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An Attitude of Gratitude

Are you tired of triple-digit heat and strangling humidity? Is your summer dragging by? Gas prices are at unreasonable levels and grocery store totals take our breath away. It is difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude, isn’t it?On social media, opinions are flaunted like truth and non-issues become points of division. Lines are drawn...

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OMGoodness! Did you hear…?

“Oh my goodness! Did you hear…?”Such a statement prompts us to lean in and listen carefully before we add unsolicited advice about the juicy gossip revealed. We may be at a backyard barbecue with friends and family, or in the bleachers during a ball game. Wherever people gather, gossip weasels its way into conversations.Did you hear about…? Do...

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Who Are Your Influencers?

Several years ago, I was challenged to create a Wall of Influence - basically a list of people who influenced my life in a positive way. Who made me who I am? Who do I value and respect? Who do I want to emulate? Whose advice will I always treasure? Influence is defined – loosely – as the capacity of one person to produce effects in another;...

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Live Today but Give Voice to the Past

Last week, I spoke to some awesome fellow writers at Heart of America Christian Writers Network in the Kansas City area, telling of my ghostwriting experiences and encouraging them to write what I call mini-memoirs. Two of the five books I've published in three years are ghostwritten memoirs: Harvest of Joy and Lost Child of Greece. Writing a...

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50-Year Friendships

Some friendships are meant to last forever. Ours is one, and I'm so thankful! I am blessed with many such friends and love each one - even those I don't get to see very often - like Donna. But, what is it that makes a friendship lasting? Shared experiences? Mutual respect? Commonalities? Prayer support through decades of crises and...

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Let it GO!

“Let minor differences and personal preferences, if there be such, go to the winds.” Abraham Lincoln  1 When Jim and I were young parents, we were advised to choose our battles wisely. In other words, don’t make a big deal out of something that isn’t a big deal. There will be REALLY big deals to tackle later. That was (and is) good advice....


Welcome, I’m Elaine. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, a choreographer of words, a challenger of the status quo, an admirer of all things colorful, and a lover of life who finds great comfort and joy in knowing I’m completely adequate to do whatever it is God calls me to do!

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