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Good Monday Morning 6-27-22

Loss. Loss. There is no way to avoid it. In this world that is temporary, we humans will experience many kinds of losses. This morning I am grieving the loss of my my dad. Although it’s been 17 years since he passed away, the anniversary date was this weekend. The loss of my dad was…

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Dog Tails: Blue

Today’s pet rescue is named Blue. This pretty girl is 3 1/2 years old. She came to the shelter because two families came together and ended up with seven children and several animals and Blue was overwhelmed. Blue is one of the best athletes you will ever meet. She needs a very large fenced in…

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Good Monday Morning 6-13

Good Monday morning, June 13. This is the second Monday of June. Already. It feels like summer is almost over before it has even started. It always seems to go by fast. Last summer my son, daughter and I went to the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan for a couple of days. We had a great…

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Social Isolation–On Purpose

Due to health issues exacerbated by anxiety, I struggled to go places socially when my husband was alive. He was always my buffer, sitting between me and other people, supporting me when I was nervous. Encouraging me to forget about what other people might be thinking and just do what I needed to do. After…

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Cat Tails: Joseph

Joseph is a 10-month-old neutered male.  Joseph was found as a stray wandering in the country. He came to the shelter in March.  Joseph was placed in the kitten room when he arrived and loved all the little kittens at the shelter.  He was recently moved to the adult room now that he is close…

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Remembering the Fallen

I am at a loss as to what to say this morning. I want to give a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in sacrifice for the American lifestyle. They chose to serve their country and in doing so, served all of us and stood as a barrier between…

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35 going on 20 (or 70)

Today, I’m sharing an article that I wrote in 2000. I hope you will enjoy it in the tongue-in-cheek manner in which it was written. 35 Going on 20 (or is that 70?) Written by the author in 2000. Even when I look into the mirror, I have a hard time believing that I’m turning…

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Writing Through Anxiety

Today’s post is written by Christian author Sara Beth Williams. My life, since February of 2018, has been in major upheaval. Five months before my first novel was published, three family deaths occurred. In November, 2018, my brother moved two thousand miles away. That’s when I began to notice symptoms of anxiety. All of this…

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Friday Feature: Substitute Family

Recently I published an updated version of my full-length Christian romance, Substitute Family. This was previously published under the title, No Longer a Substitute. If you read the first version, you will find this one almost completely different. The characters and story line are the same, but it has been revised and updated throughout the…

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Dog Tail: Tipton

Today’s Featured Pet is Tipton. Tipton is 4 months old. His mother was an Akita mix. He is very playful and fun-loving. He will be a very large dog. You can find out more about Tipton and other dogs and cats available for adoption on the Mecosta County, Michigan’s Animal Rescue Coalition website: Welcome to…

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The Creator of Light

My reading this morning was from Psalm 69. Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. Psalm 69:1-3 My…

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Dog Tails: Grady

Today’s Dog Tail is about Grady. Grady is a nine month old mixed breed dog. He is quite large and strong but extremely happy and loving. He loves children and everyone he meets. He enjoys playing with tennis balls and going for nice long walks. Grady is available for adoption through Animal Rescue Coalition of…

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Friday Feature: The Darkened Land

Author’s Inspiration: The Darkened Land is the 1st in a Series of Eight books about the King and His light and the struggle to save His people who have become engulfed by darkness. It is an allegory of our world and God’s love for us. It was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia…

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Friday Feature: The Road Home

Today’s featured book is The Road Home by Christian author Malissa Chapin. About the book: Sometimes your past catches up with you. Sometimes you confront your past. When a life of tragedy leaves Audra March with a desperate desire foracceptance, she blurs the line between right and wrong. She runs from her tainted past and…

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Cat Tails: Louis

I’m working with the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County, Michigan to showcase some of their pets who are available for adoption. Their website information is listed below. LOUIS Louis is a 3 year old neutered male with extra toes on his front feet.  Louis needs to be an only cat and live in a…

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Life’s Journey Update

The garage sale went really well. I spent some time with my sisters and niece and nephew and enjoyed two days in the fresh air. Even though it was windy and cold and I got sunburned, that sunshine was refreshing. The fact that I cleared out my house and earned a little pocket money made…

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If I Were a Butterfly

“If I were a butterfly, I’d thank You, Lord, for giving me wings…” One of the songs we used to sing with hand motions in church when I was a young teen. I loved it and it stuck around in my head for years as I moved into adulthood and had kids of my own.…

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Friday Feature: The Blessed Bunny

Author’s Inspiration: This book is designed to draw attention to the true meaning of Easter contrasted to the commercialization of Easter. About the book: The Blessed Bunny is a rhyming story about a bunny that was taken from a pet store and put in a store with Easter sale items. A little girl chooses him…

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May I have this Dance Final Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Five Brooke His cold words hit her like a sheet of ice.             “You mean—this—us?”             “Yeah. I don’t think it’s going to work out between us.”             “But you said—”             “I said I love you, Brooke. And I mean it.”             She stepped back, suddenly chilled. She put her hands up to…

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May I have this Dance Chapters 33-34

Chapter Thirty-Three Chase The bridal couple was watching for them, and waited at the edge of the dance floor. “I was wondering where you two ran off to.” Julie laughed, and Lance winked at Brooke. “We’ve been wanting a chance to dance with you two,” Julie said. “Will you let me borrow her for a…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 32

Chapter Thirty-Two Brooke The wedding was less than a week away. The bride called Brooke several times that week to talk over the little details of the wedding, the catering, the cake order, the flower order. Brooke listened to all of her worries and concerns and gave her reassurances that everything was going to work…

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Recipe: Spaghetti Parmesan

Spaghetti Parmesan This 4-ingredient pasta dish is quick and simple, and tastes good. Not a low cholesterol or low fat dish, but an easy dinner with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Ingredients: 8 oz. spaghetti 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 4 tablespoons butter (not margarine) 1 clove garlic, minced Directions: Boil spaghetti and drain,…

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It is Well with My Soul

(I’m almost embarrassed to post this today after my recent Facebook post stating that in my own part of the world, there was peace in my mind and in my heart.) Today didn’t start off very well. I stopped for gas on the way to work and pulled up to the pump on the driver’s…

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May I have this Dance Chapters 30-31

Chapter Thirty Brooke Brinley was beyond excited when she woke up and found out they were going to the mall. “You promised I could get a Build-a-Bear the next time we go. Can I, really?”             Brooke had forgotten that. During their shopping trip in August, Brinley had begged to be allowed to buy and…

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May I have this Dance Chapter 28-29

Chapter Twenty-Eight Chase Chase’s mom didn’t seem to notice, or didn’t care about his discomfort. “I’d forgotten your husband was a hunter. That’s why Chase is taking Devon out.” Chase looked at Brooke. She was watching him, wondering what he’d say. It was a fact that she’d been married before, that her husband was a…

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