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Know Yourself There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” -Benjamin Franklin  Seems simple, right? You look in the mirror everyday and you recognize your face. You think you know yourself. I think that self-awareness is a spiritual process and often takes a lifetime. Some will tell you that […]


Habits Have Power I’m trying to create a few new habits. At my age (no, not telling you) it is no easy task. Benjamin Franklin was spot on when he said, “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” Have you considered changing a habit? You probably know what it is you […]


Have you set priorities in your life? We have more choices today than women did when my mother was young, for example. When I was in college young ladies generally majored in nursing, teaching, or something in the secretarial field. Now we have so many choices it can be confusing. The definition of a priority […]


Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.   – Tom Stoppard Looking at fall leaves in New England is a joy. Colors are vivid and varied and cover the hillsides. The underside of an autumn maple leaf is subtle, yet beautiful. I like the color, but I’ve never before looked at the flip […]

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Are Your Vulnerable?    The summer had been too eventful. I felt like I was on the verge of cracking like thin ice. First Damon, my nine-year-old’s appendix ruptured and he came near to death. I never left his side. After complications he recovered more quickly than I did-emotionally. Soon after he could travel my […]

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I spend lots of time with my cousin, Ann, when I was a young girl. Her mother, my aunt, kept everything in her home as neat as a pin. I thought this was great. My mother was much less organized. Organizing gave me a sense of control and I liked it. I especially liked not […]


Live Your Life Courageously This review of my book meant a lot to me because my personal life goal is to encourage and empower women. If my own experiences and life lessons can do that, I’m thrilled. This book is simple and an easy read. It is also loaded with lessons learned that can apply […]

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Are You Empowered? Empowerment is a buzzword these days. But what is it really? In our acronym SMORE, Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered, the last word is empowered. Empowerment deals with taking control of life circumstances, exercising power to achieve goals, and the process by which you are able to help yourself and others […]

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How to Find Meaning Do you feel that your life has meaning? I hope so. You see, I think every life has meaning, though the meaning varies greatly from person to person. I also believe that it is futile to figure it all out. People seem to like assigning events to God and giving him […]

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Click title below for video Gail talks about the Enneagram Related post: Who Are You? The Enneagram is a valuable tool for self awareness-essential for spiritual growth. Before you resist and suspect the enneagram of being something like a horoscope, let’s learn a little about this very old and unique way of studying our God-given […]