Looking for Angel Letters!

This is the season for harkening to angel songs, believing—even joyfully—the warmth, comfort, healing and optimism offered by the angels, the sense that everything is goingto be all right, and that with all our doubts, inadequacies and fears we, too, are all right. We are perfect just the way...

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Thanksgiving Thoughts from Sophy!

It is Thanksgiving week, and I am late with offering my few words before the T-Day feast of gladness that we are called to, because in the last weeks it feels as if all I’ve done is attend memorial services (three in three days; others earlier). Each service took...

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Holiday New Orleans Spinach!

2 pkg. Frozen chopped spinach 1 large pkg. Cream cheese (8 oz.) 1 stick of margarine, divided in half grated rind of one lemon Pepperidge Farm dressing crumbs (herb seasoned) Blend cream cheese, ¼ stick of margarine and lemon rind.  Cook spinach according to directions.  Drain well. Squeeze out...

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Strange Intuitions: Spirits and Ghosts

   Every October, with its falling leaves and brilliant colors, I’m reminded of my father’s death: October 30 the night before Halloween. My mother had died three years earlier, leaving our father, stroke-ridden, in our house. What was curious, whenever I visited Daddy, I could feel my mother in...

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October Wind

Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. An opal is an amazing stone of iridescent colors. It can pick up the colors around it. Just like October, there is an array of vibrant colors surrounding us. Red, yellow, orange, rust, gold, and green cover the hillsides...

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Freedom of Choice and The Two Wolves

   How quickly my opinions change. One moment I am sneering at Michael Cohen, the President’s long-time lawyer and fixer, a hired hand whom we see dipping his fingers in the milk of corruption, sipping from a bowl that is growing larger and larger as he sits before it...

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Wisdom, Rubies, and the Female Principle!

Perhaps because of my name and its derivation (philo-sophy: the love of wisdom), I have a special relationship with wisdom. I remember when I was a teenager that my prayer — with heart-yearning anguish — was “To Understand.” “Understand what?” someone might have asked, had I opened the secret...

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Celebrate Liberty!

          Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)  For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  For the United States of America, Independence Day, July 4th, is a family celebration.There are bar-b-ques, picnics, parades, and fireworks.  From small town USA to New York’s Macy’s and Washington D.C.’s spectacular fireworks...

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Summer Savers!

There are definitely “summer savers” that restore our hearts, minds, and bodies. These are places such as the beach, the mountains, another village or town with friends or family, and new opportunities for learning and sharing. I have discovered that each time I travel or experience one of these,...

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Janine’s Interview with Sophy Burnham!

Sophy Burnham is the author of “A Book of Angels”, “The Art of Intuition”, “The Path of Prayer”, “For Writer’s Only”, “Falling Lovestruck”: The God Poems, “Love Melba”, and many more!! Janine: What inspired as well as motivated you (Sophy) to become a writer? What  “spoke” to your heart...

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Flying HIgh

John 3: 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. (NIV) As the March winds approach, it brings fond memories of childhood. Running freely with...

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Bits and Pieces

Lou is my very dear, elderly friend who is almost like a second mother to me.  She is now 88 years old and still very active.  Her husband had a military career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, and they have lived in more states than I have room...

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Easy Chocolate Strawberries

These are super easy and a quick special dessert for Valentine’s Day. Ingredients: Fresh Strawberries (make sure they have the leaves, for holding) Dipping Chocolate (it comes in a microwaveable container) various toppings: nuts, toffee, chocolate chips Directions: Lay out the strawberries on a cookie sheet with parchment or...

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Making Memories!

When I automatically set the table for dinner, it never occurs to me that I have to prepare not only the “plate” upon which the food is placed but that I am actually creating the environment in which eating together makes memories. Which is to say that how and...

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Beautiful Christmas Eve

“For unto us a child is born. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (King James) In December of 2007, the Knoxville Choral Society had the opportunity to travel to Israel. The concert tour was entitled: “Prepare the...

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A Christmas Past

This month I defer to another author, Vanessa, from “At The Picket Fence” blog.  I confess that I avoided blogs for several years, unsure if I actually wanted to spend any of my precious (and rare) spare time there.  I finally decided that I would limit myself to two blogs,...

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Crunchy Frostbite Cookies

These are a great light cookie for the winter, it works as a gift or just to have around the house. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup shortening 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed light...

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Pumpkin Pie

This is a bit more complicated than the recipe on the can of pumpkin but the flavors of the pumpkin and spices really come out. Ingredients: 1 partially baked 9″ pie crust 2 cups (16 oz) plain canned pumpkin 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2...

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Finding Our Purpose!

  The last couple of weeks I have been struggling with remembering the Sovereignty of God. Thus speaks the ego of one who loves to be “in control.”  One Sunday I came across much comfort in the book of Colossians. I began to realize that life is truly all...

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Prayer for Personal Peace

Let me be at peace within myself. Let me accept that I am profoundly loved and never need to be afraid. Let me be aware of the source of being that is common to us all and to all living creatures. Let me be filled with the presence of...

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Experiencing Scotland

In late January of this year, I embarked on my biggest journey yet: studying abroad for a semester in Scotland. After months and months of planning, filling out paperwork, and making sure every little detail was taken care of, I was more than ready to hop on a plane...

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The Beauty of the Earth

As I reflect upon the earth, I think of all the amazing photographs from space. What spectacular sights the astronauts have seen. From John Glenn first orbiting the earth; Neil Armstrong, landing on the moon with the famous quote, “One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind.” and Scott...

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Blessings for Pets (and other Creatures)

“O Supreme Spirit of Creation, from Your sacred breath came forth birds and beasts, fish and fowl, creatures of such variety and beauty that we are continuously amazed at Your divine imagination. These children of Yours have been blessed by You, their Creator, with simplicity, beauty and a cosmic...

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Ethical Dreams for the Family!

A More Personal Side to Estate Planning Estate planning is a topic that conjures thoughts of spacious estates, jewelry, taxes and other financial matters. Yet, estate planning is really about our loved ones and providing for them in the event of our death or disability. When viewed in that...

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Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy is something that I always identify with summer and the beach. My dad’s family lives around the Philadelphia area so we would go to Ocean City, New Jersey for a week in the summer. The boardwalk has stores selling salt water taffy about every ten feet....

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Blessings for Pets (and other Creatures)

“O Supreme Spirit of Creation, from Your sacred breath came forth birds and beasts, fish and fowl, creatures of such variety and beauty that we are continuously amazed at Your divine imagination. These children of Yours have been blessed by You, their Creator, with simplicity, beauty and a cosmic...

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Strawberry-Orange Shortcake Tart

Amazingly easy and a great summer treat! Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup plain yellow cornmeal 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon orange marmalade 16 ounces fresh...

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