Contemplation

Freedom Speaker asks…”Should I limit my news intake”?

Have you ever gone on a news fast?  I picked a card from “Table Topics”, yesterday and it has me thinking.  “Limit your news intake”. I tune into the news frequently, however, I seldom feel more educated or insightful…more like “played”.  Actually I feel worse.  Worse about the presidential candidates we have to choose from to be our next Commander …

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Mailed with a kiss

Mail is not what it used to be.  Walking to the mailbox is becoming extinct.  The option to go paperless has become quite popular, (when I think of paperless, why do I think of topless)? Opening the power bill, late fee notices, or my favorite, “air-duct cleaning” coupons, hardly warrant a desire to rush to the mailbox. Receiving …

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Sometimes the answer is “I don’t know”

Occasionally I’m asked, “Holly why do you do write this stuff”?  My answer is usually the same…”I really don’t know”.  So lately, I have been giving thought to the question. After giving thought, (and it wasn’t a passing thought, I really thought about it), my answer is still the same….”I really don’t know”. It’s my …

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The Gift of Laughter

  As I write this post this morning, I can’t help but laugh to myself.  (or at myself)  My oldest son is probably one of the funniest people I know.  It’s hard not to smile or laugh when he is around. Occasionally he is quiet, and when he is, I tend to have a concern. On June …

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The Last Supper at the Ritz!

Last night I was escorted to an intimate private dining room at the Ritz-Carlton.  It was nothing compared to where I choked on meals only a year ago, Alderson Federal Prison Camp.  This skilled group of 10 adults were invited to discuss the idea of “making meaning”. The setting was “executive-elegant”.  The acoustics were accordingly designed to minimize echoes which eliminated …

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Memorial Day has passed, now what?

During yesterday’s “walking meeting” I mentioned to my friend I had been invited to speak to a group of Veteran’s.  My friend suggested I speak about Memorial Day… I yawned, then I remembered. A special high school classmate of mine, surprised me the day of my hearing.  I wasn’t expecting Suzie to be there, she was there… integrity speaks …

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From Bleachers to Beach in Prison

The prison life was tolerable when I learned to change the way I looked at things.  For example, instead of referring to the bleachers as bleachers, I referred to the bleachers as “the beach”.  It was a hot place to sit and a good place to stretch your legs and receive some sunshine. In late …

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Don’t try to solve the problem!

During last night’s dinner conversation we touched the subject of male listening skills.  As someone at the table was describing how they “fake listen”, the server heard and agreed.  I thought it was interesting how the server heard our conversation, good listening skills, I suppose. It was a funny conversation, but the awareness of listening was heavy on …

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God’s Homing Device

I became very intrigued and fascinated with the Holy Spirit, while I was incarcerated. Why? Because, I wanted to understand how I ended up in prison, what did I miss?  Where was my discernment? Friends would ask me if there were any indications, signs or feelings that something strange was going on.  When I look …

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