My Son In Law Became An American Citizen Today

I just had to share. My son-in-law Rik became an American citizen today. He moved to American from Great Britain when he was 12 years old. This dream has been a long time comin!   I couldn’t figure out how to get the photos in order. We gave Rik gifts and had a beer afterwards. What a great day!   ...
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Practicing Hospitality – Guest Room Essentials

I love my husband’s parents. My own parents are gone but I still feel like I have parents who love me: John and Doris.   No we haven’t had the perfect relationship. But we have had a great relationship. I feel blessed that they are still a big part of our lives even though my husband and I are old enough be grandparents.   Doris is the type of person who grabs her...
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I Published A Book Today

Most of you know I published a book in 2013. It was a traditionally published book called Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World, and as great as my agents and publishers were, it was an agonizing experience that took many years to accomplish.   I had to learn: What I wanted to say How to make my story and make it applicable to a wider audience How to write a query to an...
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How To Stop Living By Fear And Trust Your Inner Pilot

I’m always looking for good books about extreme self care. I just finished reading Dr. Lissa Rankin’s newest book The Fear Cure. Though I liked her first book Mind Over Medicine better, this one had some good points. On page 241, she says she and Rachel Naomi Remen came up with a list they consider to be “Small Self Operating Principles.” These are the fears that are...
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Where To Go In Nashville

This is not my typical blog post. Normally I write about psychology, selfcare, and counseling. But today while getting a massage, my therapist asked me where to go in Nashville. I emailed this list to her, but others might enjoy reading it too.   I’m not a Nashville expert. I went once twenty years ago, and more recently two times. Both times were to attend The Nashville Treehouse with...
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The Importance of Gezellig Moments

Many years ago my pastor was depressed. He said his doctor told him to take a mini-vacation every day. At first that shocked me but then I realized he wasn’t talking about going to a day spa or a road trip to Aspen. What his doctor was doing was telling him was the importance of self-care. There‚Äôs a Dutch word that captures what I want to convey when I refer to self care. The term is...
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