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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

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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Redefining What It Means To Be A Birdbrain

Book Review: The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman The Genius of Birds may not be for everyone, but for this bird lover and biology major, it was absolutely marvelous. The author—a bird lover herself—is a journalist who traveled the world to observe the work of...
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Do You Wish You Felt Closer To God?

Join me For the 2017 "Journey Within" writing retreat at Shrine Mont [Text from flyer below, since it's hard to read online]: Connect with God through writing... For those who enjoy writing—whether fiction or nonfiction, journaling or note writing—putting pen to paper...
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Enjoy All Of Life!

My son and his wife sent me a lovely book for my 67th birthday about the work of Japan's most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), known in this country especially for "The Great Wave." The lovely note they included with the book read, "We've just been to a...
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We Can Be Someone’s Bridge Over Troubled Water

Follow my blog with Bloglovin There's lots of troubled water in this world. And there are lots of good folks drowning in it.  Clearly, there's the very visible kind of trouble: economic and social chaos, war, poverty, famine, genocide, and social injustice of all...
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Book Review: HEAD FIRST by Steve H. Lawton

Head First: a crash course in positivity 8 Practical Ways to Increase Your Positivity and Improve Your Outcome by Steve H. Lawton I was asked to review this book by its publicist with no strings attached. It is both a memoir and a self-help book.. Several years ago,...
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Blast Yourself Out Of Winter’s Black Hole With Some Spring Cleaning

Spring is here at last! Why do we still associate spring with spring cleaning? Certainly, in prairie cabins a century ago, when wind blew dust through the chinks between the logs, spring was the first time the sun was warm enough to dry those curtains and rugs that...
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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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