Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Listen so People will Talk

Becky Harling has written a compelling book helping us navigate the world of conversation. I was interested in reading Ms. Harling's book mostly due to the fact that I sometimes feel, not only that people don't really "talk",but because I wanted to understand how to listen and talk with others.

"How to Listen so People will Talk" begins with listening to God's voice. In John 6:45, the scripture states - "And they shall all be taught of God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to me." Self evaluation of tangible ways to listen to God's voice.

Secondly, she brings insight in how humility draws people to open up. We need to prioritize our relationships by following Jesus examples focusing on the needs of others. Jesus did not push his opinions on others. He listened and only spoke truth in response.

It's important to focus on listening to find feelings. How is the person feeling when they share. Ms. Harling suggests questions to ask that allows people to explore what's in their hearts. 

I thought it was interesting that 80% of a successful conversation involves good listening.

Becky Harling outlines practical ways on how to be a better listener and to listen better. There are questions we can ask ourselves when we feel the need to give advice rather than listen.  And when you ask good questions, you turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding (Proverbs 2:2)  
In our day of electronic devices, this is well worth reading, to keep lines of communication open with people we know, work with, and love. 
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm and Inviting

The colors of Autumn are always so warm and inviting.

Autumn's Delight teacup by Johnson Brothers
I also made Pomegranate Iced Tea, as we are still enjoying 80 degree weather here in the south.

 Pomegranates, pears and apples grace the centerpiece.

 The cake plate was painted by my late mother in love.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


The sky can often be a conversation of contrasts.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An Apple a Day

Bursting forth with color, and so much fun too.

My Rooster Pitcher was a $3.00 find at Goodwill :-)

He was in perfect condition too!

Apples, Grapes, cheese and crackers. Such a delightful healthy snack.

Today I'm joining-

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Welcome October

"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Drive By Shooting

Traveling with my family, we spied something new!


I had my camera at the ready, as we were driving past these farms. I was so excited when I saw the first barn quilt, but my hubby did not slow down much, so I had to do a drive by shooting :-)

Outdoor Wednesday 
 Skywatch Friday

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

First day of Fall

Summer is waning. Fall is on the way. Although we don't have the typical change of seasons in Florida, we celebrate the fall colors indoors.


Welcome Fall!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beautiful sign

Whenever we travel, coming home is always the best part.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Justice Buried - a review

Justice Buried is the latest novel by Patricia Bradley.

Kelsey Allen, as a security consultant, is to discover how easily someone could break into a business. Somehow, after Kelsey rappels down the side of a 14 story building, she sees someone in the supposed empty building. A flash of light, the back wash of a figure keep Kelsey guessing what that person is doing there. Kelsey is assigned a new job, that of a museum conservator, looking for the breech in security as valuable artifacts are being stolen. And in the mix, Kelsey's father had been accused of many of the thefts.

Detective Brad Hollister comes on the scene when he is set up as Kelsey's date. After not seeing her for a dozen years, Brad is surprised to see how Kelsey has changed. But when he finds Kelsey, dressed in dark clothes after the formal function, he becomes suspicious. Especially when a body is discovered. The body of Kelsey's boss.

Justice Buried was a good  mystery novel. I found it to be a little slow at times. And there were references to situations that were probably from the previous novel. Which left me wondering about the people involved.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma

 Image result for hurricane pictures

It's been non-stop this past week as we prepare for landfall of Hurricane Irma.  Every store was out of water, bread and other staples. Even plywood became nonexistent. So we ask for your prayers, as this massive storm shifts west, heading straight to where I live. We've been through hurricanes before, and know the destruction they havoc. But this one is huge! With destruction in it's wake. Being with out power will be difficult, not knowing how long the duration. I've been making ice and water in my Brita filtered pitcher. Hopefully it will be enough, as the water may be unsafe for some time after Irma leaves us behind.

So I will probably be off line for a while. We are still thinking of those victims of Hurricane Harvey, as we face Irma's wrath.

Be safe!

These pictures are from Stanley Goldenberg's facebook page.

As we continue to wait for the approach of IRMA, here are some wonderful pics and videos of IRMA.  They are rather large (one is movie) so I will direct you to my FaceBook post to see them.  It is worth it. 
I think this link will get you there, or just go to my FB homepage.