Review: The Keeper of Lost Things

»Posted by on Nov 6, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

We’ve all done it. Set things down or dropped them without knowing and “bam”, it’s lost. Sometimes you happen across it later, but many times it is lost forever. Some members of my family loose things – such as car keys – on a daily basis. That’s why when I saw the title of this book at the library it intrigued me. Reading the inside cover my intrigue grew, Anthony has sought consolation from the long-ago loss of his fiancée by lovingly rescuing lost objects – the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind. And thus, began my journey with Anthony Peardew, (writer, author and keeper of lost things), and his assistant Laura, (recently divorced and somewhat lost herself).  We are treated to a sample of some of the eclectic “findings” which...

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A New Journey to Dementia

»Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

It has been a rough couple of weeks. I’m sure you all can relate. Too much to do, too many places to go. For us, we moved ourselves and then a week later moved my elderly parents. Our whole family is now closer which is wonderful – but getting here was killer. We are beginning a new journey of dementia. I need peace. Driving down the road on a crisp, fall, sunny morning, I felt tired; emotionally and physically. I glanced at the craggy mountains that surround our little Central Washington valley. Sunlight glistened off a fresh new dusting of snow. Snow? In October? It was beautiful and took my breath away. Nature spoke. “I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. indeed, he who...

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Change Happens

»Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Blog, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Change happens. No matter our situation in life there are always moments and passages of change that affect us. Sometimes change comes and hits us over the head like the strong man hammer at the carnival. It totally rings our bell! But, sometimes change quietly sneaks in and softly slides into the vacant seat next to us on the bus. It is so subtle we almost don’t notice it. Yes, change happens in various and different ways for each of us. It can be brought on by outside forces beyond our control, or it can be the result of our own choices and decisions. Either way, what happens next when we are face-to-face with change is what shapes and defines who we are. Maya Angelou says, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your...

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Plague of the White Rabbit

»Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Personal Stories | 4 comments

Authors note: Obviously, I am still struggling to take my own advice. I originally wrote this over a year ago and am just now getting time to post it. Note to self…need more time balance! Lately, my life is consumed with the plague of the white rabbit. Meaning, I am pretty much always shouting, “I’m late. I’m late. For a very important date.” Or task. Or deadline. No matter how fast I move; how many things I cross off my task list; no matter how late I go to bed and how early I get up, it seems there is always more that needs to be done. When did our lives get so hectic?  You would think with an overabundance of technology and time saving tools and appliances at our very fingertips, we would have time to lay around basking in a life of relaxing, memorable moments...

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Reading to Write

»Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures | 0 comments

I had always heard that to be a great writer, you need to be a great reader. But, with so many things going on in my life, I could not seem to find time to truly sit down and read.  It was not a lack of desire, it was a lack of understanding of how something so simple could make such a huge impact on my life. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” — George R. R. Martin It is true, that when you read, you open yourself up to new worlds, new situations and new thoughts.  This year, I challenged myself to read one book a week for the whole year. That’s fifty-two more books than I’ve read over the past five years.  I wasn’t sure I could do it, but my whole “life goal” for 2018 was to challenge myself to step out of...

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Top Five Tech Travel Items

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Whether you are traveling international or just across the state, here are a few tech items that you must be sure are included in your purse or bag. Phone: Every time I travel I take fewer and fewer items. But the one thing I rely on the most is my phone.  Currently, I carry a Samsung 6, but whatever model or carrier, make sure it has the best possible picture taking capabilities.  On my last trip, I did not even take my little digital camera. I shot everything on my phone camera.  It has great features, resolution and zoom options, as well as that “must have” selfie ability.  I keep my phone switched to airplane mode when I travel to avoid any accidental data charges on my phone plan. I only use it with wifi at night to send my daily picture blog to friends and...

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