Talented, Gifted People Abound

By Samantha McKenzie I am totally inspired by talented people. I love to see people who are living their passion, using their gifts and plugging away at the things they were born to do. This is the single most enjoyable thing you can do. And this is the sole reason we are all placed here on this planet….

Relearning the Pace of Small Town, America

By Dawn Onley Ok, I’ll admit it. I have a heavy foot. I don’t have a sports car and it’s probably a good thing. When I’m driving by myself, the tendency to push the metal is great. It seems I’m always rushing to get someplace and I absolutely hate being late, so therein lies the…

Above All, We Want Consistency

By Samantha McKenzie At first the good morning texts stop. Then the telephone calls become sparse. What you did to get her was impressive. What you are doing to keep her is questionable. Before you know it, she’s complaining about everything. When the relationship patterns change for the worse, be careful, the end is usually nearby….

What I Learned This Year…

By Dawn Onley Each year, I try to assess how far I’ve come on this journey called life. I brood on the insights that I’ve gleaned over the previous 365 days and then usually arrive at an assessment on or near my birthday. This year is no different. These discoveries might not be earth shattering…

When You Bloom…

By Samantha McKenzie When you bloom, you make us more beautiful. Your greatness leaves an impression. Your presence shifts our thinking. Your blooming makes us better. And you cause us to love one another more willingly. Your blooming breathes life into what was once dead. You expand us. Your bloom is beauty with no makeup. You…

Being Socially Responsible on Social Media

By Dawn Onley Tonight, I’m having dinner with a long lost friend from elementary school. We reconnected on Facebook and I’m really looking forward to seeing her and getting caught up. This is one of the many positive aspects of social media. It allows us to reconnect with our colleagues and classmates, and to stay…

The Race…Is to be Completed

By Samantha McKenzie Every time I see the word race, I think of speed, of winning and about burning an excess amount of energy. It makes me think of sweat. Even when used in the context of a specific group of people, the word race still conjures up images of competition, of surpassing others, and of…

Know Your Why

By Dawn Onley Our entrance into the world answers four of the five W’s of life. Many will die never having answered the fifth. Why were we born? This is an age old question. For some, the answer lies in the mind waiting to be conceived and in the belly waiting to be born. We…

Children: Growing Up, Letting Go

By Samantha McKenzie I knew stepping into parenthood would be a challenge. I read a few books, talked for hours on the phone with my mother for advice. Actually I talked to anyone who sounded more confident than I did. But mostly I prayed, tried my best and felt my way through the process. Parenting…

Prayer Works When We Do

  By Dawn Onley Prayer has legs. And feet. And arms and hands, for that matter. Prayer works. When we pray, we are asking for God to move in our lives. We are probably asking him to fix something. Prayer relies on faith, but it should also motivate us to act. I believe that God uses…