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If Only It Were Scratch & Sniff: August’s Desktop Calendar

If Only It Were Scratch & Sniff: August’s Desktop Calendar

Do you ever wish you could just hit the pause button? Maybe that sounds unusual in the middle of a global pandemic, but it’s how I feel lately. Life is spinning by so fast it makes me dizzy. Our youngest son had his high school graduation ceremony Saturday. I’m so...

From Our Pain We Hold the Power to Help Others at (in)courage

From Our Pain We Hold the Power to Help Others at (in)courage

Holley Gerth recently wrote about how she sent these words in an email to the first (in)courage contributors: “Be courageous and write in a way that scares you a little.” As one of the early contributors, I remember when the email containing those words...

Decorate Your July Desktop!

Decorate Your July Desktop!

I had the marketing call for my new book It All Began in a Garden last week and I was a little nervous. {You're going to FLIP over the pre-order bonuses!!} COVID threw life into a tailspin—we all get that—but I imagined I’d done everything all wrong already. (Is this...

Regaining Your Sense of Peace at (in)courage

Regaining Your Sense of Peace at (in)courage

I’m almost embarrassed to admit what prompted me to set foot in a grocery store again after two months of home delivery. It wasn’t increased feelings of security about entering public places or statistics about a decrease in COVID-19 cases in my area.  It was queso —...

June’s Desktop Calendar & Thoughts on the Golden Rule

June’s Desktop Calendar & Thoughts on the Golden Rule

A few years ago we planted two magnolia trees, one on each side of our front yard. I remember the large magnolia whose branches hung low over the wooden fence of my childhood home and how people sometimes knocked at our door and asked to cut a few blooms for a...

DIY Insect Repellant

DIY Insect Repellant

Spring has arrived but unfortunately so have the insects! If you'd like to enjoy the outdoors with fewer pests, try this DIY insect repellent using natural, plant-based ingredients. No DEET! When I made individual spray bottles for my teens to take to camp one summer,...

Going Through the Five Stages of Grief  in a Global Pandemic

Going Through the Five Stages of Grief in a Global Pandemic

In the ten and a half years I’ve written for (in)courage, never have I thought so much about how the world in general — and admittedly my world in particular — could change between the day I submit my words and the day you read them.  Life under a shelter-at-home...

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