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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Anniversary Time!

»Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog, Heartfelt Treasures | 0 comments

January 20th marked the three-year anniversary of Connie’s Corner.  If you’d like to read my very first post as I launched this website, here is the link. Just a little walk down memory lane. In that blog, I introduced myself and shared a little bit about my life and my purpose for having embarked on the whole website / blog journey. So much has changed in my life since then. My kids have both found their life loves and thus I now have three grandchildren and a soon to be daughter-in-law. I am no longer working as a museum director. That change came about a few months after I posted that first-ever blog.  While I miss my job, my friends and the challenges of running a thriving historical non-profit organization, I wake up every morning knowing that leaving was...

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Do You Have a Dream?

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Heartfelt Treasures | 0 comments

I Have a Dream. Quite possibly the most famous four-word phrase in the history of the 20th Century. I am sure that across America, students are using this phrase as a class writing assignment this week when they study Martin Luther King.  His speech was and is, a significant and powerful part of American history and his words live on today. But, for us personally, what does it mean when we say those words. I have a dream. Dreams are a real event in our life of something that may or may not happen. A dream is like clouds. You can’t control its content. It is there, but you can’t hold it in your hand. You can’t capture it for later. You can’t even snap a picture of your dream. It exists for you and you alone inside your mind, heart and soul. So, what is your dream?...

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Day of Dread

»Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Family Treasures | 0 comments

  I hate this day. Every year it comes around. It’s inevitable. You can’t avoid it. Today is the day, and I hate it. Today, I must take down my Christmas tree and put away the holiday décor. As I sit here on my comfy leather sofa with my morning cup of coffee, the snow glistening white outside, the fire glowing; I know what must be done. Why then, is it so hard? My friends are gleefully posting on Facebook that they are so excited their house is back to normal with all the Santa figures and snow globes boxed up and safely stashed for the rest of the year. But me? I sit in silence dreading the moment that I touch the first ornament and put it away. Which will be first? Where do I start? Maybe it will be the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament from 1985; the year our...

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To Blog or Not To Blog! That is a question?

»Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Heartfelt Treasures | 2 comments

  Today is a special day. I am celebrating the two-year anniversary of Connie’s Corner. It pretty-much snuck up on me, and seeing this milestone date pop up on my calendar caused me to pause and take a moment from my busy schedule to reflect a bit. Why did I start my Connie’s Corner blog website? What was I hoping to accomplish? Have I reached any of the writing and speaking goals that I set for myself two years ago when I when I started down this pathway? Have I improved my quality life and affected the life of those around me in some positive manner? These were all questions that have been churning around in my head all week as the anniversary date crept closer and closer. The easiest question to answer, is the why. Why did I decide to start a blog page?...

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