Seasonal Challenges

    I’ve lived here almost 25 years and don’t remember the temps ever dropping below zero. Ever. Ten minutes ago I sat down with a cup of hot coffee and now – even it is cold. I hear the trickle of water around my house as every faucet drips. An old raised house is so vulnerable to freezing pipes.
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The Present

My last post ( My Christmas Story ) talked about the journey I have walked through healing from the loss I have encountered at Christmas time. I mentioned this is the first year I have put up a tree and several people asked me for a picture of it. I have loved having a Christmas tree back in my life. It’s not
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My Christmas Story

The lowly in spirit. The crushed spirits. If we look around in the crowds we will see them. On the fringes. Hugging the corners. Working very hard to convince themselves that they are indeed invisible. Christmas is so hard. For so many. For so many reasons. For years now it has brought unimaginable sadness to my brokenness. Yet, in that
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Hospitality Thoughts

I posted my thoughts about Hospitality every day this week on Instagram. You can follow me and my adventures there @jlikestogo. Hospitality has been extended to me around the world. It might look different in every place we sit, but if we think about it – isn’t it about the people sitting across from us, beside us and around us?
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Plugged In

  International travel always requires the adapters to be packed with the chargers necessary to keep everything up and running. Funny thing is there are so many different types, I have to check to be sure I have the exact one to work in each country. Even so, there are times I get into places that nothing seems to work.
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Smiling Eyes

  We settled in our chairs, sitting in the middle of the rice fields, somewhere in eastern India and the people came. First, the women and children and soon after, the men gathered around the edges. The smell of something burning overwhelmed our sense of smell. Maybe rice fields were being burned off, but the pungent, stinging air was really
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Ripples In The Reflections

  Early one morning, I drove out Lake Road which runs alongside the Tchefuncte River. It was an unusually calm morning on the river. Seldom do I catch it “glassy”. I pulled over near the edge, looking for the perfect picture to go with a “reflections” post that has been on my mind. Sudden movement caught my eye and I
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It Is Well

  The song, “It Is Well With My Soul”, was written in 1873 by Horatio G. Stafford.  Almost 125 years ago, I wonder what was going on in his life at the time he wrote this. My awareness of my soul status heightens when there is so much chaos in the world around me. Life continues to present struggle after
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Katrina Meets Harvey

  Here’s something I have learned about life. Moments come and go. Some are forever forgotten. Some are earmarked for celebration year after year as long as we walk this earth. Many, we wish to forget.  I can easily make a list of ten things that will always be with me. Thing is – those “things” tend to shift priority
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I See Your Mountains

  I love sharing my adventures and journeys through photographs. Anyone who spends any time with me knows I’m always looking for the beauty surrounding me. My pictures reflect what I see. They do not reflect what’s going on in me and around me. I never want to mislead anyone to think my life is . . . pardon the
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