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Howdy folks!♥Anyone who creates havoc in another person's life and/or causes another pain, unpleasantness, stress, grief, etc., in my book is a MONSTER!♥"Monster"(image pending)Everywhere I go a monster tags along,No matter what I do, everything is wrong.It seems he has attached himself to my life, to me,No matter what I do, I can't of him shake free.I do not wish to slay the monster,He just needs to get a life,One that doesn't cause meAll this stress and strife.His life must be a pathetic oneIf it's so ... read more »


Greetings and welcome!♥When we're attracted to someone, it takes a lot of courage to tell them how we feel about them, if we don't know how they feel about us. It's the unknown we fear the most. But if we never get up the courage to tell them, we can't ever know if they are the one. So often two people lose/waste years that they could have been sharing their life with because of fear of how they would be received by the one they're attracted to.There is no guarantee with most everything in life. Every ne... read more »


Greetings everyone! ♥I wrote this poem in about twenty minutes one day while I was working on my Rhymetyme Blog and it's on a page there, Have a Blessed Day, instead of as a post here on Heartbeats.This poem creates an example of someone wishing another or others a blessed day, with an expression of understanding they know it's not always as easy to do as it may sound, but also suggests how another or others might accomplish actually turning a downer day into one better and feeling blessed. Oftentimes th... read more »

Across the Land

The wind was getting stronger, And the prints were too ragged, The hope was fickle, so were odds, And hapless soul was too shagged, Deaf, blind and a monk naked, As pure at heart asdiamantine, The sun was raging and sand agitated, Burning at heart searched for divine, The shadows were raging and alive, And prints were lost in storm of time, The wind was wild, with a mirage in sight, And digs too seemed like a hard climb, Hope was fading, the vision was blurred, He prayed to Lord, not to b... read more »

The Great Buts of Human Limitation

Who are you, deep down? What is it you really desire to do? What is it you’ve been putting off for years, despite the constant yearning? We all have dreams, hopes, a purpose . . .  but some of us are sitting on our buts and may never see them realized. It seems the more [] read more »

New Year, New Page, New Start

On this, the seventh day of Christmas, I received a most precious gift, as did you. I stayed in bed this morning as long as I could, savoring the opening of it the way one unwraps a much-anticipated present—instead of tearing into the wrapping, I glided my metaphorical finger just under point where the paper [] read more »

A Mom’s Prayer on National “See you at the Pole...

I parked strategically, near enough to see the small group of teens huddled around the flag pole in the rain, but far enough away that I couldn’t see my son roll his eyes if he spotted me in what was clearly his “space.” There amid the hustle and bustle of cars, buses, horns, and umbrellas, I [] read more »

A Story is Born: From the Remnants Just Released

Its official! Today Cathy Schrader and I released From the Remnants, A Story of Light and Hope. It is the true story of Cathys journey from heart-shattering brokeness to a place of healing and purpose. This book is for anyone whose faith in God has been tested by the sudden and unexplainable loss of a loved [] read more »

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Quit Looking at Me!

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl It goes far [] read more »

What the Habukkuk is Going On? The April Fool’s...

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I might have.” —Abraham Lincoln I had to take a few weeks off to regroup after my recent blog about April fools. Not that it [] read more »

You Are That Man! Hope for the One Who Feels Ov...

I’m thinking about my friend K, who is carrying a lot on his shoulders these days, and who I’m sure feels as if he’s taken on too much, certainly more than he can handle. He hasn’t come to me for advice, nor would I expect him to, as there are many other friends on his [] read more »

WE ARE SAMARIA by Kristen Heitzmann

We all know the know the story of the woman at the well. Jesus is traveling and meets this Samaritan woman who has come to draw water in the noon heat when all the other women, who might have insulted Continue reading read more »

Short Stories

bethere2day - Short Stories - Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella Short Stories read more »

Let Me Motivate You

This is a very moving, very human, and very wise use of gratitude to overcome the stuff that can bring us down if we let it. Kudos to A THOMAS for this inspiring piece. Let Me Motivate You by A. Continue reading read more »

The Christmas Movie that Gave Me Hope by Julie ...

It was 2003. We still lived in Upstate NY and the repercussions from 9/11 were moving throughout the state. My job had been eliminated from the state budget, but because I was pregnant with our second child, we knew I Continue reading read more »

That Seemingly Preposterous Peace on Earth

Hi everyone, Im so sorry to be absent for such a long time. Certain (good) priorities seem to be taking all my time lately. However, because people are asking if Im still here, I will post a favorite Christmas piece from last year. I should be back in the writing saddle next week. Until thenbe at [] read more »

Musing: Help A Child Create Happy Memories This...

I was brought up in a household with not one but two sets of parents: my mother, my father, my abbu and my chhotoma. It never occurred to me, until I was much older, that the latter were actually my uncle and aunt. In fact, they get pretty irritated whenever I call them my uncle and my aunt. They insist that they will never be anything else but abbu and chhotoma for me. The concept of a child being an orphan, to be without both a mother and a father, was alien to me…until I began to interact with the wor... read more »

Hope Through A Hurricane Makes One Heck Of a Ra...

Infertility has plagued me for as long as I was trying to have children. As teenagers,and unmarried adults, most have been preached not to have kids out of wedlock. Yet, some of us never realized how difficult it would be to create the family of our dreams while others seem to pop out babies like Tic Tacs. My husband and I experienced this stressful and heart breaking scenario as well as many of our friends. One particular friend has been trying since got married 18 years ago. She has heard diagnosis aft... read more »

Optimism on a dull, grey day.

Hello lovely ones!!I wanted to take this opportunity to offer my thanks. I have had some very lovely comments and feedback from people about my Instagram, blog and the content. It feels so good to hear that people appreciate my words and that I may have helped them in some small way, inspired or cheered them up. So thank you; and keep the comments and messages coming! Let me know how I can help out :-) Insta link:Personal InstagramIt is exactly the direction I wish to take with this here blog. I would lo... read more »


Greetings everyone, from Artsieladie! ♥Inspired by someone I held dear,One who's flame I did so revere,But all too soon his flame burned out,But his spark remains, I have no doubt. ~ Artsieladie ♥"Candle Holder"Candle Holder, where's your flame?Have you allowed dark to claim?Candle Holder, you once burned brightAnd now your flame is lost from sight.Where is thou's brilliant flameThat burned for Love with no shame?Where is thou's luminous LightThat once stole the darkest night?Why have you let your Flame ... read more »


Greetings everyone, from Artsieladie! ♥Where Love lives, hope does thrive.Humanity needs both to survive. ~ Artsieladie Quote ♥"Hope For The World Resides In Love" How can we hope for the world to change,When we aren't willing to make the exchangeOf applying Love instead of hate,Of telling Truth and of lies negate?We do wrongs we know better naught,Then get angry when we get caughtAnd then justify to avoid confessing,Blame another for our transgressing.We're ego rich, humility poorWith brain evolved, ye... read more »

The Inspiration of “I Run 4″ by Julie Arduini

In a few minutes I leave for the annual IEP meeting to determine what helps our daughter will receive in the coming year. We recently moved so it is with a new district (we attend a Christian school so my rep is the same, but the services are provided by the district.) These meetings are [] read more »

Curvy Wishes: A Fabulous Dream Come to Life?

I love to dream. I dream about a lot of things. One of those dreams is a vision I've had for a while and I hope to put into play soon. I was playing around with an App, Photogrid, and created these... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] read more »

Love Never Gives Up

I am not sure why people always seem to go towards the lowest common denominator when it comes to believing in someone. The Bible tells us to believe the best. Perhaps we need to put a delay in our thinking to process to avoid the knee jerk response that creates and causes us trouble. I Continue reading Love Never Gives Up read more »

A Must See! 23 Blast DVD #Review and #Giveaway!

What a truly awesome movie! 23 Blast is on my top movies list this year! Youve got to see this! This was an incredible story of passionate living even amidst adversity! Striving to be our best and never giving up is always something worth working hard towards, right? Well in this film you will see [] read more »

How to Find Life’s Silver Linings

There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While theres life, there is hope. -Stephen Hawking Every day we wake up we are given a fresh start. We open our eyes to a blank slate [] read more »

A New Year, A New Me Maybe

Hello! And a very belated Happy New Year to all :-) I've been, yet again, a slacker of a blogger for a few months…my only excuse is that I spent the previous few months taking my own advice [breakup wise], focusing greatly on my friends, work and the festive season, inwhich I hope everyone also enjoyed!! I really enjoyed my Christmas; it was very family oriented which is lovely when you don't always get see everyone frequently, isn't it? A couple of weeks ago I was on a course of antibiotics as I was d... read more »

Checking my labels… Part 1 Changing my negative...

Shy Homebody with Social Anxiety Life has become super busy for me. I used to prefer a laid back calendar with an engagement sprinkled here and there. A candlelight bath was my idea of a good time. Lately, Ive had Continue reading The post Checking my labels Part 1 Changing my negative self image appeared first on Return to Magic Life Balancing Center. read more »

Checking my labels… Part 1

Shy Homebody with Social Anxiety Life has become super busy for me. I used to prefer a laid back calendar with an engagement sprinkled here and there. A candlelight bath was my idea of a good time. Lately, Ive had Continue reading The post Checking my labels Part 1 appeared first on Return to Magic Life Balancing Center. read more »

Stay young forever!

I have an assorted group of friends, many are in the same age group. Mostly 30s-40s with some 20s, and 50s-80s for good measure. I have a pretty diverse group of folks and I love what they all represent. They are Continue reading The post Stay young forever! appeared first on Return to Magic Life Balancing Center. read more »

Destroy The Works Of The Enemy

The enemy of our soul is alive and well, regardless of our belief or lack of belief in him. The devil and his minions move about looking to hurt, kill and destroy. I bring this up because lately I have noticed a number of folks who were struck down by a virus or disease that [] read more »

Chocolate For A Cure

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could stuff your stocking with something that's crazy delicious, good for you, and does good for the world? Helloooooo, Jojo's Chocolate Hope. It's stevia-sweetened sugar-free dark chocolate that comes in three amazing varieties and 15% of the company's profits go to finding a cure for cancer! I love that they're actually high cacao dark chocolate, because so much dark chocolate is only 45% or 50% cacao.These have 75-79% cacao, which is really quite high! The Smooth Crimin... read more »


What gave her confidence, was a smile. A confidence fuelled by a promise: The promise though really, was only a big fat hope, Eh! And no one actually told her that! She hoped the promise would work, She promised herself, Continue reading read more »

Clouds of Darkness: Coming Out

First off, I want to apologize for not being as involved in the blog and videos as I used to be. Second, I want to thank you for following my journey and wanting to know my perspectives, thoughts, and whats going on in my life!  Thirdly, I want to explain read more »

Remembering who you are

I'm working on my AP Lang summer reading material right now (no, I am not a crammer, they told us not to start the books until August-duh) And it's by Annie Dillard, her childhood and all that. Right now I've really loved hearing her talk about "waking up" bridging the point, where, as a child you go from living each day, to remembering yesterday.Sometimes it's hard to remember things from our past. For me, it's the age of 7-13 years old that's a wee bit dodgy. But I'm not worried.While I sit here, jammi... read more »

My Breast Cancer Journey Update ... July 31, 2014

My Breast Cancer Journey Update, July 31, 2014. I saw my Oncologist, today. I am so angry, and upset, with him. All of this time, I was led to believe that if my surgeon was able to move ALL of my Cancer tumor (which she was); and if the pathology report of the lymph nodes, that were removed, proved negative (which they are) ... that I would not need any chemotherapy, or radiation. Now, today, he is going to tell me that there is one more test that needs to be done; and it is some kind of special test wh... read more »

The Opposite of Jet lag: Insomnia?

Wassabi! So, Portland, OR is 2 hours ahead of where I live-and so when I got there, I slept super well-cause I was exhausted when 11pmrolled around, but transitioning back is proving a weebit harder-my body thinks it's like 10am, all the time, so I'm like wide awake. I literally ran on 5 hours of sleep today-and I'm not tired, little irritable maybe-but no more than usual.Anyway, enough sob story about me, you want to hear about Portland, right?So, if youGoogle"Protect Portland's Children" you'll find th... read more »

My Breast Cancer Journey Update ... July 25, 2014!

My Breast Cancer Journey Update. First, I thank all of you, again, for your prayers, and support. I am trying to remain focused; and busy. It is hard. Had a visit today with my primary doctor. I was told that I have an infection (he saw a little leakage on my surgery site). He said that it isn't necessarily anything that I did, or didn't do; that it just happens, sometimes. So, I am taking some antibiotics; otherwise, he stated that everything looks as if it is healing just fine. read more »

My Breast Cancer Journey Update ... July 17, 2014!

I have just returned from my first follow-up appointment (since my surgery) with my surgeon. She removed my staples; and, in a surprise 'very painful' move, the drainage tubes. Because she is like me, a very independent woman (that likes to control things regarding HER life); she lifted all of the restrictions, that she had imposed on me (with the exception of still 'NO DRIVING!"); where I can attempt to do things, on my own ... BUT, I had to promise to, immediately, stop, when I realize that I still can... read more »

My Breast Cancer Update - July 14, 2014

At home, recovering. Started working on my Online Business, and making new Greeting Cards (One of my new cards for sale: ). I have all the time in the World, right now; since I am not allowed to do much of anything else. My body is, actually, agreeing ... I get tired, so easily. According to my Home Care Health Nurse, I am healing beautifully. Now, that I no longer have the numbing medication attached; I am... read more »

Breast Cancer Update ... July 11, 2014

I did have my surgery on July 9th ... obviously, it went well; I am communicating with you, right now. I'm on my computer. Was very adamant about not staying in the hospital. They did keep me for one day, though. The surgeon, after making me agree to a whole bunch of restrictions ... no driving, no cooking, a lot of bed rest, home health care, etc., did discharge me, yesterday. Since being home, I have been doing a lot of sleeping ... I am just so tired.I am still in the early stages of recovering; I hav... read more »

July 9, 2014 ... Breast Cancer Update.

Have to check in at 6:45 a.m., for surgery. Please, keep me, my girls, and the rest of my family, in prayer. God bless! read more »

July 2, 2014 Cancer Update! Now, Just Waiting O...

Well, blood work completed! Also, received a little more good news; assuming that the surgery go well, etc. ... and, that is that I will be able to go home the same day (of course, I'm supposed to go straight to bed). Previously, I was told that I had to remain at the hospital for, at least, one night. Then, a nurse would be coming to my house, every day, to check my vitals, change my dressing, etc. I figure that it is, really, because the Insurance Company informed them that they prefer to not pay for a... read more »

The “No Checking Out” Line

No checking out. This morning as I was thinking about dreams, visions, hope and such, I felt the words begin to form, “You can’t check out”. I began to ponder it and think what does this mean. Many years ago in my first marriage, I remember an older man saying “you two can handle the [] read more »

Cancer Update June 25, 2014 ... Wow! I might ha...

I just saw my Primary doctor, yesterday, June 25, 2014. And, assuming that my surgeon is able to remove the whole tumor; my Primary said that the Oncologist said that I will NOT have to have Chemo, or Radiation! This is, partly, due to my health history, also; and it is his preference to not have to go there, if at all possible. However, I don't know about those pills, that they had told me about, though; I, actually, prefer to take them if they will help prevent a re-occurence. #PRAISEGOD read more »

HOPE Is Still Alive! ... My Cancer Update June ...

Well, I guess that you can say I received some good news, today. I had a P.E.T. Scan, on Friday; it was ordered by my Oncologist, who I did not see, yet, for the results. However, I did see my surgeon, today; one of my Doctors, that I had asked them to, also, send the results to. She said that from the notes, that she could make out, that the Cancer did NOT spread; and she set a tentative surgery date, for July 9th ... after she verified from me, exactly, what my wishes are. ‪#‎ForWeWalkByFaithNotBySight... read more »

Where Does My Hope Come From?

Too often in our lives we are confronted with the idea that we don’t count. That what we do does not matter. The last week I watched yet one more crazy incident affect the lives of neighbors, school children and a community. The issue is not the incident itself but the feeling of hopelessness that [] read more »

Kids have many needs

May 27,2014 1:26The kids in Uganda deal with so much like what I have written out below.Several stories pop out like the girl whotold me she can't always take both sugar and soapto boarding school so she takes just soap as she has to have it to wash her clothes.Even if school fees are covered kids still have so many needs. School shoes are a big onebecause of all the walking most do inmuddy slippery conditions the shoes wear out fast. $15-$20 is beyond what most families can afford to pay for shoes when ... read more »

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