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Strengthen Life's Four Essential Connections

Connect with God

Connect With God

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. ~ C.S. Lewis

connect with nature

Connect With Nature

It is a…necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth…to know of wonder and humility. ~ Rachel Carson

connect with others

Connect with Others

…There is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…. ~ Albert Einstein

Connect With Self

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. ~ James Thurber

Recent Blog Posts

Solar Eclipse 2017—Don't Miss It!

The 2017 Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017 In just a few days, those of us in the United States will be in the right place for the best solar eclipse here in almost 100 years. Scientists everywhere—from astronomers and astrophysicists to meteorologists and...
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Head, Heart, and Gut: A Holy Trinity?

While I was talking with my wonderful cousin Lisbet on the phone today, I had a flash of insight on how to make better decisions.  Our conversations are always thoughtful and wide-ranging, and she was telling me about the welcoming and inclusive culture of her new...
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You Touch Lives Every Day (and often don't even know it)

  You touch lives every day, for better or for worse, but often you don't realize you're making a difference. My husband, a retired physician, recently attended the funeral of a professional friend he'd known for years. The friend's grown children came up to him...
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Older couple listening to each other and enjoying each other

Good Listeners Are So Attractive

What do the most fascinating people and the most caring people you know have in common? They are good listeners, and it makes them seem more fascinating and more empathetic. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares her own perspective on this valuable...
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Is Becoming Your Best Self The Right Goal?

FROM THE ARCHIVES: I first posted this in February 2015. Having just returned yesterday from a writer's retreat with five inspiring women, I am more convinced than ever that we all struggle with judging ourselves instead of appreciating ourselves and embracing our...
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sad girl feeling sorry

Why Is It So Hard To Say “I'm sorry” (even when you want to)?

I don't remember the details of what hurtful thing I'd said or done, but I must have lost my temper with one of my [then] middle-school-aged children before school. I definitely remember how wretched I felt and how, finally, I wrote a note of apology, drove to the...
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Dad in 2010

Life lessons from a great Dad

This was originally posted in June, 2012. I am posting it again as a tribute to my wonderful Daddy on Father's Day. On August 24, 2013, he "slipped the surly bonds of earth" and made his Great Escape in the wee hours of the morning. What a ride he had in his 95+...
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Jim Herbert with his P-51 the "Paper Doll."

Thank Your Heroes On Memorial Day

Memorial Day tidbits you might not know Memorial Day is serious business—a time for us to pause and give thanks for those who have died for what they believe in, especially those here in the United States who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy. But I thought you'd...
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How to express your Heartspoken messages

Fountain pen writing on the paper, close up imageWriting personal notes and letters is such a powerful and underappreciated connection tool, yet you may be among those who feel they don't have the time or don't know what to say. These posts will teach you why handwritten notes and letters are so special and how to write notes that comfort, encourage and inspire. 

You know that stash of special letters you've tucked away?

Stack of envelopes tied with stringI'm collecting examples of letters or notes 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 its story and your name, city and state – it can be anonymous if you prefer. By mail (and I'd love to get a handwritten note from you): Heartspoken, P.O. Box 81, Maurertown, VA 22644.



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Gifts for the WriterPersonal and business stationary, letterhead, notes and invitations help you connect with others in a special way, and they have so much more impact when they're personalized or engraved! Whether you're planning a wedding or just need some fun notecards for yourself or a gift, these high quality products from Carlson Craft offer both pleasure and luxury. This interactive website lets you play around with styles, colors and fonts before any purchase.

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