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7 Benefits from Time Apart

7 Benefits from Time Apart Lucinda Secrest McDowell I’ve often encouraged others to “come apart before you fall apart.” As 2019 dawned, I realized it was my turn to do just that. When I chose to “hibernate” for the month … Continue reading

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Why I’m Hibernating this January

Ready to Pursue Your 2019 Writing & Speaking Goals? We at reNEW – retreat for New England Writing & Speaking invite You to Join our Community October 4-6.  Why I’m Hibernating this January Lucinda Secrest McDowell  Merriam Webster defines hibernation … Continue reading

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How Can Your “Mess” Become a “Messiah” in 2019?

How Can Your “Mess” Become a “Messiah” in 2019? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Christmas is over and your house is a mess. Maybe even your whole life feels like a mess right about now. Honey, you are so not alone! George … Continue reading

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Guess Who Moved Into the Neighborhood?

Guess Who Moved Into the Neighborhood? Lucinda Secrest McDowell People were confused, hurting, angry and impatient. They wanted relief. They wanted results. Perhaps what they really wanted was a savior. Someone to solve all the problems in the world and … Continue reading

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That Time I Received Everything as a Gift…

That Time I Received Everything as a Gift… Lucinda Secrest McDowell On Crazy Christmas Sweater Day at the high school, I wear one depicting my favorite scene from the movie, “Elf.” Pictured on the front is Buddy the Elf screaming … Continue reading

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When Your Family is “Complicated”

 When Your Family is “Complicated”  Lucinda Secrest McDowell Let’s face it. Great Uncle Horace is not going to change this year. He will still be obnoxious, drink too much, bring totally inappropriate gifts and end up snoring in the recliner … Continue reading

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Will You Have a Shiny Christmas?

Will You Have a Shiny Christmas? Lucinda Secrest McDowell I don’t want to just survive the holidays, I want to shine. Don’t you want the season to be different this year? Not as hectic or harried. Not as full of … Continue reading

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But What If You Don’t Feel Thankful?

But What If You Don’t Feel Thankful? Lucinda Secrest McDowell Perhaps you aren’t feeling very thankful this week. The world is a scary place. The losses have piled up one after another — health, relationships, financial security, dreams — and … Continue reading

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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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