Saturday Sips: You are a storyteller!

you are a storyteller

You are a storyteller. Yes, you are. Let’s get that right out there, and no sassing back. We all have stories to share about our lives. As someone once said, “Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.”   When my niece Amanda was little, she would ask for family stories. She adored […]

Are you a listener or a fixer?

are you a listener or fixer

  Admit it: You love it when folks listen to you, especially when it is your husband. There is almost a sexiness about it when his eyes are looking into yours, and his attention is fully focused what you have to say.   But what about when you feel you are not being heard? Stephen […]

Leaving a legacy of love

leaving a legacy of love

  If you’ve been visiting here for a while, you are probably familiar with this powerful question: What do I do that shows you I love you? The answers are more numerous than the shoes in your closet, the pounds you’ve lost and gained, and the hours you’ve spent waiting.   There are the especially […]

Valentine’s Day: 5 tips for a delightful celebration

valentines day

    Jay Leno said, “Today is Valentine’s Day. Or, as men like to call it, Extortion day.” The best humor always has a smidge of truth in it, doesn’t it? Jay’s comment is no exception. There is an air of huge expectancy from the women for their men to perform above and beyond on […]

Quick and easy Christmas breakfasts and tasty treats

quick and easy Christmas breakfasts

  Why am I sharing quick and easy Christmas breakfasts and tasty treat ideas on a blog dedicated to finding happiness right where you are, that helps you build stronger and more satisfying relationships? I’m talking about simple and yummy food that you gives you more time to enjoy family and friends. Prepared with lots […]

Help find the owner of this 1964 East TN Class Ring

Help find the owner of this 1964 ring

  Friends, I need your help. My husband has found an old ring and I’d love your assistance in finding the owner.   Keith has been finding treasures these last few months as he enjoys the waterways in our new home in East Tennessee. A popular activity in this area—made more interesting this time of […]

Spending less at Christmas yields more joy

Spending less at Christmas yields more joy

What do you really want to experience this year for Christmas?   Less stress? More joy? If that is true for you, here is one way to get there: giving fewer gifts. I’m referring to reducing the number and scale of presents, which is not to be confused with your charitable giving. This can be […]

How to create a deeper connection with your husband

How to create a deeper connection with your husband

Do you ever feel like you and your husband aren’t really connecting? Do you sometimes think it doesn’t matter what you do, that it won’t bring you closer anyway? To the contrary, it does matter, very much. You just need to know the secret password.   There’s an old cartoon classic, Ali Baba Bunny, in […]

Marriage and career: together forever for better or worse

Marriage and Career: together forever for better or worse

    Did you know your marriage is inextricably tied to your career? Yes indeedy it is, and no, it wasn’t anything you did, or can undo, for that matter. However, knowing and understanding this nugget of information can be quite useful.   My friend Fawn of The Happy Wives Club touches upon this in […]

How to duck when life throws a punch


 We recently witnessed another one of life’s embarrassing and metaphorical moments. We were about to enter the restaurant where we were meeting friends for dinner. In front of us was a thoughtful husband sweetly holding the door open for his wife. She smiled and began to walk through.   I think someone’s feet got in the […]

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