It’s 200 Years Old Today

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Yippee ki-yay! Bring out the bubbly and help me celebrate this 200th blog you are reading right now. Who would have guessed – especially with my tumultuous relationship with technology.

It all started with using my rule of three…

First, my friend, Paul, called and asked me to help him with his blog. I immediately answered:

“Sure! As long as you know I have never written a blog, or even read one.”

Second, this same friend then sent me a blog about writing blogs: They have changed the format somewhat over the past few years, however, when he first sent it to me, I became intrigued. I immediately googled the word blog to figure out what he was talking about.

And here it is – number THREE. I visited my brother, and there on his desk is a book about writing blogs. I was quite surprised and asked: “Are you thinking of writing a blog?”

“Nope” he answered. “My daughter gave it to me. If you want it, take it.”

And there it was, my rule of three! Now I HAD to look into writing a blog. As it turned out, I was leaving on trip to England so I took that book with me.   There, sitting on the Thames River, sipping a Guinness, my first blog was born. When I returned home, I hired someone to set up everything I needed to begin posting my blogs. Since then, I have never missed a week. This is the picture I posted along with my first blog on May 4, 2015.

I truly hope you have found some joy or inspiration or peace in reading my blogs all these years. Each and every one has been written with you in mind.

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Have You Put Your Dreams on Hold?

Have some of your dreams been moved to the back burner because life just got in the way?  Well, if those dreams keep coming back to you, maybe it’s time to dust them off and take another look at them.

For me, I’ve wanted to go to Stonehenge in England for over 20 years.  I was fascinated that this massive stone circle was built in 3,000 BC.  How did the people so long ago move stones that weigh over 30 tons!!!  All without modern equipment, and even computers.  I just couldn’t imagine it and it totally fascinated me.

But traveling to England was way down on my list of “things to do in life.”  It came after going to college, getting married, buying a house …  You know – all the things that happen in life that cause you to put your dreams on hold.

Well now, in my new life, I have a new husband and his job took him to … wait for it … England.  Out of the blue, I had this opportunity to dust off my old dream of seeing Stonehenge, and I jumped at the chance.  I certainly wasn’t disappointed.  It was everything I had imagined and more.

So, don’t give up on your dreams just yet.  Although your life may have taken some unpredictable twists and turns, you never know what path will lead you back to the dream you had so many years ago.  What is it for you?  What dream keeps popping up over and over again?  Are you adventurous enough to follow it?

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Are We Really That Different?

My first week in England has shown me a different way that people live – or do they?

One of the first things I noticed is that they name their houses, and the names make sense.  For instance, End Cottage is at the end of the road, and Ivy Cottage is, you guessed it, covered in ivy.  My favorite is Cotswold Cottage because it shows a picture of a pink rose with the house painted the same color to match it.

Their scones come in only one flavor – berry.  When I ask:

“Do you have any chocolate chip scones?”

I’m met with blank stares.  So, berry it is (which is actually raisin, but I don’t point this out).

Gammon is ham and they love their “pies”, but in England they are meat pies and not the apple or strawberry kind.

But at the base of it all is a heart warming people who respond to a smile and are willing to help you feel comfortable in their home town.  Deep down, where it counts, they are not any different than you or me.  So, no matter where you live, share one of your smiles and make someone feel at home.

In our busy lives, it’s sometimes hard to look up from our phones and actually look at someone, smile, and welcome them.  But I can tell you, being in a country where I knew no one, those smiles made it one of the best places I have ever visited.

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