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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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How To Sing The Servant Song

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The holiness of servitude The word servant has long been used in Christian spiritual teaching to describe Christ’s attitude to us and to portray the way Christ taught us to be towards others. Now the word is becoming popular in business circles as we talk about “servant leadership” and “servant mindset.” Holy Scripture is steeped […]

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A Prayer For Our Country On July 4

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From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, thought to be written originally by George Lyman Locke (1835-1919), a Rhode Island minister. ________________________ For Our Country Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove  ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless […]

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“The Trade” by Karen R. Sanderson

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Today’s post was written by my friend Karen R. Sanderson. She is a fellow writer, an outstanding editor, and also an artist and a poet. She told me this poem was inspired by A1C Kristi P-L, USAF, pictured above, who served with Karen’s son Kenton in Iraq. As we celebrate Independence Day here in the United […]

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Your Most Pressing Notewriting Questions Answered

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It’s the fifth Monday of the month, so my editorial calendar calls for a post on notewriting, my favorite connection tool. I thought I’d just share a few of the questions I’ve gotten recently about notewriting. Is notewriting the correct spelling? The person asking this question thought it should be note writing. Since there is no entry of notewriting […]

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I Am Beloved By God

I am devouring the work of the late Henri Nouwen, theologian and spiritual teacher. His message in this 8-minute video reminds us that when we ask the question “Who am I?” the answer is not, “I am what I do.” Nor is the answer, “I am what others say about me” nor “I am what […]

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View From The Bench: June 22, 2014

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View from the Bench: A new Heartspoken series I’m trying to teach myself how to be more observant, and I hope you’ll come along, dear readers, as I explore a small piece of the world right outside my door. Believing that simplicity is best, I’ve decided to experiment with something anyone can do, whether you live in a […]

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You Can’t Outrun Your Insecure Self

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That insecure self will follow you As I was reflecting on the importance of digging deep into one’s self and getting to know your own strengths, weaknesses, fears, and hopes, I read Hannah Brencher’s post this morning (“Make Me Come Undone”). It spoke so perfectly to this topic, I simply had to share. Hannah is one of the […]

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Whose Song Are You Holding?

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“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” Greeting card by Kathy Davis Designs (http://kathydavis.com) There’s so much pain in the world I saw the above quote many years ago on a greeting card designed by Kathy Davis and have saved it all this time. Its […]

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