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The Cure for Self Pity

Are you interested in a cure for self pity? Keep reading, and I think you might be surprised! I hope my “Arizona Longings” series of paintings have inspired you. They certainly have been an exciting journey for me.  People process their emotions and difficulties in different ways. Perhaps you never Read more…

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Are you content?

True confession time – I struggle with being content. It’s not a secret that my family has moved a lot. Goodbyes are hard. New transitions are hard. We are approaching two years of living in central Florida. And to be honest, it’s still hard. For several years now, I have Read more…

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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…

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 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…

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Screwtape, Wormwood, and Me

How many of you have ever read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis? I admit, I read it many years ago and remembered very little. I’ve had the privilege recently of being a substitute teacher at the school my children attend. Lately, I’ve spent a good amount of time in Read more…