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Why a Gratitude List is Good for Your Health

Why a Gratitude List is Good for Your Health Lucinda Secrest McDowell “I tell you I’m going crazy,” the woman shouted to her mentor. He gently replied, “Here is a yellow pad and here is a ballpoint pen. I want … Continue reading

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That Thing We Can All Do… for Our Country

That Thing We Can All Do… for Our Country Lucinda Secrest McDowell Please don’t complain about the condition of our country, our government and our elected officials… If you don’t vote. It’s too easy to become complacent. We never lived … Continue reading

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How Do You Remember Them?

How Do You Remember Them? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Do you celebrate All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2)? Even though some think only the canonized are ‘saints’, the Bible recognizes all Christians as ‘saints.’ We remember … Continue reading

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How WORDS Can Change a Life

How WORDS Can Change a Life Lucinda Secrest McDowell The year I was twenty-nine (serving as missions pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian in California’s Silicon Valley) a small band of fellow pilgrims and I discovered a new book called “A … Continue reading

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5 Tips for When You are Discouraged in Your Calling

5 Tips for When You are Discouraged in Your Calling Lucinda Secrest McDowell (Note: Last weekend I was privileged to be part of an incredible “reNEW – retreat for New England Writing” but I know that after the high of … Continue reading

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When You’re in the Path of Destruction

When You’re in the Path of Destruction Lucinda Secrest McDowell Is anyone else out there struggling with compassion fatigue? As the death toll climbed into the thousands in Indonesia last week I could hardly wrap the tragedy around my heart. … Continue reading

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Those Words We are Longing to Hear

Those Words We are Longing to Hear Lucinda Secrest McDowell A few years ago, a nationwide poll asked, “What word or phrase would you most like to hear uttered to you, sincerely?” The top answers (especially number 3) might surprise … Continue reading

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“It’s Only Brain Surgery!”

“It’s Only Brain Surgery!” Lucinda Secrest McDowell I was only 19-years-old when I first met a neurologist and a neurosurgeon. I remember their names to this day: Dr. Brian Robinson and Dr. James Geissinger, both of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. You … Continue reading

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5 Exciting Things for Autumn in New England!

Here’s My Latest Newsletter! 5 Exciting Things for Autumn in New England! All the Senses Engaged – You know that smell…. Crisp. Clean. Cool. What we used to call “sweater weather.” And envision those colors – hues of vibrancy that only … Continue reading

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The Day I Chose to Smile

The Day I Chose to Smile Lucinda Secrest McDowell It was only half a tooth. But it was half of my front tooth, and it had broken off completely. When I looked in the mirror, a shocked and snaggle-toothed woman … Continue reading

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