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Increasing Abundance with Feng Shui

Feeling in a rut? Nothing good happening in your life at the moment? Try these Feng Shui tips.

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

How to Bring “More” into Your Life
    I am often asked to consult with clients in their homes and businesses to help bring more abundance in their lives. While feng shui can assist with energy flow and stress reduction, it (unfortunately) can’t make us instant millionaires,  solve all our problems or undo poor decision making. That said, there are ways to increase the positive energy in your home or business that can help boost your life improvement efforts.
Here some things you can do to help align your surroundings for greater abundance.

1. De-clutter
We all know the feeling of lightness and joy that de-cluttering can bring. In order to free up the energy in your space, get rid of anything that you don’t want, love, need, or use. Objects that no longer hold positive meaning or uses need to be discarded in order to allow energy to flow. Remember, clutter=stagnation.
2. Activate…

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Book Review: The Big Book of Jack the Ripper

The Big Book of Jack the RipperThe Big Book of Jack the Ripper by Otto Penzler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of Jack the Ripper stories, this book is for you! Besides the fact of the actual case, there are stories and theories of just who really was Jack the Ripper. Enjoy.

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I think it would be better to forever wonder just who was Jack the Ripper, than for the mystery to be solved. What do you think?

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Book Review: Miss Julia Takes Over

Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, #2)Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying this series with the no-nonsense, out-spoken Miss Julia. There’s also the added bonus of being set in my home state of North Carolina. On to book #3.

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Book Review: The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Anna Fox is already dealing with agoraphobia due to demons in her past and now the family that moves in across the street seems a little too perfect. Soon Anna begins to question what is real and what isn’t.
Very thrilling and will keep you guessing until the end.

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I Never Thought I’d Meet a Giant

I usually post these photo challenges on my romance blog but I thought maybe I’d post it here this time. Each week, The Daily Post chooses a theme for a photo challenge. This week’s theme is Unlikely.

This one definitely fits that category – I thought it was highly unlikely that I would ever meet a giant. Then camping in West Virginia, we encountered this guy snoozing against a tree:


tree-root giant


tree-root giant

If you wanted to check out a few of the photo challenges posted on my romance blog:

What Makes Me Smile




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Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim

Mustard SeedMustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story of two women and how their lives and families changed after the Civil War. It’s a story of love, racism, hatred and courage with only a mustard seed for faith.

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What Is Telegenic & Are You It?

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day is Telegenic.


Definition: “well-suited to the medium of television; especially : having an appearance and manner that are markedly attractive to television viewers”

It’s an off-spring from “television” and “photogenic” and means having great “visual” appeal. Telegenic properties can apply not only to people but events and objects, too.


Did you know this word? I didn’t but I’ve always loved words. Guess that’s why I’m a writer 🙂


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A Cozy Mystery Series To Try…

Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery, #5)Cat With a Clue by Laurie Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy this series with Eddie the bookmobile cat and Minnie the petite librarian. Laurie Cass keeps you guessing ‘who dun it’ until the end of the book.

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“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that?” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Live in the moment!

Words We Women Write

Sir Francis Bacon is more remembered for his ideas than his life.

Bacon, who worked as a lawyer and politician, eventually lost his fortune and disgraced his reputation.  But Bacon’s lifelong passion was empirical science. His dedication to his beliefs ironically led to an experiment that ended his life.

Death by chicken?

In the early part of 1626, Sir Francis Bacon whilst out in his carriage fell into an argument with his companion Dr Winterbourne.  The cause of the disagreement was Dr Winterbourne’s scepticism over Bacon’s hypothesis that fresh meat could be preserved if frozen.  In order to prove his theory he ordered his coachman to buy a chicken from the nearest source.  According to John Aubrey in his book “Brief Lives”~ “They alighted out of the coach, and went into a poor woman’s house at the bottom of Highgate Hill, and bought a hen, and made the woman…

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Inspirational Quote # 793

I have to be a storyteller to get the stories out of my head. What about you?

Today, You Will Write

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