Gratitude Improves Health

I hope it is true that gratitude improves health. This week I’m struggling to generate gratitude. Another week, another setback in the book launching business. The place my publisher uses to print books had to close temporarily to deep clean the shop because someone tested positive for COVID-19. This is setting them back several weeks on their projects. It’s like waiting on a tarmac for permission to take off and having to accept there is […]

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Mary Brewster, Matriarch of the Mayflower

The execution of Mary Queen of Scots played a role in the life of Mary Brewster. Allow me to introduce you to this remarkable, though less famous, Mary. I consider her the Matriarch of the Mayflower. Being in her early 50s when she sailed, she was one of the older passengers. She devoted her entire adult life to taking care of others. Early Years Mary Brewster grew up in in Northern England. Though genealogists have not […]

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Unemployment Day 2020

Perhaps we should rename Labor Day 2020 as Unemployment Day 2020. The day came and went in a COVID-19 world that has destroyed dreams, plans, and any hope of economic stability for far too many people. Efforts to contain the highly contagious, and too often deadly, virus has meant closing businesses. This has left, depending on various sources, between an estimated 18 to 30 million people contenting with unemployment and bills they cannot pay. COVID […]

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Great Opportunities from Impossible Situations

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Charles Swindell This quote describes 2020 so far. As of today (August 21) summer 2020 is two-thirds over, which seems a suitable time for a Summer Summary. What a surreal time this is. For the most part I stay home – partly because my age calls for extra caution to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19, and partly because everything I […]

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Pandemic Lessons to be Learned?

The pandemic continues to infect increasing numbers of people over the summer 0f 2020. As part of my #ListenLearnLove blog series I asked my former pastor, Kerry Nelson, to chime in with his thoughts about Pandemic Lessons to be Learned? He was my pastor when I first moved back to Houston in 2004. He’s since moved on to another congregation, but his insights continue to inspire me. Thank you Pastor Nelson for this guest blog. […]

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