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From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…. Albert Einstein

The 1957 Letter That Encouraged Me To Write

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The envelope above held a later letter from my grandfather postmarked 1965. I didn’t have the envelope from the 1957 letter described in this article. My grandfather, Robert Beverley Herbert, was 78 years old when he wrote the letter below to me, his seven-year-old granddaughter in Virginia. He was a busy attorney in Columbia, South Carolina, yet he […]

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Let’s Be Bridge Builders

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I was returning Sunday afternoon from a remarkable connection experience at the Word Shark Writers’ Conference in Newark, Delaware, with several women, all writers, who had in common that we’d each worked with editor Karen R. Sanderson, the Word Shark. We had crossed virtual paths, but had never met in person, and in the two-and-a-half days […]

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Belonging: The Ultimate Connection

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I welcome The Very Rev. Alexander D. MacPhail, Connection Messenger* and today’s guest blogger. This piece appeared in a recent parish newsletter, and I share it with his permission. It speaks beautifully about three of the essential types of connections that we focus on here at Heartspoken: connection with self, connection with others, and connection with […]

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Movie Explores Our Strange Connections With Money

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I’ve been meaning to write a series of blog posts that encourage readers to explore their attitudes about money—their money mindset, if you will—and the impact money has on their relationship with others. Money is often at the root of family strife, marital disagreements, sibling rivalries, and intergenerational greed. Seen through the lens of Connection, I believe it’s […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cybersecurity: Clairvoyant Or Hacker?

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As much as I am fascinated by all the ways we connect meaningfully with each other in life, I can’t deny there is both healthy connection and dangerous connection. Watch this short (under 2-1/2 minutes) video of a fascinating experiment done in Belgium with a so-called clairvoyant who tells his clients incredibly personal and private things that […]

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What Do You Do? Have Fun With Your Answer To That Question!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_437.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to my guest today, Annette Petrick, the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show (podcast and website) featuring 90-second episodes serving up “timely perspectives on life, love, friends, family, giving back, and giving thanks.” Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second […]

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How Do You Express Your Love?

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Welcome to my guest and Connection Messenger* today, Carol Mathias, a professional marriage and family therapy counselor in Georgia. She is recently widowed and has been sharing her “Carolisms” on Facebook about her journey of both loss and discovery. This piece was so poignant—and such a helpful guide for strengthening the connection with the significant others […]

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My New Year’s Message: Open Your Heart And Mind

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Forget the New Year’s resolutions At least for today… Open your heart and mind to the possibilities held for you in the year ahead. Ask God for guidance, and trust you will be exactly where you’re supposed to be, making the connections you’re supposed to make, and learning what you’re supposed to learn, even if your circumstances […]

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Little Things Matter Way More Than You Realize

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I went to a Christmas party for our amateur radio club this past weekend. As I was getting dressed, I remembered to put on a necklace one of the other club members and his wife had given me a couple of years ago. Their daughter had made it and embossed it with my ham radio call sign. […]

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Get Outside In The Winter!

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He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. ~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866 Get outside […]

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3 Letters That Changed History: Letter Writing Day Dec. 7

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December 7 is National Letter Writing Day That gives me a wonderful excuse to write about my favorite tool for connecting with others: the personal, handwritten letter or note. I’ve collected so many stories about people who were touched, encouraged, comforted or inspired by a personal letter at just the right time in their life. Today, though, I want to […]

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I Carry Your Heart With Me: A Special Kind Of Connection

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Having just celebrated All Saints Day and been moved by our rector’s beautiful sermon and prayers for the departed, I feel keenly aware of the “cloud of witnesses” surrounding me and praying for me too. That cloud is comprised of all those saints—known and unknown—who have gone before. I don’t believe death separates us from the love […]

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Lessons Learned From Traveling

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New experiences…new perspectives My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful 12-day trip to London to visit our son and his wife, who moved there this past summer for three years. It was only the second time in our lives we’d been “across the pond,” and the last one was 14 years ago. In other […]

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