Perfect Responses (Review)

Book Reviews Perfect Responses by Margaret K. Johnson I could not put this book down! A self-help writer finds herself judged by God (in a furry yellow duck suit) because she was not living according to the advice that she sold to the world....

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Outlander (Review)

Book Reviews Outlander by Diana Gabaldon I was not sure what to make of this book at first. Historical fiction is not generally my top choice in genre, so at first I could not remember how this book made my list. Where was the magic? Would there be dragons? What was...

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Arrows of the Queen (Review)

You may want to read all three in the trilogy! This is the book that we have: Arrows of the Queen (The Heralds of Valdemar Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey Oh, the land of Valdemar! Honor and kindness, deep, loving camaraderie, and best of all - special, magical...

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The Little Paris Bookshop (Review)

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George I fell in love with the first paragraph of this book. I fell so hard that I read this one instead of the nonfiction book my book club picked. Sorry, friends! It was a crime of passion! A word lover's dream, the main character...

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James (Review)

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper I'm not gonna lie. I wasn't super pleased when my book club chose this. It looked like it was about an old lady and her dog. But- no! It's about an old lady and her WOLF! And her surprisingly interesting life and the...

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Sunday

What if I were to celebrate? I made space for my sweet self! I claimed an entire day just for me and my life's work and whatever I like. It's so quiet. It's even cloudy, which I love, especially when I'm writing. What do you like to do with your precious alone...

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Like a bird set free

You know when a song can have the power to knock the breath out of you at the right time?
I have always found solace in music, since angsty teenager to deeply feeling woman.
Art has a way of digging into the core of the heart, to that place that not so secretly wants someone to hear and gently mend the silent screams.

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How to be a Goddess on a Budget at Whole Foods

“Oh my damn! That moment at Whole Foods when the cashier says the total. And you imagine yourself making a break for it, just sprinting and never looking back.” Has this happened to you before? When I posted this on Facebook several months ago, my friends responded...

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Ho’oponopono for One

I know, it’s a mouthful. It’s much easier to do than it is to say, or especially to spell (I still look it up every time.) Ho’oponopono is a really lovely forgiveness practice that I touch upon in the heart chakra space of my Light Your Chakras e-course. It is...

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Spring Song

May! Spring!
I awoke with excitement, the intimation of bright new beginnings.
I’ve always said it, I’ve always known it, but this morning it sang from my very bones that each day we start anew, every day that we wake up and

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14 Word Story Fun

Let's have some fun, my friends! A beautiful poetess that I admire made my day by tagging me to participate in an exciting creative challenge on social media. I was contemplating this challenge, how to compose a story in 14 words, when I happened upon an ant attack in...

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Unicorn Love

Unicorns have always, always lived in the most special of places in my heart. They are powerful, gentle creatures who are filled with love, innocence, and joy. They are freakin' badass, too. Warriors. They will have your back, always, and rise victorious.You want a...

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Stepping Out

She stands before the precipice Open sky, colored in promise She has fought for this moment She has learned through pain, Through failure, heartache, Sweet compassion grew, Grace and understanding She has held and examined Her own beating heart And it is strong. Ears...

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Shredding the Past (Tidying 3)

The paper part very nearly took me down. Going through nine years of forgotten papers, nine years of a life in a rather stuck place…I spent over a week in paper purgatory, ignoring emails and life, swallowed whole by my not yet tidy house. Singing & Shredding...

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The Books? Not the Books! (Tidying 2)

Letting Books Go? Why would the English major do that? Surprising, however, was how many books I was glad to send on their merry way, to another voracious reader who could make more magic with them. For instance, Anna Karenina and War and Peace had been waiting...

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Small Kittens Rescued from Closet

My closet stared questioningly, empty for the first time since my U-Haul pulled up nine years ago. The vacuum spun dust bunnies into cotton candy. I double-checked for small animals, children, or immigrants hiding in there. Perhaps they heard the strange sound of the...

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A diatribe on socks (more tidying)

I have discovered surprisingly hateful feelings towards most socks when I picked them up to see if they inspired joy. According to the author, it's likely because of the intolerant way I have balled them up in my drawer. They are to be folded gently so they can catch...

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Laura J. Novak is a writer, blogger, voracious reader, and dreamer. She is the author of Giggling with the Geese, a children’s book now available on Amazon.

Laura holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature. She believes that we all have the power to live our dreams, welcoming creativity into our daily lives by focusing on the miracles in each moment.

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