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Hello Friends!

I’ve been in a very busy caregiving season for my very senior mom and still am in this season. Consequently, I don’t have the time to write as much as I once did. One day I hope to write again. In fact, I have a new book idea brewing in my head right now. In the meantime, the best way to see what’s going on with me, get the latest news and to read my inspirational posts is on my Facebook author page at I have a different theme each month.


Be Inspired ~ Paw Prints on My Heart

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My featured journal theme for July is “Paw prints on my heart.” And so my quote posts this month are inspired by this theme!

He might only be here for part of your life. But for him, you are his whole life. Click To Tweet

“He might only be here for part of your life. But for him, you are his whole life.” If you’ve ever had a pet of any kind, I’m quite sure you are very aware of this truth.

We love our furry babies but I’m pretty sure our love for them may not be equal to their love for us.

I don’t think this reality was clear to me in my youth. It still makes me a bit sad when I think about my childhood dog “Tramp” who passed away my senior year of high school. I still recall how excited he was for me to come home from school every day and I don’t think I ever considered how sad he was for me to leave him when I headed off to work or on a date or to dance classes or where ever I was heading off to leaving him behind to wait for my return.

You should hear me now before I head out my door as I try to reassure my precious “Lady” I will be back as soon as possible telling her how much I love her and promising her special time together when I return.

What a difference a few decades has made to my pet owning behavior!


Be Inspired ~ Go Someplace You’ve Never Been

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Once a year go, someplace you've never been before. -Dalai Lama Click To Tweet

Going places I’ve never been before is my ultimate dream in the same way I long to do things I’ve never done before, too! And I would so love for both to happen more than once a year!

I’ve often told my husband my ideal trip would be to head out with no place in mind to go along with no time limit for our travels. Just start out whatever direction we are inclined to go. Then stop in towns we’ve never been to before. I would especially love to explore small towns.

I feel like there are many forgotten treasures to discover and I want to explore them before they disappear!

So yes yes yes!!! I want to go someplace I’ve never been before AT LEAST once a year!

How about you? Do you have places you’ve never been to that you would like to see?

Enough with saying someday and one of these days! I think the time is now to plan it and do it!


Be Inspired ~ The World Is Ever Changing

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“Every hundred feet the world changes.” For some reason, this brought to mind a song from my college days by Seals & Crofts – “We may never pass this way again.”

Yes, I would agree that every hundred feet our world – our point of view – changes. As in every hundred minutes or days or miles or memories…

Each moment in time where ever we are is a moment that will be gone in the next moment. So much to pay attention to. Not to be missed. An opportunity to be seized today that may be gone tomorrow.

The world is ever changing. Time moves onward.

This truth makes me want to stay more focused on present moments, be more aware of what’s happening around me, looking up and all around taking in my surroundings, paying more attention.

How many gorgeous sunsets or sunrises do you step outside to see? 


Be Inspired ~ The Ultimate Staycation!

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That word – travel – has more meaning to me these days. In fact, it’s the word my 91 year old mamma is using when she speaks of traveling into whatever eternal life looks like beyond this world. She knows I struggle with that future for her so she speaks about “when she travels” instead of using the “d” word.

But I’m also thinking about traveling for my own life and I’m NOT talking about the “d” word!

Lately I spend more time traveling into my soul. Exploring those deep places in my heart. Finding the beauty and joy of what revives and refreshes me. Discovering purpose and passion.

And of course I do have places I want to travel, too! Mostly any place with an ocean or lake view satisfies me most.

How about you? Do you have places you plan to travel to this summer? Planning to schedule some trips into your soul? The cool thing about those types of trips is they can happen wherever you are! The ultimate staycation!