Tag Archives: Friend

A Painful Confession

Most of my books have received excellent reviews. Several have a perfect 5-star review score on Amazon. I know that some or all of my books will also receive less than glowing reviews, and indeed that has happened to some of them. … Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Anthologies, Breakthroughs, Feelings/Emotions, Gifts, Gratitude, Growth/Learning, Introspection, LIfe Lessons, Mistakes, Regret | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

Mr. Rogers on Crying

Mr. Rogers could and would stand in the fire with people who were going through tough times. That’s a great kind of friend to have. With Love, Russ

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Hot Dates and Grandkids

A friend and I were scheduled to have dinner and watch a movie on Friday. He just sent an email canceling our plans because his grandkids will be in town. Having some grandkids living out of the area myself, I … Continue reading

Posted in Abundance, Choices, Contentment, Grandparenting & Grandkids, Love, Marriage, Observations, Random Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

An Unbreakable Bond

As I’ve been writing my book, many memories have come to me. Some are funny, some are sweet, and, as in the story below, some are bittersweet indeed. An Unbreakable Bond I frequently write (the old-fashioned pen-and-ink kind) to a … Continue reading

Posted in Challenges, Commitment, Connection/Connecting, Friendship, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Comments

The Trouble Tree

A friend sent this story to me and I thought some of you would enjoy it as I did. With Love, Russ I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a … Continue reading

Posted in Adversity, Choices, Family, Grace, Marriage, Stories That Touched Me, Traditions & Rituals | Tagged , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Home Maintenance

Our lawns need mowing A cobweb’s growing A gate is sagging Repairs are lagging Shelves are dusty A latch is rusty A faucet leaks Our hall floor creaks Laundry’s piled on the floor A broken knob is on a door … Continue reading

Posted in Family "Fun", Friendship, Humor, Joy & Happiness, Kindness, Loss, Marriage, Poetry I Wrote, Truth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Planting Seeds

(Source: A friend shared Farmer Pal’s photo). We can all be the Johnny Appleseed of love when we plant seeds of kindness. If “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, imagine how much better our world could be with … Continue reading

Posted in Abundance, Action, Health, Kindness, Love, Making the World a Better Place, Photos That Touched Me, Quotes I Love | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

To Infinity and Beyond to Lend a Hand

(Source: A friend found this at http://buff.ly/10FHdqv. I haven’t checked out that site.) The photo made me smile. To infinity and beyond. It’s a great blessing to have friends who will go the distance to lend a helping hand. Love, … Continue reading

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To A Friend Who Is Going Through Tough Times

A friend who is going through tough times recently wrote something along the lines that she needed to get out into nature. Dear friend: I wrote the lyric for the song linked above, and Kevin Harris wrote the music. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Believe, Dealing with Pain & Grief, Dreams, Feelings/Emotions, Friendship, Goodness, Loneliness, Loss, My Beliefs, Nature, Pain & Grief, Poetry I Wrote, Songs I've Written or Co-Written | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Growing Gratitude Naturally

A friend posted: “Begin each day with a grateful heart.” I “liked” that saying, and replied: “Is there any other kind, my friend? An “Ungrateful heart” seems like an oxymoron to me. I’ve heard of lots of folks with ungrateful … Continue reading

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