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Love is in the air…

It’s that time of year when all is pink and red, hearts and candy. Love. Love is in the air. Who else is bit sickened by all the sappy, sugary, sentimental appeals to love? Even those of us who may have a “Valentine” find all the Valentine’s Day hype a Read more…

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What faithfulness looks like

Faithfulness seems to be in short supply these days. Divorce rates are high, people change jobs frequently, discontent seems to be the dominant theme on social media. Sit back, relax, and let me tell you a story that will hopefully restore your belief in faithfulness. More than half a century Read more…

New Year, New You?

New Year, New You….how many times have you heard (or seen or read) that phrase over the past few weeks? Or another overplayed phrase – what’s your word for the year? While I actually do choose a word for the year, it is definitely “in vogue” lately (perhaps a bit Read more…

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5 Gifts for the Art Lover

Do you have an art lover for whom you need to get a gift? Sure, you could get something bland and randomly “artsy”. But what if you could get a one-of-a-kind never-to-be-forgotten gift? This season, bring joy and delight to the art lover you love.  Here are a few ideas Read more…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Advent

Do you celebrate Advent? Do you even know what Advent is? The word “advent” comes from the Latin verb “to come” and has been used for centuries by Christians to mark the 4 weeks (of Sundays) preceding Christmas. Advent is not just a time to prepare to celebrate the birth Read more…