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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

Happy 100th Birthday, Uncle Edmund!

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My uncle, Dr. Edmund Rhett Taylor, was born in March, 1916, and is married to my father’s sister Mary. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday in Columbia, South Carolina, surrounded by hundreds of family members and friends, honoring him for a life of service as a surgeon, patron of the arts, and environmental activist. I […]

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The National Park System: 100 Years Of Nature, History, and America’s Stories

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Mountain view from Shenandoah National Park Happy 100th Birthday, NPS! In 1916, when the National Park Service (NPS) was created (through the National Park Service Organic Act, during President Woodrow Wilson’s administration) to manage America’s parks and historic sites, there were only 14 national parks and a few national monuments, and they weren’t all managed […]

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Is Connection Getting Easier or Harder?

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_453.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDigital technologies have given a whole new meaning to the word Connection. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick has embraced many of these as much as I have, but in this 90-second episode, she offers a gentle reminder of some old-fashioned connection tools that will never go out style. Use […]

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When Old Is Made New!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_612.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere are so many rich and wonderful ways to connect with others. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick, shares a recent experience that started with a simple decluttering project and ended up touching the lives of several other women who were thrilled to have the professional clothing Annette no longer […]

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Never Forget What You Can Do

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Inspired by the poem “Famous” Never forget what you can do. That message is inspired by the poem Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye. Here are excerpts that most spoke to me: The river is famous to the fish. The loud voice is famous to silence, which knew it would inherit the earth before anybody said so. I […]

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Can You Say Thank You Too Often? No!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_489.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou know how strongly I feel about gratitude and its power in connecting us with the others. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will remind you of some simple thank you’s you can express right now. Use the audio player above to listen to […]

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The Connection Of Old Things

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_434.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe usually discuss connection in the context of the present, but today my guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares an experience of being with her engineer fiancé when he found himself drawn to a very old book at an auction. Turns out, it connected him not only to the book’s writer 200 […]

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Your Personal Christmas Touch

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_512-Christmas.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you love the Christmas season and find happiness and joy during the holiday festivities, it’s almost inconceivable to learn how many others don’t share your sentiments. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick speaks honestly about how we might be sensitive to others during the holidays and offer a […]

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Look Up From That Smartphone! Life Is Passing By…

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I’m trying to unplug from my smartphone and computer…I really am. But it’s hard. The damned things are addictive. Like any addiction, it saps energy and time from things that are far more important, like the other people in my life. I’m not one who thinks technology is totally bad for authentic connection in life. I have embraced […]

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Christmas Spirit: Bring It On!

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http://www.heartspoken.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/390-Cmas-spirit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick must have heard how grumpy I was when Christmas music started blaring in the stores in October. In this episode from her Consider This Radio Show, Annette reflects on Christmas Spirit and when it begins for her. Use the audio player above to […]

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Gratitude: The Secret Sauce In The Recipe For Happiness

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“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton Many have tried to define happiness, but the definition would vary with each of us. The older I get, however, the more I believe gratitude is at the heart of anyone’s definition of happiness. It’s […]

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5 Skills Every Artist Needs

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I’m digging back into my Heartspoken archives to find some of the most popular posts and re-run them for those who might have missed them. Three years ago, I welcomed guest blogger and amazing abstract painter Gwen Fox. Gwen and I took a writing class together, and I’ve followed her blog and newsletter ever since. […]

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Do You Have Friends With Quirks? Get A Grip…

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_484_-_Friends_with_Quirks.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome again to Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick! In this 90-second episode from her Consider This Radio Show, Annette reflects on how different we all are and how sometimes, when we have friends with quirks that drive us a little bonkers, it’s good to remember we have our own quirks too. Use the audio […]

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Master Penman/Master Connector Jake Weidmann

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I’m not alone in my love of handwriting! I had no idea there was an organization dedicated to preserving penmanship and handwriting in the world: IAMPETH, the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting. I was so excited and impressed to learn about them from the video below (thank you Sandra Charles, innkeeper […]

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What A Difference Love Makes!

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/381_TheDifferenceLoveMakes.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s nothing quite like being in love. My guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some personal reflections on her own realization that when you love and are loved—at any age—life is sweeter. Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show. This story came together on an afternoon of […]

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9 Holiday Card Tips For Business Owners…and Everyone!

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I’m thrilled to welcome today’s guest, corporate etiquette expert, speaker, and trainer Lydia Ramsey. We’ve become friends and realized that her interest—etiquette and manners—actually intersects beautifully with my interest—connection. At their best, etiquette and manners are the glue that holds a civilized society together, and that’s a powerful connection! When Lydia found out I was also a representative […]

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Is Self-Reliance The Key To Happiness?

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Our culture holds self-reliance in high esteem. Consider our heroes (real life and fiction), our leaders, and our favorite personalities. We like them to be strong, capable, and independent. Yet social and psychological research tells us emotional maturity is closely tied to healthy relationships and the ability to be authentic about our vulnerabilities and our need to rely on others from time […]

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I’m Sorry: Two Vital Words In A Healthy Relationship

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/considerthismoment/Program_529.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe notion that “Love means you never have to say you’re sorry” is all wrong. My guest today, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick, shares her perspective on using those two powerful words “I’m sorry” to heal and strengthen a loving relationship. Use the audio player above to listen to this […]

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Book Review: Keep Your Love On! by Danny Silk

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Keep your love on! Connection, Communication and Boundaries Written by Danny Silk Reviewed by Elizabeth H. Cottrell I was expecting this to be a sweet, feel-good book about love and kindness. It was, instead, a bold, hard-hitting, brutally honest book about what constitutes a healthy relationship (marriage or otherwise) and how it will spiral downward in […]

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Labor Day Gratitude For Those Whose Work Enriches Our Lives

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What is Labor Day? “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country” [from the U.S. Department of […]

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