What do You Want for the New Year?

New Year

The new year is almost upon us.

Grace world Church toastmaster’s club meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of each month. We have a word of the day at each meeting. Today’s word was “redirect.” The beginning of each year is always a time to reflect on the past year and . . . → Read More: What do You Want for the New Year?

Gifts for the Soul: Soul Gifts

Soul Gifts are gifts that make indelible marks on one’s personality.

When my nephew John was two years old, my brother gave him a beautiful toy wrapped in a fancy large box. John discarded the toy and played with the box!

How often have we thrown away the toy only to enjoy the simplicity of . . . → Read More: Gifts for the Soul: Soul Gifts

Beating Holiday Depression

Holiday Depression

Six Ways to Beat Holiday Depression:

Holiday depression is a well known phenomenon. The following is a list of six ways to beat it.

1. Decorate your home with vibrant colors. Put up garlands. Display your Santa Clauses. Get that tree up early. Do this and say good-bye to holiday depression. 2. Remember . . . → Read More: Beating Holiday Depression

Turkey day

Turkey day

To all my readers: Happy Turkey Day: I have the privilege of working part time in a local nursing home. During today’s session, residents were encouraged to think of a word that starts with each letter of the word Thanks. Here are the results. T: Thanks, trees, turkey, and tea H: Heart, Hands, . . . → Read More: Turkey day

Halloween Fun For You

Greetings to You from your hope guru, Barbara Altman Six ways to have Halloween fun. Indulge in candied apples. My mouth waters when I think of candied apples. They are everywhere. Whole foods has them. Just about every grocery store carries them. Of course, they are extremely unhealthy. I can’t have them because I’m on . . . → Read More: Halloween Fun For You

Easter Blessings for You


Easter is the time of renewal and blessings. We have survived a brutal winter only to welcome spring with open arms. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and all is well again.


I will regale you with a bit of news. Winter was hard, with the reality of two falls, one on ice . . . → Read More: Easter Blessings for You

Treating Yourself With Respect


We hear a lot about treating others with respect. But what about treating self with consideration? I looked up synonyms for respect in the thesaurus. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Appreciation: What does it mean to appreciate oneself? When you think about yourself, do you recognize your strengths and . . . → Read More: Treating Yourself With Respect

Hope shines Eternal


10 hope questions; 1. On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your hope in the area of health? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise? Have you maintained a healthy weight? 2. What is your score in the area of finances? Do you set aside ten percent of . . . → Read More: Hope shines Eternal

Five Ways to Put a Spring in Your Step

Spring Five ways to put a spring in your step. Before I list the five ways, I will talk about two ways to NOT put a spring in your step. Do not slip on ice. That fall on January25th caused me to have a broken knee. I wouldn’t recommend that. It hasn’t been fun. It’s . . . → Read More: Five Ways to Put a Spring in Your Step

Five steps to Your Happiness


Create your own happiness.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey Number one; Dance like no one’s watching. Does that mean you have to literally dance? I wouldn’t think so. This can . . . → Read More: Five steps to Your Happiness