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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

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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How To Start A Conversation

Social events: fun or pressure? It’s almost time for the annual holiday parties, and I know some of you are dreading the awkwardness of mixing with people you don’t know very well. Where does this anxiety come from? I’m not a psychologist, but I’m sure it’s all tangled up in our unhealthy tendency to compare […]

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7 Ways To Expand Your Social Network

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Comfort levels vary, but there’s always room to grow Some of us are more comfortable in social situations than others, but researchers have shown that regardless of where you fall on the extrovert/introvert continuum, you can expand your social network and improve your connection skills. This is very good news. Why should you care? Researchers in psychology and brain science—such […]

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In Praise of Courtesy

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“It takes very little these days to stand out from the crowd. Sincere courtesy and simple kindness are like a bright light in a dark room.”     ~  Lydia Ramsey, International business etiquette expert Today is a fifth Monday, which means you get pot luck when it comes to a topic. I often use these […]

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Finding Encouragement Through Fellowship

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Welcome to Cari Bousefield, my guest blogger today at Heartspoken. She reached out to me about guest posting, and after reading some of her writing and sensing the sincerity of her faith, I am honored to have her share some thoughts about the joys and benefits of fellowship in our Christian journey. You can read […]

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Stop Comparing Yourself To Others! A Six Step Plan

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It’s a bad habit In the ongoing journey to understand and connect with ourselves, there’s a habit I’ve certainly wallowed in from time to time, often unconsciously, that seems to be a real bugaboo for most people: the tendency to compare ourselves to others. So what? Isn’t learning from others part of growing and improving? Well, it certainly […]

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8 Ways To Get Past Feeling Misunderstood

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“What we have here is failure to communicate!” The famous movie line from Cool Hand Luke was spoken facetiously by the Captain, a prison warden, to Luke, the young prisoner played by Paul Newman. Perhaps one of the reasons it has stayed so deeply ingrained in our cultural lore is because the failure to communicate is […]

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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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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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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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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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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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