Advent Anticipation: 5 Reasons to Look Forward to a New Year

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 2020 has been awful. I’m sure I’ve said that numerous times. Probably you have as well. Sure, maybe there have been some bright spots, but for most of us, the net has been a negative. But, at the time of this post, there will be only 17 days left in 2020. ...continue reading

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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

Advent Anticipation: Looking Forward to Christmas

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 These past few weeks have been hard. It’s been difficult to hear the negativity awash in the news and on social media, to attempt to prepare a Thanksgiving that was both safe and enjoyable for family. It got so bad at one point that I seriously considered not decorating for Christmas. ...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

5 Reasons Why I Love My Quirky Basenjis

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 National Basenji Mischief Day was last Friday. Okay, so it’s not a holiday like Labor Day, the Fourth of July, or even National Ice Cream Day. But it’s a holiday that I celebrate, nonetheless. With a 10,000-year history, Basenjis are quirky, independent thinkers. As pets, they can make us laugh, make ...continue reading