SPEAK LOVE this Valentine’s Day

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Words... Those multi-faceted expressions we use to communicate.   We choose them carefully spew them carelessly use them to build up—and tear down absorb the ones that hurt us—and replay them in our minds over...and over...and over tend to forget their power Words leave lasting impressions. Remember the last time someone said something that hurt you? Of course you do.   For the past few years, many of you wonderful My Place to Yours readers have participated in the Valentine Project for the girls we serve at Hope Unlimited for Children—girls who only knew violence, exploitation, and abandonment before coming to Hope. Love was not spoken to them.   That's why at Hope we SPEAK LOVE into their ... Keep Reading...

A Snow Woman Tablescape: Silver and Gold

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Snow fell for a lot of us this week. Still falling for some of you? We only got a dusting, but I sure did love watching it come down. Snug inside my old house, it seemed the perfect time for a Winter-themed tablescape.   Silver and gold and *icy* clear glass with touches of white set the stage atop a simple linen tea cloth.   I chose a favorite snow woman from my collection to anchor the "centerpiece" spot on the table...   ... and chunky swirl-design candles (that mimic the swirl on the dinner plates) add a warm glow on an otherwise gray day.  The little Lenox "Hanover" demitasse cups and saucers were an afterthought, but a tiny taste of something warm seems just the thing to break the chill on ... Keep Reading...

Order in Repetition… It’s good for the soul

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I'm a person who craves order. Granted, sometimes I'm the only one who can see the order amidst the chaos, but it's my version of order nonetheless!   That's probably why I find repetition of forms to be relaxing. If you do, too... then sit back and relax with me! (By the way, clicking any picture will take you to the original post if something catches your eye.)   I was surprised the other day to read about a street kid who craves order, too—just like me. No, he's not one of the former street kids we serve in Brazil, but a full-out, still-living-on-the-streets, already-served-time-in-prison street kid. He's 12 years old.   I'm sharing his story at Pursuing Dirty Faith. I hope ... Keep Reading...