Podcast Episode 13: Vintage New Year Conversations

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Just when you think January is lingering far too long due to crippling cold days and traffic snarling snowstorms, spring is sprung, summer warms to distraction, and autumn leaves fall, speeding us headlong into, yet, another new year and the prospects of January 1st once again. [Tweet "Why does it seem the year flits by in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Rant on the Red, White, and Blue

Rant on the Red, White, and Blue

Have you seen the news? I am appalled--but not surprised. Mostly, my heart is breaking. Allow me the luxury of a rant . . . I wrote the following post a week before the tragedy and failure of our nation's elite leadership, on July 5th. On that day these "elected" individuals publicly exposed what reasonable, God-fearing, right-thinking people have … [Read more...]

Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

PROVIDEN'TIAL, adjective Effected by the providence of God; referable to divine providence; proceeding from divine direction or superintendence; as the providential contrivance of things; a providential escape from danger. How much are we indebted to God's unceasing providential care! Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the English Language I … [Read more...]

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman’s Heart

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman's Heart

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets. That means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood.  So, I had to "bring out the girls." That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of lovely … [Read more...]

How to Make a Cameo Impression

Cameo Impressions

Some things never change. Like my own love of old things and the stories they tell. Pictures from my childhood record my efforts to make my 1960's attire look Victorian. I wanted to look like the Gibson Girl of the 1890's, though I didn't have the hair for it. I was fascinated by sketches of fashion and beauty in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, … [Read more...]

New Word~New Year~Part 2: Go Forth!

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Week 2 of 2016 already has my head in a tailspin and my anxiety levels tempted to overload.  Last week, in Part 1 of the introduction to my word for the new year, I explained how I "got my joy back in 2015" with a review of past years, their words, and the lessons learned along the way. My 2015 journey to walk in Unbridled Joy was almost a … [Read more...]

Ruby for Women Holiday 2015 Issue

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Cup of tea--CHECK! Cozy chair--CHECK! Digital reader or laptop--CHECK! [Tweet "You're all ready for a little reading retreat with Ruby for Women's Holiday 2015 e-magazine!"] I am honored to be a contributing writer and on the blogging team for Ruby for Women--a community of Christian women writing inspirational, devotional, and lifestyle … [Read more...]

My Ruby for Women Debut

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I can't be more excited this week to finally see the Autumn 2015 issue of the Ruby for Women e-zine! Of course, the cover is dreamy with a stunning harvest image that you can almost smell fall just by looking at it. And, there is an incredible Pumpkin Patch spread with recipe links to the queen of all fall goodies! Sumptuous! Poetry and eye … [Read more...]

Glowing Gracefully Gray: 5 Reasons Why I Ditched the Hair Dye

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“Get the tweezers, girls! Who wants to pluck my grays?” Mom laid her dark brown tresses on the arm of the sofa as she reclined with her book in hand awaiting our answer. My sister and me drew straws to see who got hair plucking duty that day. Mom was in her early thirties, but already concerned about the gray invasion—a harbinger of age … [Read more...]

Patriots in the Pink!

As we gather together from sea to shining sea this weekend for fireworks, fellowship, and flag waving celebrating our nation's birth, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the "pertinent pinks" that were a major contributor to the mission of independence our Founding Fathers embarked upon. Hence - our Founding Mothers! Abigail Adams … [Read more...]

Hats Off to the Ladies!

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets - and that means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited me to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood. So, I had to "bring out the girls".  That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of … [Read more...]