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What in the World….

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Does it seem like we are having more catastrophes in the world (not sure I spelled that right, but spell check didn’t notice). Endtimes said more weather changes. I know ther4e have always been earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc, but we are having them more frequently. Maybe God is trying to get our attention.

Or…it could be my imagination.

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-SEVEN- 6/1/2013 2:13AM

    I think we've done a horrible job protecting our Earth, and this is the result.

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CAT125 5/31/2013 1:47PM

    It's in the Bible.

Matthew 24:6-8
New International Version (NIV)

6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

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STLOUISWOMAN 5/31/2013 9:34AM

    I totally agree with you on this one. Hopefully, some people will recognize it & wake up before it's too late.

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GODZDESIGN95 5/31/2013 7:55AM

    I agree if you are of faith in Christ. His coming is nearing then we think. I got my ticket. It is sad and I feel feel for those who were in the storms way. Prayers.

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BARCLE 5/31/2013 2:49AM

    Certainly there are more being reported, that's for sure

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TERRY0217 5/30/2013 11:25PM

    I think you're right...I've had this same feeling for awhile now...I think the good Lord is trying to get our attention and we're not listening!! and too..the media is right there also! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRADDIE 5/30/2013 11:02PM

    I think it's media...we HEAR more about everything than we ever did before and social media has it to us in seconds vs hours or days

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TWINKS55 5/30/2013 10:10PM

    emoticon Heavenly Father and Mother Nature are not happy with the way we are treating this world. We reap what we sow. May we take heed before its too late to turn things around. emoticon

emoticon Truly not just your imagination.

emoticon Dianne

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 5/30/2013 10:08PM

    I was thinking global warming - nobody is pretending is doesnt exist anymore....

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HHB4181 5/30/2013 9:51PM

    no, I was just thinking that today....

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Positively Positive

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
Willie Nelson

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Zig Ziglar

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
Joyce Brothers

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.
Joel Osteen

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NORTHERNGAL68 5/27/2013 9:58PM

    So true, thank you for sharing them. ps. I love Eeyore

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PATTYKLAVER 5/27/2013 7:06AM

    I love the quotes. I will put some of them in my quote journal that I keep. I love your background.

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KACAR51 5/26/2013 8:00PM

    So true! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/26/2013 12:16PM

    Thanks for the positive reminders. Made me smile this morning.

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NBARNES 5/26/2013 10:01AM

    Well, it seems that you're pretty much always positive so that seems to be your daily mantra! emoticon

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LEANNAW4 5/26/2013 9:50AM

    Such a positive start to my day! Thank you for sharing!

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BARCLE 5/25/2013 10:18PM


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IRISHMUM3 5/25/2013 9:28PM

    Love these!

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LOPEYP 5/25/2013 8:30PM


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1MIN17SECB412PM 5/25/2013 8:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
***L*O*V*E*** Einstein's quote!!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 5/25/2013 8:13PM


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Got Pixie Cut today

Friday, May 24, 2013

My hair was short to begin with and aft4r I wash this out, it won't be as poofy. Just don't have the knack of a beautician. But, I can do it better than i used to, thank goodness for gel and hair spray.

Also have my new eye glasses.

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TWINKS55 5/30/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon you look fantastic!!


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-SEVEN- 5/28/2013 7:54AM

    Courti, it's adorable!! And I love your new glasses too. Many good wishes to you, and I am thinking of you and sending prayers for you and DH today. Just get through it, sweetheart. Much love-
Seven emoticon

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ANYA_ONION 5/25/2013 7:45AM

    Cuter than cute! emoticon

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STLOUISWOMAN 5/24/2013 10:29PM

    You look great. I really like your new 'do'.

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HHB4181 5/24/2013 8:42PM

    looks great!!!

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KACAR51 5/24/2013 8:36PM

    Really cute! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/24/2013 7:16PM

    Looks great on you! WOOHOO!

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GODZDESIGN95 5/24/2013 12:26PM

    wow what a cutie you are!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 5/24/2013 11:46AM

    You are CUTE no matter what you wear, my Courti!! I read (somewhere) that women generally cut their hair:
1. after breaking up
2. after getting married
3. after getting pregnant
4. after having a baby
5. when they get older
And some say it's a sign of FREEDOM. Others say it's a sign of REBELLION or a quick and manageable lifestyle.

There's haters of long hair *out*here* too, but... I love my long hair most of the time, but not if I'm working out, so it gets pulled up into a ponytail or braided, and NOT when I'm outside or swimming, so it gets pinned up and tucked into my sunhat in my garden.

I've had pixies and don't plan to have 'em anymore, even though I've been told I'm 'cute' in them. Must be the 'mother' chopping off my hair when I WANTED it to be long hair, that could have some psychological thing to 'do' with it...

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STLADEE 5/24/2013 10:02AM

    Very Cute Court! looking good!

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FELINA 5/24/2013 9:28AM

    Love it ! Looks great !

I have a pixie cut too, have worn it that way for years, a little shorter than yours. It is so easy to take care of ! Wash and go ! You'll love it !


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NBARNES 5/24/2013 9:19AM

    Adorable :)

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    It look so cute! Love the glasses too!

I was wondering if you were feeling pretty good - new glasses and a new haircut!


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M0MTH3W1TCH 5/24/2013 8:32AM

  I like it! I like it! You have such a beautiful face for it - it looks great on you!

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DAP1313 5/24/2013 8:11AM

    I love it! I get mine cut like Jaime Lee Curtis now. I love having my hair short.


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PEGGYO 5/24/2013 7:31AM

    I love short hair

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CAT125 5/24/2013 6:57AM

    emoticon Courti! Love it!!

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SHIITAKE 5/24/2013 6:17AM

Love the hairdo.....you're looking good, lady ! Lol emoticon

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ALYSSAR2012 5/24/2013 2:37AM

    It looks really nice!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/24/2013 12:59AM

    Looks great! emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 5/24/2013 12:50AM


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SparkCoach - Blog for Tue. 5/21/13

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Is anyone using the SparkCoach system?
I debated, but I’m on enough teams and trying to keep up with the challenges.

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AMARILYNH 5/26/2013 11:10AM

    I too only started using it because I got 3 months free with 'The Spark Solution' but I may continue when my free time is over. It doesn't take a lot of time and I'm finding the 'program' portion very helpful. I was already tracking and being a part of the spark community, so those are no big deal. But I love to learn new things and while some of this I already learned, I AM learning new things. Knowledge is Power!!!

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NBARNES 5/23/2013 2:01PM

    I'm with you - and I'm really only on ONE team right now! So glad to see you for the summer emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/22/2013 11:18AM

    I am basically using it because I got it free for buying The Spark Solution. I will not continue when the free portion is up.

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KACAR51 5/22/2013 8:25AM

    I am using Spark Coach. There really isn't much that it requires. The first page Gives you a small intro to the days topic and a visualization to do. The next page is a check in to see how your day went (record how exercise, eating went for the day) The third page is a video to watch, or tips to read, the fourth page is tracking goals, the fifth page you can go to message boards or stuff like that. I all takes about 5 to 10 minutes and you get 25 Spark Points at the end. You also have access to personal advice through e-mail. It 's pretty good! I got three months free for buying "The Solution". I may stop after that cause it costs $8.99 per month! Right now I just like earning the points! Hope this helps! emoticon

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PEGGYO 5/22/2013 7:57AM

    me too

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‘A Past Goal of Mine’

Monday, May 20, 2013

One team asked us to write a blog for points so here is today’s blog.

I had a goal to try to publish a children’s book, but I don’t have any experience in professional writing and don’t have kids. I read a bunch of kids books. That is the genre I’d prefer to write.

A while back I used to write stories just for my own fun, so it didn’t matter that my grammar wasn’t up to par, but it was fun creating storylines and characters. Some were human characters when I wanted to write human stories and some were animal characters for younger storylines.

I had thought abut taking a story and putting a twist, like make it about another character in the story or base it on an adult movie and put the kid twist to it. I'm not sure I can do that, be that creative.

Some of us just don’t have the knack. I did write a couple stories and put them into a blog on SP. ‘Maggie’s Little Bundle’ and 'Leo the Lion'. dated July 5, 2011.
It's around page 12 on my blogs.

I must clean up my blog area. Just too many.

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KACAR51 5/21/2013 7:57AM

    Sounds great! Don't give up the dream! You can make it happen! emoticon

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    A dream is a wish your heart makes..... Our very own Nimsy has Dear Gracie and no children of her own. How about you consider taking your writings and making them into a coffee table book or learning to bind and bind them yourself for YOU because it is YOUR dream? And here in your blogs, you share them with all of us and we are wonderful readers of your writings. You are imaginative and creative! Don't lose your thoughts - share them!

Food for thought....

“You make ‘em. I’ll amuse ‘em.” – Dr. Seuss
Margaret Wise Brown, Maurice Sendack, Beatrix Potter, Louisa May Alcott and Dr. Suess didn’t have kids.
How is it possible that such clever icons of the children’s literary world had the ability to connect to kids across generations without having children of their own? How could they understand kids without raising them? Very simple, they were once kids, too. Perhaps because these childless adults never abandoned a child’s point of view, they held close to childhood memories and fantasies and magically preserved the imaginary realm of talking animals and invented words. Would these authors have the same stories to tell if their priorities were feeding young mouths instead of young minds? Would late nights and diaper duty have sapped their creative energy and capacity to envision Sneeches, Wild Things and truffula trees?
Recently, I asked a parent friend of mine if she would have a pediatrician who didn’t have kids, or an ob/gyn who didn’t have kids, or even a teacher who didn’t have kids. Did it make a difference? She said it did in the case of the pediatrician, which caught me a bit until I realized that I required a doctor with an innie instead of an outie when it came to gynecological matters.
Jo Frost, TV’s SuperNanny, has reared plenty of kids but still isn’t a parent herself. So did this sharpen her skills or limit her adeptness? The SuperNanny has millions of television viewers each week and millions more buying her books on parenting and childrearing techniques.
Raffi, the superstar musical maestro of the preschool set, has sold over 8 million albums. He too is childfree. In these cases their expertise and success has nothing to do with being a progenitor.

Is it a coincidence that my favorite teachers were not parents? What was it that made them so attractive to me? Was it their dedication to children even if they didn’t have little ones at home? Was I a competent teacher even if I didn’t have offspring? Does having children really make a difference when you teach, entertain or care for children? Or is it possible that, just maybe, once you become a parent you stop living like a child?

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NBARNES 5/20/2013 5:31PM

    I agree, it isn't about getting published - it's great to have goals like that. I think it's having aspirations like that keep us young!

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NELLJONES 5/20/2013 4:43PM

    It isn't necessarily about getting published. People used to write letters and journals, but it's only recently that we have the crazy idea that our efforts need to be commercially validated. Not true. There is a lot more writing than there is publishing, and I hope all the writers enjoyed committing their thoughts to words. Our descendants won't have our tweets to learn about us, but they would have our writing.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/20/2013 1:56PM

    Trying your hand at this sounds like a great way to wake up creativity. I'm having trouble being creative right now. I've found that when I have a creative outlet I'm happier, more motivated and enjoy life more.

Have fun!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 5/20/2013 12:51PM

    I meant to comment on your dream, Courti (when you told me in an email) but in the blurRRRRRRR of the moment, it escaped me. I think you would/could write ANYTHING!! What do you mean, you have no experience in writing?!! You're writing right now, aren't you?!! Well, there ya' go!!

Don't you think every writer that's EVER written a book had sooo MANY extra *special* letters after his title name or ONLY the most expensive schools money could buy because, that's just NOT so!! Writers (like artists and musicians) come in ALL sizes, shapes, and colors of experience, girlfriend!!

Just because someone has kids, doesn't mean they are NOW the experts at writing something that will GRAB/KEEP their attention either. Why, you were a kid once, so you've got all that experience you'll need. Spelling/grammer can be automatically corrected now-a-days, so don't let that scare you off and besides, there's proof-readers for that kind of thing.

I've read misspelled or badly written grammar by some pretty famous authors, too, and I make those mistakes when writing myself. WHO CARES?!! Those who 'do' better be fronting YOUR checks, my friend. ANYWAY... it's not the (what did you call it?!!) *****KNACK***** that counts. It's the ***********D*E*S*I*R*E******** YOU, my Courti, HAVE the desire, sooo........... do it!!

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    I don't think you need to have children to write children's books - and I also don't think you need experience. First of all - it takes being a good writer and it also takes a knowledge of children's books. Just saying that it doesn't mean you can't.

I'm sure if you did a little research you would find that some famous authors didn't have children either - they just had a story to tell.

Keep on writing - and see where it takes you. It is a goal of mine as well (just not now because I'm really busy these days). Someday . . . I hope.


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FCARMICH 5/20/2013 12:46PM

  trying for your dream is good.

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