Can I Rejoice in a Wasteland?

The funds continue to pour out over my career with no income coming back in yet. The postcards I mailed to bring in more opportunities have harvested nothing more than a few returned as undeliverable. I stand at the edge of what might be success, but cannot see the fruit of…

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Who Me Brave? Guest Post by Janet Thompson

Who Me Brave? Guest Post by Janet Thompson   What do you think of when you hear the word brave? We might all define bravery in different terms, but I think we can agree it takes courage to be brave. I heard Bill Carter, a former Secret Service Agent on a…

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Parenting for an Audience of One

The mother swipes a bedraggled strand of hair behind her ear as she bends closer to her son. He's having a meltdown again. She clears her throat. Tries to ignore the other parents' glares cutting sideways at her. As she begins to speak softly to her child, a neighbor scoffs and…

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How to Set Roots to Survive Life’s Hurricanes

  Hurricane season has set more Floridians on edge this year. The oceans broil with hotter-than-average temps, increasing the risk of brewing another historic storm. A tropical system recently skirted our gulf and wreaked havoc upon the Mississippi basin instead. We empathize with our Louisiana neighbors as they wade through the…

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Turn Life’s Muck and Grow Joy

I had the tremendous blessing of interviewing joy expert Adria Wilkins this morning for the Flourish-Meant podcast. She's an amazing, yet humble and genuine woman who exudes grace. I had hoped for months to feature her on the show. When I met her a little over a year ago at the…

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Stranger Heroes Within

  Along with a horde of fans, I devoured the culmination of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things this week. Years of anticipation ended in a couple of days. I slouched back in a daze at the end of my binge and struggled to find a new fix. My fingers soon…

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Happy Our Father’s Day to EVERYONE!

  Father's Day encourages us to celebrate the men who raise children in our world. For those who've lost or never experienced a nurturing dad, the holiday can prove bittersweet or even bitter. Some fathers face this day with grief, as they've lost children to death or estrangement. Those without the…

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Energy of True Beauty

Halfway through printing my last book proposal, the ink faded. Soon the pages blanched to wordless sheets. In all the baskets lining the shelves of my office closet, only one cartridge could be found--and it didn't fit my printer. How could I have purchased the wrong type of ink? No! My…

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Timeless Struggles of Women

  The world has changed for women. Our roles have shifted. The standards of beauty, identity, and worth look far different from one generation to the next. Laws and expectations have taken drastic turns. Many of our struggles have intensified, while other historic changes have broadened our opportunities. Although we face…

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