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Monday, January 9, 2017

Any Thoughts?


Last year, I collected some worthy quotations and shared them with you along with my thoughts about the subject of a specific quotation. Throughout 2016, I came across several meaningful quotations I wanted to comment about, but I could never come up with anything that would improve the original quotation.

Below, I share with you some of those quotations to which I couldn’t add anything to make them more insightful than they were. Do you have any thoughts about any of these quotations? 

“You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.” –Stanislaw J. Lee, Polish author (1909-1966)

"A wise man without a book is like a workman with no tools.” –Moroccan proverb

“We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power.” –William Ellery Channing, American clergyman (1780-1842)

“When a friend speaks to me, whatever he says is interesting.” –Jean Renoir, Frank movie director (1894-1979)

“There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why.” –William Barclay, Scottish theologian (1907-1978)

“Men and from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” –George Carlin, American comedian (1937-2008)

“The truth is lived, not taught.” –Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss poet and author

“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.” –Khalil Gibran, American poet and artist (1883-1931)

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle, American comedian (1908-2002)

“Trouble is a part of your life—if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.” –Dinah Shore, American singer (1916-1994)

“Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude.” –Ralph Marston, American football player (1907-1967)

“We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. –Eric Hoffer, American philosopher (1898-1083)

“There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown helpless about them.” –Clare Boothe Luce, American author (1903-1967)

“Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.” –William Cowper, English poet (1731-1800)

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Reason for the Season!


"And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid in in a manger; because
there was no room for them
in the inn." Luke 2:7



The Sunday newspaper almost contained more retail flyers than it did news sections. Retail stores have extended their shopping hours, opening earlier and closing later.

Did you shop on “black Friday”? Or on cyber Monday? I read that on the day after Thanksgiving some stores had super bargains—but super enough to pitch a tent on Monday to be the first in the store on Friday? But, you know what, yesterday’s flyers showed the same stores still have most of those black Friday super bargains.

In this economy when we’re all supposed to be in a bind financially or not employed, people sure are spending money. Or, rather they are spending plastic—credit cards. It wouldn’t surprise me if it may take some shoppers all next year to pay for what they buy between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Our country has been buying things this way for a while but it seems this year folks are behaving more materialistic than before. Shoppers are frantic and racking up staggering debt on stuff.

Well and good if that’s what floats your boat. But it’s so obvious that the true meaning of Christmas is again pushed to the end of the line by those who love their material things. They behave as if they don’t remember, or maybe never knew, the real meaning of Christmas. That saddens my heart.

As we compile our wish lists for Christmas, may we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back! He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).’”

I hope you will have an enjoyable Christmas season of parties, shopping, opening presents, and decorating the tree. And I also hope you receive a gift that will bring a smile to your face and you’ll remember the truth of the season.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Love or Paper Work?


What the world really needs
is more love and less paper work.”
–Pearl Bailey, American entertainer (1918-1990)


When I discovered the quotation above, my first thought was, Wish I had said that!

The words above of Ms. Bailey are so true. Even in our age of all things electronic, everyone hasn’t yet gone totally digital.

I find a prime example of that fact every time I go to a doctor. The first thing to happen after I sign in for a doctor’s appointment is: someone hands me a clipboard containing a sheaf of paper and says, “Please fill out these forms, front and back, and sign where I’ve marked with an X.”

I haven’t moved for twenty years and have no plans to do so. My telephone number is the original one we got when we moved here. My medical history hasn’t changed. But it’s useless to tell the person that all my information is the same. When I try to do that, they give me a blank look and say, “We’re updating our records.”



What a chore to fill out those papers! No wonder the doctor’s office tells you to come fifteen minutes early for your appointment.

However, at one doctor’s appointment this year, I had a unique experience with the doctor’s forms. Instead of the usual clipboard, they handed me a bulky, bright orange tablet-looking, touch-screen thing and briefly instructed me how to update my information on it. Thank goodness, I had some computer knowledge, so doing this was fairly simple for me.

When I had arrived at the doctor’s office, I noticed a lady leaning over her knees where one of these orange contraptions lay. When I sat with my orange up-date machine, I looked across the waiting room and saw that the lady I’d seen earlier was indeed using another tablet like the one they’d handed to me.

Oh, was she laboring with her task! Apparently, she had no conception of such an electronic thing. She intently went about the business of tapping the screen to log in her information. She didn’t appear frustrated or angry with what she’d been asked to do. I had to admire her for her apparent determination.

I finished my up-dating and carried the tablet to the front desk. Whether with pen and paper or an orange tablet, I had once again up-dated my information that hadn’t changed. Yes, too much paper work!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Do You Prefer Reality or Dreams?


To know things as they are is better than
to believe things as they seem.”
—Tom Wicker, American journalist (1926-2011)

I'd like to break down the above quotation with some definitions. Things as they are would be reality. Things as they seem would be a dream. 

So, with the above definitions, the quotation would read: To know reality is better than to believe a dream. 

Who hasn’t at some point in life wished they could swap unkind reality for a dream? Sometimes life is just not lovable and on those days we’d like to go back to bed and get up when things had improved. But we can’t turn back the clock or stop time.

Facing reality is how we learn so many life lessons. Dreaming of things as we would wish them to be can only last so long.Sooner or later we must pack away our dreams and face what’s real: people will disappoint us, grandparents will die, and experiences will teach us to learn the hard way. 

I knew a dreamer. From all outward appearances, this person never took life seriously but, instead, always looked forward as if life would have a happily-ever-after ending. Measured by our world’s standards, this person never achieved success, never amounted to much. But on the happy scale, this person ranked at the top—always had a positive outlook, trusted everyone, and was okay with his lot in life.



Now, who’s better off—this dreamer or the person who never dreams, never focuses on anything but harsh reality? The answer to that question would be like comparing two characters in Winnie the Pooh: Eeyore who is a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, old gray stuffed donkey; and Tigger who is cheerful, outgoing, competitive in a friendly way, and has complete confidence in himself.

To smooth out the bumps in the road, we all would probably benefit from having a workable mixture of reality and dreams. But, then, there are some days when we must choose reality over dreams in order to survive—we must face what life is.

I try to gain encouragement for those days of reality from this Scripture verse: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV).


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Can Life Be Easier?


Life is easier to take than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without
the indispensable and bear the intolerable.” 
–Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960)

Most of us on any given day would probably want life to be easier. Easier to cope with the frustrations that seem inevitable, easier to battle the innumerable delays to our plans, easier to absorb disappointments and get up again to start another day.

In the above quotation are three biggies that Ms. Norris mentions as a way to make life easier. Let’s look at each of them.

Accept the impossible. If something is truly impossible, it would seem natural that an impossibility would not even exist and, therefore, we wouldn’t have to accept it.

Do without the indispensable. By definition, indispensable means “extremely important and necessary” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). We cannot survive without some of those extremely necessary things in our life: eating, breathing, and sleeping.

Bear the intolerable. Of course, if something is intolerable we cannot bear it—we wouldn’t survive living at the North Pole without suitable clothing, and we couldn’t live in the desert without water.


In life, we sometimes feel frustration, failure, disappointment, anger, defeat. My high school principal told the senior class: "When you feel like you've come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

So, in my opinion, what Ms. Norris means in the above quotation is that if we could accept the impossible, could do without the indispensable, and could bear the intolerable, yes, life would be easier. Of course it would! But we can’t do those things, and life won’t get easier.

There's a solution that would help life to be better—not easier, but better. We can react to the impossible, the indispensable and the intolerable with a loving attitude and our days can improve. If we believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit will dwell within us. Then, guess what the fruit of the Holy Spirit does? The Holy Spirit will produce in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). 

Notice that the first three things we can have through the Holy Spirit are love, joy, and peace—necessary things to possess when facing life with all its ups and downs. All these attributes—gifts from God—mentioned above in the Bible verse will enable us to better meet the unfavorable things of life.

How can you have the fruit of the Holy Spirit? Find a Bible, read John 3:16, and become a whosoever. Believe and obey God and He will give you love, joy, peace… They are His gift to us. But, as with any gift, we have to reach out and accept it.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Do Women Really Talk More Than Men?



“Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.”
—Author Unknown

Yes, it does—talking does come by nature. Do you remember the excitement you experienced when your children said their first words? And more excitement when they began to string those words into sentences!

Then some days when their toothless smiles have turned into what we say in the south—they’re talking up a blue streak—and you may wonder that those peaceful days of relative silence have disappeared.

According to The Daily Mail online, February 20, 2013, research claims that women speak 20,000 words a day—some 13,000 more than the average man. Research also shows that girls learn to speak earlier and more quickly than boys.

So, ladies, research and our development shows that we really didn’t have much say-so about our gender being the talkative one. Therefore, should we give our significant others a little slack, instead of complaining that they won’t talk and share with us as much as we want?

But the second part of the quotation above—that silence comes by wisdom—is the significant part of that statement. I can attest to that. An incident from many years ago when I spoke my mind too quickly still bothers me. Words can so easily slip past our lips before we think. Once we speak our words, they’re out there forever; we cannot retrieve them or wish them away.

But the incident I mentioned above gave me some measure of wisdom for the future. Wisdom to weigh my words and opinions carefully before sharing them. Yes, silence is golden, and sometimes we truly should be seen and not heard, even as adults.

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My latest novel has released--Tidewater Summer. Here is the cover and below is a bit about the book. On my website, you can read the beginning of the book.

Will Rose find the solitude she seeks during her island summer or is solitude what she really wants? 

A compelling story of one woman’s pursuit of restoration from physical abuse at the hands of her fiancĂ©. Rose Marie Henley’s Great-Aunt Clara convinces Rose to spend the summer at her South Carolina beach house. 

Aunt Clara’s handyman sends his nephew to repair Rose’s water heater. A year ago, Rose would have been excited to see his over-the-top handsome nephew, Frank Sutton. But now she doesn’t want any man in her life again. 

Frank has an instant attraction to Rose. Can he break through her defenses? He’ll do anything to protect her, but will she open her heart to trust him? 

Monday, October 17, 2016

First a Dream


As you dream, so shall you become. The greatest achievement was at first and for a time, a dream.
–From As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, British philosophical writer, 1864-1912 


Thank goodness for dreams. Where would we be without them?

I can imagine the Wright Brothers’ parents and teachers were concerned because the boys perhaps daydreamed instead of doing homework and chores. Probably not many believed the boys would accomplish such lofty dreams. Who back then would have imagined we’d be flying nonstop across oceans just because the first airplane started as a dream?

First air flight by the Wright Brothers

Maybe Thomas Edison dreamed of having sufficient lighting by which to do his tasks. Then he put his dreams to the trial-and-error tests of invention. Because of Edison’s dream, we can now illuminate 100,000-seat arenas at night, using them as if it were the middle of the day.

Moving a dream from the stage of being a dream, over into reality, requires decision-making. Making the decision to be willing to pay the price. Have you ever wondered what a dream costs? But, you might say, dreams are free, aren’t they? It doesn’t cost anything to dream.

Correct, but what’s the cost of a “dream come true?” Perhaps one price the Wright Brothers paid for their dream was the scoffing and ridicule from those unbelievers around them. 

Dreams come in all sizes and in all areas of our life. Sometimes we go after dreams we shouldn’t. And sometimes we turn loose of worthwhile dreams. We can realize some dreams easily, others are more difficult to reach. The price of my dream is not the price of your dream, and vice versa.

We’ve all probably had dreams for ourselves, our family, our community, our world. Have you ever realized a dream? Have you ever had a dream die?

Dreams are hopeful things. They challenge us and keep us growing. 

Carl Sandburg said, “Nothing happens unless first a dream.”

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