper […]

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Life Is Like A River: Keep It Unpolluted

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As I crossed the low-water bridge on my walk this morning and marveled at the beautiful North Fork of the Shenandoah River, I recalled how different the river looks, depending on the amount of rain we’ve had. It was low today — lazy and meandering. It’s hard to even imagine the ferocity it can display […]

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What A Difference Love Makes!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/381_TheDifferenceLoveMakes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s nothing quite like being in love. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some personal reflections on her own realization that when you love and are loved—at any age—life is sweeter. Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show. This story came together on an afternoon of […]

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Life Is Short: A Benediction

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The following is a benediction, or blessing, given at the closing Eucharist of the 2010 convention of the Diocese of Maine, and based on the words of Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881). It was introduced to our congregation by The Very Rev. Alexander D. MacPhail. I encourage you to memorize it so you can pull it out whenever […]

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Courage To Face Winter

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Reflections on an early fall walk It was 59° that September morning, and there had been a nip of fall in the air for three days. The spiky balls were swelling on the chestnut tree. Squirrels were scampering hither and yon—their activity seemed to be increasing, and I had to wonder if they weren’t responding to some internal urge to begin storing things […]

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