Stray Dog follows Amazon Race Team

November 24, 2014

London’s Daily Mail featured an article about a stray dog so determined to find a home that he followed an extreme sports racing team over 400 miles! Luckily, it has a happy ending. He was just a bit tuckered and needed a nap!

Challenge: As the team neared the finished the tasks began to take their toll on Arthur and he ended up with some injuries 


Inspiration du Jour

October 17, 2014

Trash Day!.

Re-blogged from a wonderful blog called B is for Blessed!


That Thing in You

September 28, 2014

 

From a wonderful blog called “Spiritbath”


Words to Live By

September 26, 2014

Permit me to re-blog this beautiful post from A Story by Me:

Reflecting on What I Left Behind.


Sunroom Time

September 23, 2014

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When he was younger, my son and I used to have “sunroom time” – a few minutes in the late afternoon during which we’d sit in the sunroom and talk about (pardon the pun) anything under the sun.

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Often, if his friends were over, we’d include them, too.

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It was warm and welcoming in the sunroom, and it seemed like the only time some of these kids had ever been asked, “So how was your day, son?”

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The bamboo blinds let in just enough light and gave us a view of the trees in the yard, so it felt like a little nature preserve. It was a favorite spot for everybody, including my late, beloved black-lab-mix, Sheena. That’s her in the yard – by the back fence.

This dog toy feels kinda ruff.

Sheena Shadow Chicago Chicken Williams*

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Now that my son is about to turn sixteen, we no longer have “sunroom time;” in fact, it seems we hardly even have actual conversations. And this is the trajectory of life when our kids grow up. But I wanted to find a way to put my thoughts about life into a book, so I wrote this e-book using Amazon KDP, “Help Yourself, Jumbo Shrimp: A Teen’s Guide to Life, the Future and Everything.”

After I realized that there was no way to adjust the formatting (it uploaded out-of-whack and there is no such thing as Amazon e-book author support), I decided not to promote it, but I did want to leave it active so that when the spirit moves him and the time is right, my son will look at it and nod – maybe even smile a little – thinking back to our warm and fuzzy “sunroom times.”

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*Course, there’s a story behind Sheena’s full name! More to come.


Moment of Silence

September 11, 2014

Remembering the souls lost on 9/11 today, and praying for families and survivors.

A while back, I wrote a poem for prayerpower4today, my blog with writing partners Sue Bradford Edwards and Lori Strawn, about the preciousness of life. With your indulgence, I’ll re-post it here as we honor the fallen today.

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Live with Grace

The main thing I wish for you is this:
A rich, full life.
Even if you’re not rich.
Even if your belly’s not full.
The “for-now” -ness gets us all into trouble.
We say we’ll just take this job… “for now.”
Or stick with this relationship that’s a sinking ship….. “for now.”
For now is another way of saying, I accept less than I deserve.
So here’s the tricky part.  Be content but don’t settle.
Expect great things.
Blast off in a rocket to reach the stars.
Build an eighth wonder in your imagination.
How would you live if you knew you couldn’t fail?
What would you do if you had all you ever wanted?
Would you suddenly know how to be happy?
Mr. Right doesn’t do that for you.
Growing a third eye and seeing into the future won’t make it clear.
It’s already there, all wrapped up inside of you.
Ask God’s help.  Do it yourself.
Get on your knees and pray.
Get on your feet and walk.
Be about it.  Now move.


City of Hope Fundraiser at R’Jai’s Salon

September 9, 2014

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Bad hair day? :)

Here’s the answer!

This Sunday, September 14th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, R’Jai’s Hair Salon is hosting an event benefiting City of Hope. This HopeCuts fundraiser is part of a national effort to eradicate cancer. On this date, fine salons throughout the east coast will host HopeCut events simultaneously in an effort to raise money for this worthy cause.

Why not come out for a day of beauty, while at the same time, doing a good thing for your fellow humans? The event will be held at R’Jai’s Hair Salon, 2 JFK Boulevard #2, Somerset, New Jersey. Their phone number is 732/545-0226.

Hope to see you there!


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