Acts of Kindness

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A friend shared this little story via Facebook the other day. There was no attribution, so I have no way of knowing where it originated and can’t give credit. It’s worth reading: As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. … Continued

One of Those Days?

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We all have them. Worse, sometimes it isn’t just a single day…it’s a week. Maybe more. Nothing seems to go your way. Stuck in one of those ruts? I read the quote below attributed to Henry Ford a while back and loved it. It’s a great analogy – and a nice reminder about perseverance and staying … Continued

Honor Godparents with a Special Baptism Day Keepsake

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So baptism day is approaching, and you’d like to show appreciation to your baby’s sponsors by presenting them with something special….a keepsake to mark the occasion. If photo mugs, keychains and picture frames aren’t exactly what you’ve got in mind, we may have just the thing for you. (Interestingly, it was this sort of scenario … Continued

On Attitude

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is, to me, more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift or … Continued

Opportunities to Help

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“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” ~Sally Koch How true! It can be as small as giving a warm smile to someone. Seemingly inconsequential gestures sometimes have great impact. We may not know about the trials a person is facing…what sort of bad news they may have … Continued

Service Organization Volunteer Appreciation

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Volunteering is fundamental to many service organizations; contributions of time and talents make it possible to fulfill the mission. If you’re looking for a way to thank your volunteers, check out our collection of personalized service appreciation plaques. Each one is created from premium museum-quality materials, yet they’re modestly priced. And if you’d like to … Continued

Beauty Is God’s Handwriting – Look For It!

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I love this idea…that beauty is God’s handwriting. One of the great gifts of landscape photography is a heightened appreciation for the natural world. Because good images depend on the right conditions as well as strong compositions, the outdoor photographer is attuned to the light and to subtle changes in the wind or shifts in … Continued

Got Fear?

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Sometimes the hits just keep on coming… You get stuck in a period where every day seems to bring with it another piece of bad news. Maybe you’ve got a lingering illness. Perhaps there are financial worries. You receive a series of bad test results. Whatever it is, things seem to be piling on. There … Continued

I Am Third

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If you’re old enough to have watched the great Gayle Sayers play football, you might also remember his autobiography, I Am Third. The book’s title comes from Sayers’ personal credo: “The Lord is first, my friends are second, and I am third.” Linda Byler’s quote below is another twist on the same wonderful theme: By the … Continued

Count Your Blessings

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That’s actually a song lyric (Irving Berlin’s name probably gave that away). Bing Crosby sang it. Do you know the film? It’s from White Christmas. In many households, it’s a holiday tradition to view that classic movie. That’s certainly the case for me! Ironically, though, if someone were to try to get that film produced … Continued

My Most Unforgettable Character

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Do you remember “My Most Unforgettable Character” from Readers’ Digest? It was a staple of the magazine when I was a kid. The portraits of people who were sometimes intriguing, sometimes unusual, and often heartwarming were always interesting to read. I don’t think I can select just one “unforgettable character” in my life. Without hesitation, though, I can … Continued