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What Do You Do When You Have Lost Something of Value?

It’s frustrating to lose something important, isn’t it? “I just can’t find it anywhere,” I said as I looked at my husband while turning my den upside down. These past two days I have been on a hunt, a hunt for my personal binder that contains my income and expenses....

Are You Hopeful When In Transition?

The company was closing its doors in our city. Boom! I was in transition. Twenty-two years! Down the drain or so I thought. It was a great job with good pay and outstanding benefits. Not the type of work I wanted to be doing though. The company made the decision. For...

Do Prayers Really Work?

I was brought up praying All my life I’ve been told to pray. I was educated in Catholic schools and there we prayed several times during the day. As students we were usually told what to pray for and I admit most, if not all of us, paid no attention to how or why we...

Why You Should Stop Being So Worried

Is Your Burden Actually Too Heavy For You? Are you stressed out all the time? Is your life being disrupted on all sides by circumstances you can’t change? Are you stuck in situations that are driving you crazy? If so, you might want to consider some advice from Peter....

How to Get Unstuck in 3 Questions and 2 Steps

Judith MacNutt, wife of Francis MacNutt, tells a great story about a circus elephant she saw back-stage. The massive animal stayed in its circle, held by a chain around its foot staked at the center of the circle. The huge creature easily could have ripped that chain...

Lean Hard

She was in pain. Our Golden Retriever, Precious, had torn her cranial cruciate ligament. Surgery was unavoidable. The procedure went better than expected, but her sad, brown eyes spoke volumes — the operation had taken a great deal out of her. A bright pink cast...

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

How a Former Muslim’s Story Changed My Life College is a place where people go to lose their faith. At least, that tends to be the case among Christian teens: According to multiple sources, roughly 70% of formerly Christian college students graduate with a diploma…and...

On Fearing and Hope

I can remember only a handful of times when a book made me cry. I’d be reading away, minding my own business when, without warning, the author grabs hold of my heart-strings and just yanks. I teared up at the end of A Prayer for Owen Meany. I was choked up a few times...

Here is Wisdom

listen Almighty, hear my soul Peace alludes this mortal realm Shall the flame of mortal love be stilled To only in thy presence dwell? My son, here is wisdom My doctrine shall drop as the rain My speech shall distil as the dew As the small rain upon the tender herb...

What Does it Mean to Trust God?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. — Proverbs 3:5 Have you ever been told to “trust God?” People who believe in God like to say this a lot, to themselves...

An Exciting Way to Challenge Your Creativity

Are you ready to push the limits? The last month has been one of change — in my thinking, in my reading, in my writing and most of all in my decision to try to spend more time with my creative side. After running and organizing a small Vacation Bible School this...

A Hustler’s Burden

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian Kurian. And I am a bonafide hustler. Why I Am The Way I Am Often times I have moments where I sit back and reflect on my life. I think about why I am the way I am. I wonder why I have such a hard time unplugging...

Why Being in Your 60’s is the Ultimate Startup

Here you are, sailing along in your sixties. Maybe retirement is on the horizon. Perhaps it is not even a consideration, yet. But somewhere in the back of your mind might lurk the scary question: What’s next? Well, my friends, what’s next is the Ultimate Startup. One...

Dear Internet, Please Stop Pushing Me so Hard to Get Up Early

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin As I heard my Fitbit alarm buzz me awake at 6:15 am, I knew that I was just too wiped out to get up and go for a run, so I ignored it and kept sleeping. After all, this was a...

4 Tools I Use to Boost Productivity

How I take care of business and boost my mental health Iam disorganized. I am lazy. I am low on energy. I am all these things; but, I am aware of these things, and unlike many with the same traits, I put effort towards battling these weaknesses. Last month I wrote...

6 Activities To Keep Life Simple

As the population continues to grow, the more than a trend for less is developing. This sort of trend is a minimalistic lifestyle. That isn’t to say this movement is bad, in fact, it’s still a good move as we move away from less material things and focus more on the...

4 More Wonderful Myth Busters on Creativity

Remember these words: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10,NIV).” I want you to know that some of the things you have been told about being artist are NOT true....

Start Fire To your Own Initiative

I am a procrastinator — a waster of time. I am sucked in by games on my phone, posts on Facebook, and the television. BUT I am a writer looking for inspiration in what I read and what I see and what I do. “An open calendar with short notes scribbled next to the dates”...

Happy Birthday, Awful Gardner

True story. Life didn’t come cheap for Hezekiah Orville “Awful” Gardner. He came into this world sometime in 1825 (no record survives as to the exact date) and died seventy years later locked away in an Insane Asylum. In between, he certainly earned his nickname — and...

Scarlet Morning Sky

Morning clouds painted in scarlet Slowly streaking from east to west, A few gray clouds are swirling too Songs of birds serenading in sky. Morning ocean reflects growing light As white capped waves break ashore, Clouds of gray turn slowly scarlet As those clouds float...

Why It’s Okay To Be A Terrible Traveler

I seize every opportunity to hop on a plane, train, boat or car and go somewhere, whether it’s a cruise, a hike, a beach, a mountain, a city, a desert or Disneyland. I’ve floated over Egypt in a hot air balloon, dipped into a fjord in an Alaskan biplane, canopied...

One Day, You Will Be Forgotten

This is a morbid sentiment, but ultimately, it is true. There is no getting away from the fact that one day we will die. The further time advances past this point, the more we will be forgotten. Life goes on. It waits for nobody. No matter how famous you are, how many...

The Joy of Ferragosto and Life with Intention

It’s mid-August. In Italy, the country is on holiday. It’s planned. It’s anticipated, and it’s savored. The pinnacle of the month-long kick-back is August 15th, the public holiday of Ferragosto. Being Italian, it conveniently coincides with the important Catholic...

Bang, Pow, Zoom; A Poem

Sinister expressions, dark foreboding clothes, that’s how you spot a bad guy, everybody knows. Tattered black cloaks, their intentions plain, to cause suffering and heartache, destruction and pain. winning smile, perfect hair, neat as a pin, that how you find a good...

How to deal with judgment

Sounds like clickbait? Well, it’s not. Dealing with the judgment of others can be a really simple expression of human understanding and compassion. It can be the opportunity to reassess your own sense of self — self-respect, self-compassion, self-love — and mirror...

Your Days Are Numbered

“Your days are numbered. Will you pass them half awake and halfhearted or will you live with a sense of urgency?” ― Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War One day you are 18 years old, with a hard body, full head of hair, sitting by the pool, kickin it with friends,...

Meet My Frenemies | Perpetual anxiety and Melancholy.

I’ll be the first to admit I have a warped sense of humor. Either you get it, or you don’t. Either you like me…or you don’t. I’m one of those complex types, or so I’ve heard. It’s this humor that has carried me through many a dark period throughout my oft angst-filled...

Don’t Get Sad Before You Have To

A Mantra To Keep The Anxiety Monster At Bay Yup, another grey sky low humidity day here, and so the Anxiety Monster is just bubbling beneath the surface, and I’m daring it to rear its ugly head. Anxious In The Summertime? You’re Not Alone. Science Says So.medium.com...

Bipolar Confessions from a wife, mother, and friend

I struggle with type 2 bipolar disorder. Bipolar has transformed my life into a monumental challenge, and I feel guilty when it affects my family and friends. Fatigue Smiling, interacting, being part of the family unit or social circle… all can be exhausting. Between...

How to Exchange Insecurity for Creativity

I admire people who have been writers all their lives! I have written privately in my prayer journals over the years. And, I’ve not entrusted my writing to the public until the last few years. But we all need to learn how to exchange insecurity for creativity....

The Oxy’s and Negative Press

I’m tired of the Oxy’s getting negative press. You know, the medication that gets abused by people that don’t need to be taking it. Some of us wouldn’t get through the day without them. Some of us go to responsible doctors who monitor our medications closely and who...

The Adverb is Not Your Friend

A writer friend of mine is slaving over a novel. He asked that I read the first page to see if it grabbed my attention. It did — but the wrong way. I counted 17 adverbs. On the first page. I found myself focusing on the adverbs — not the story. Then I had to tell him...

Do You Do It For Love, Money or Applause?

The reasons we write, I mean… And Why Should We Care? We slip on our dancing shoes. We step into the spotlight and strut our stuff. We take it all off — bare our souls to the world. Why? Some days we share the easy stuff — the how-to-do-something-better stuff, or the...

8 Things You Gotta Know About Writing A Book

You know you want to write a book. You’ve started writing a few times and then you stopped writing. I totally get it. I’ve been there and it sucks. If you’re completely honest, you know you’re a bit stuck. There are a lot of steps in the book writing process — at...

Blogging in an Evening Gown

Blogging on a WordPress site feels so formal. I have to put on a fancy dress to write. While on a Blogger blog, I just throw on a pair of jeans. Excuse me as I readjust my push-up bra. Better, but my Spanx is so constricting, I can hardly think or breathe although my...

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