Encouragement

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Advent Anticipation: Looking Back to Look Forward

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Recently, I received and e-mail notification from an organization I’m in to remind me to renew my membership. In it, the writer said that Merriam-Webster usually comes up with a word or phrase to describe the past year. Words it used for 2020 were ones like “lockdown, pandemic, furlough” to name ...continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2020 Gratitude Challenge

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Thanksgiving week is here. One thing I like to do on Thanksgiving Day is what I call a Gratitude Challenge. What I do is in my journal, list out a hundred things for which I’m grateful. What? 2020 has been a crappy year, right? I’ll not disagree on that. It has ...continue reading

Remember to Vote

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Blogger's Note: Normally, I'd expend a few hundred words on a blog post for you, but during this last week before the elections, I'll instead use very few words to urge you to vote, either during early voting or on November 3rd. 5 reasons to vote: It's a privilege to do ...continue reading

5 Things I Learned from my Pup about Trying New Things

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 This weekend, we had a first in our family. We took our two Basenji dogs to the beach. There’s something you need to know about Basenjis. Unlike many breeds, they hate water. They’ll even go at great lengths to avoid rain, water from the hose, swimming pools, and especially the ocean. ...continue reading

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A Just Anger at Death

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 August 2015. The night of my cousin’s memorial service, after the service, after the reception to celebrate my cousin’s life, our family gathered at her townhouse to have a last little bit of downtime before we went our separate ways. Her townhouse had three levels, with a garage and den on ...continue reading