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Thanks so much for reading my blog.  However, the location of my blog has changed.  Please go to now.  The format there is easier for me and, I hope, for you as well.  Also, check out the “subscribe” box on the upper right hand side.  You can have new posts delivered to your inbox — and they’re easy to read — one of the main reasons I switched.  I hope you like the new format.




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You Do Not Have Because You Do Not Ask

I mentioned yesterday I was feeling lost and forlorn, but that I had a “glimmer” of hope and motivation when I awoke yesterday. I must admit I had a little voice inside me saying, “God, is that you?” and my big, booming psyche saying, “Probably not.”

Imagine my surprise when I awoke (or was awakened) early again this morning and, try as I might, was unable to go back to sleep. The feelings of hope and motivation burned a tiny bit brighter. So, again, I got some exercise, spent some time praying and am beginning to wonder if this hopeless-for-so-long feeling might not lift after all.

You do not have because you do not ask. Yep, that would be me!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out and give me feedback on the new blog format. Unless I hear a major outcry, this blog address will be defunct by the end of this week.

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Potential New Blog Address

I am considering changing my blog address. I have a new blog set up and have been publishing my posts to it for the last week or so to get the hang of it. WordPress has undergone some changes recently which make posting and editing a pain for me. Also, I haven’t been happy with the option for readers to subscribe. You have been able to enter your e-mail address to receive new posts in your inbox, but the print is so tiny, it’s almost impossible to read. Please check out the new blog address, and let me know what you think of the new format. I will continue posting in both places for at least another week. If I don’t hear any drastic objections to the new blog location, I’ll make it a permanent move and make this one defunct. Please check out the “subscribe” option in the upper right hand corner of the new blog address and also check out my list of recommended books.

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Book Giveaway Drawing Tomorrow

only-nuns-cover1Reminder: I have two copies of Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight by Karen Scalf Linamen to give away. To enter the random drawing, please e-mail your name and mailing address to I’ll double your chances to win if you tell me your #1 New Year’s Resolution — the one thing you really WANT to change; I’ll post the answers I receive anonymously. The drawing will take place this Friday, January 2, 2009. Good luck.

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Keeping Gift Giving at a Reasonable Minimum

It’s hard during the holidays to keep children’s expectations (greed levels) down.  A couple weeks ago, I was reading a blog I occasionally visit and found this tip:

My mom started this, and now my husband and I’ve adopted it. We give each other 4 gifts, according to the categories of this little poem: “Something you want, something you need, something to play with, something to read.” 

I love that idea and believe it would work for birthdays as well.  Now that I think about it, that’s pretty much what my parents did without articulating it.  I usually had about 7 presents to open, but one was a big thing I wanted, several were practical items I needed, and probably one or two were something small to “play with”.  Books were something I got in plenty all year around . . . from the library.  It’s only been in recent years that I’ve purchased books on that I can’t get from the library.  The good news is I can buy them used and resell them or donate them to the library when I’m done.  Ah, the internet is a many splendid thing!

Anyway, here is the link to the above-tip if you want to read it in more detail. 


GIVEAWAY:  Remember enter this week’s drawing for a free copy of Living Rich for Less by Ellie Kay. Please e-mail your name and mailing address to to be entered in the random drawing this Friday, December 19th. Good luck!

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Book Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Cindy of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Tina of Mebane, NC, who each have won copies of When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall. 

Please check in on Monday for another book review and the start of another giveaway week.  This book is on money management — a  very timely topic right now!

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Chain of Action

Did you see the movie, Pay It Forward ?  It’s about a child who comes up with an idea to change the world — if everyone would perform a random act of kindness and then ask the recipient to “pay it forward” with an act of kindness toward someone else, we would have a kindler, gentler world.  The movie didn’t originate the concept, but it did make it more of a mainstream idea in today’s IT’S ALL ABOUT ME culture. 

Well, Chain of Action is a product of Mike Desormeaux’s creative thinking.  Mike wanted to find a way to “track” the good deeds and random acts of kindness in order to provide the feedback that would encourage people to, indeed, pay it forward.  Of course, hearing about others’ inspiring stories also, at worst, lifts our spirits and, at best, encourages us to do likewise. 

In a nutshell, you do a good deed.  Then you pass on a special key chain that has a unique number on it.  You share your story online.  Then you follow your key chain as it creates a “chain of action”. The key chain is encoded with your postal or zip code so that you can see how far across the country or world your key chain travels! 

You can check out the Chain of Action program at:


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