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Joy Journal

Joy CheckIf you are allergic to joy, please click away from this post immediately, for I am aiming to share mine. The following words may trigger various emotions if you are susceptible!  If you can handle gentle and good feelings, read on! Finding My Joy ThemeFor months I have been wanting to blog more but…
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How a $29 Mouthguard Increased My Inner Peace

A Life of Neck and Shoulder PainEver since fifth grade I have struggled with neck and shoulder tension, with burning, aching sensations and rock hard muscles. I have seen chiropractors regularly since my thirties, have had massages, done yoga, meditated, used an inversion bed, a foam roller, a theracane, and made numerous attempts to relax…
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A Life Well-Lived

Visiting a 98 year old friend who was my mom's best friend for many years brought back memories and emotions. And immense admiration for Mildred Kitchens. She is in her sixth assisted living facility, counting one for rehab after surgery and one after a more recent problem with a fall. This one locates her closer…
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Ordinary Good, the Magic of Words and Journaling

  Ordinary Good My dear friend John-Roger used to say “Ordinariness is next to godliness.” I did not know quite what that meant, but it resonated and stuck in my consciousness. Now, it gives me hope, since my life has never seemed dramatic or unusual, but certainly full of ordinary moments of grace. Here is…
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The Joy Quotient

    Do What Brings You Joy Since I have been hearing this advice inwardly for several months now, one of my intentions for this year is to do what brings me joy. I am asking myself each evening, "What brought me joy today?" Here are my lightly edited answers so far. Loving, Listening, Laughing…
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Faces of Living Love # 2

My photography class made an excursion to Keeper of the Plains, a scenic plaza at the junction of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers near downtown Wichita.  Rich rewards emerged in the following photos and brief stories.  Each of my subjects radiated love and caring!  These are street portraits, with the knowledge and agreement of…
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Faces of Living Love #1

  I'm Back First, I am back after a long break.  Most of February, March and early April I stayed in Texas with my 97 year old mom in her final two months of life.  I am so grateful I could be there for her! After the funeral, I began a schedule of frequent travel,…
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Advice to My 26-Year-Old Self

  Mrs. Lee's Gardens Today was a journey into the past and an amazing afternoon of being present with beauty. About 44 years ago, when I was 26, I discovered Mrs. Lee's flowers near Gladewater, 800- some acres of daffodils carpeting the East Texas hills. Years ago, Mrs. Lee ordered a box of bulbs from…
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A Prayer of Remembrance

  Sometimes inspiration comes unexpectedly.  I awake at midnight or in the wee hours with words to share. [caption id="attachment_1455" align="alignright" width="378"] Often, we need to get up above the clouds! Remember to ask for altitude and direction going forward.[/caption] This time it was for a dear friend who has unexpectedly taken on care of…
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Time to Be

Slowing Down Is Self-Care Spending time with my beloved 97-year old mom has helped me slow way down for the past two weeks.  She often has the television on, and she spends much time in her easy chair. She is mobile and cares for her personal needs, so I am not in a full caregiving…
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