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Inspirational Writing for November 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 November 2019
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Sometimes in life, compromise is greater than winning a battle. It’s a way of saying, “I may not agree with you, but you are more important to me than proving I’m right.” Sometimes, we let pride get in the way of our love, and we let something trivial become something hurtful. Inspired by my friend, Jean Voleck.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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In life, one of our greatest senses is our sense of touch. We love feeling the softness of a baby’s skin and the warmth of a friend’s embrace. But, when someone touches our heart, the fingerprints they leave behind are felt forever and create some of our greatest memories.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 November 2019
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In life, we’re not going to agree all the time with those we love. There are going to be differences of opinion. Love isn’t based on convincing someone you’re right. It’s allowing differences of opinion to drift away like smoke and never letting it take your love with it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 November 2019
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Life shouldn’t be an ongoing struggle to fix problems. It should be a constant effort to prevent them. Life is a cycle of cause and effect, and certain behaviors lead to problems in the future. Once we recognize this, it becomes easier to avoid problems instead of fixing them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 November 2019
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Sometimes in life, we’re judged, ridiculed, and mocked for no reason other than living a Christian life. When this happens, remember it also happened to Jesus, and He paid a bigger price than getting his feelings hurt. Be proud of your commitment and have faith in your faith.... Read More


Inspirtational Writing for November 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 November 2019
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Every moment we live, we should feel thankful we’re given the opportunity to bless others. When we see those less fortunate, and show them compassion, we hope they see it as a hand up, not a handout. The blessings we share may change someone’s life if we give them from our heart.... Read More


Libros en Español

By: Jim Hartsell on Friday, 15 November 2019
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I’m pleased to announce the publication today of Spanish translations of my three children’s books. They, along with their English counterparts, are all available on Amazon and my website. Check them out at housemountainviews.com; click on Catalog. Thanks, Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 November 2019
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Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Therefore, anything done well is worth doing. If you remember this, you will realize there is no job that is unimportant or unnecessary. Like the smallest cog in a machine, everything works because all the cogs do their job well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 November 2019
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In life, there are certain things we need to believe. We need to believe love is not something we do in return, but something we do first. But, most importantly, we need to believe in ourselves, and that someone’s opinion of us is less important than our opinion of ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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There are three key things essential in accomplishing anything. You must have the capacity to do it; the desire to do it; and willingness to accept some failure without allowing it to dissuade you. With these tools, you can accomplish almost anything.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 November 2019
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In life, people often rise to their level of self-confidence, and then are fearful to go forward. Those who make themselves push past their apprehension gain strength, and a better chance of succeeding. Don’t let doubt in you hold you back. Push forward and grow your confidence.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 November 2019
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In life, everyone has a next step they need to take. It may be an unresolved issue with someone, the completion of a dream, or the fulfilling a commitment to someone. Life can get in the way of doing everything we want to do. Don’t let it take away what you need to do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 10 November 2019
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Being a Christian is more than believing. It’s more than going to church on Sunday. It’s something others should see in you, not know about you. Being a Christian is not a badge of honor, it’s more a display of courage. Live your faith every day, and no one will be confused.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 November 2019
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In life, some find it easier to see the faults of others before they see any in themselves. No one likes to admit a weakness or fault, but sometimes, the person in their mirror needs to be seen as clearly as they see others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 November 2019
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Everyone’s life is made up of small successes that lead to greater ones. What may seem like nothing is part of a series of small successes that keep us moving toward our greater ones in life. We succeed more than we realize, and we take them for granted every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 November 2019
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In life, there are many ways to pick someone up. We do so physically by extending our hand or emotionally by the strength of our words and inspiration. Sometimes, lifting someone up requires great effort because no one is heavier than when they have a broken heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 06 November 2019
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In life, it’s not necessary to hit bottom before you decide to bounce back. You don’t have be at the end of your rope before you start climbing upward. We all need help at times. Don’t allow a minor problem to become a greater problem because you refuse to address it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 November 2019
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In life, we make footprints that others may follow. These footprints are created by our reputation, values and behavior. The choices we make every day are important because the footprints we make may be followed by someone we love or a child we’ve never met.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 November 2019
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Changing things in life isn’t about complaining. It’s about working harder on the solution than complaining about the problem. Until we work together for a solution, there will be no change, and we will continue to sink in the quicksand we stand upon.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 03 November 2019
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In life, no matter how dark it gets, how stormy the day, or how lost we may feel, there is a light that shines for us that never extinguishes. It shines even in our darkness. It covers us completely and it can find us no matter where we wander. God never leaves us alone in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 02 November 2019
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If you could capture a moment in time, and relive it, what would it be? Having someone special back in your life; a love you never forgot; or an accomplishment you would like to relive? Our memories help us do this, if only for a moment. They hold the moments we’ll never forget.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for November 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 01 November 2019
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We must try to live our lives, not our mistakes. The more we prove we’re not the same person that made those mistakes, the more we remove the memories of those mistakes from someone’s mind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 31, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 31 October 2019
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In life, we choose the standards we will live by. We decide what is right and wrong, and abide by those standards. Sometimes, those values annoy others, and they ridicule us. Often, this isn’t because we’re wrong, but because they know we’re right. Be strong in your beliefs.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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The reason you love someone is not what you see with your eyes. It’s what you feel in your heart. This is why time seems to stand still for a moment when you think of how much you love them. Be thankful for this love, because when you love someone, your heart never grows old.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
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Sometimes, life isn’t what we want it to be, need it to be, or expect it to be. It’s often more than we anticipate and less than we desire. Life isn’t always what you make of it, but what it makes of you. Control what you can, accept what you can’t, and hold onto the best parts.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 28 October 2019
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One of our most useful feelings in life is apprehension. It’s that little voice of reason that tells us something isn’t quite right. This little voice comes with maturity and experience. Don’t ignore it, because it’s often smarter than our wants, needs, and desires.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 27 October 2019
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Sometimes, it’s hard to see the blessings from the burdens we live with. We wonder how a problem can become a blessing. Our blessings often come in what we learn in life. Every day is a blessing if we learn something from it, and that something may be what not to do again.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 26 October 2019
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In life, we meet many types of people. Some are inspiring, motivating, intellectual, or somewhat eccentric. Sometimes, we wish we didn’t meet those who are pessimistic, complaining, and depressing. But, everyone in life makes a difference, and sometimes just to be a bad example.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 25 October 2019
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In life, hope is our candle flickering in the distance that we never lose sight of. We believe in the brightness of the flame and it gives us purpose. Let us never let our candle of hope be extinguished, because it’s more than a flame, it’s every dream we’ve ever had in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 24 October 2019
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In life, we’re surrounded by beauty and wonder that inspires us. We see, hear, or feel things that move us to respond. But our greatest inspiration shouldn’t be what we notice, but what others notice in us. We may possess what others seek. Make your life be someone’s inspiration.... Read More


Inspiratonal Writing for October 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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Sometimes, we allow our pride and sensitivity to cloud our better judgment. We get upset or offended by what someone may say or how we’re treated. Though there’s never a good reason to be rude, we should sometimes consider someone’s rudeness as a character flaw and ignore it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 22 October 2019
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In life, we hope to be accepted, respected, and valued. But there is still one thing we all desire above these, to be appreciated. To know our efforts don’t go unnoticed and someone acknowledges our worth. It gives a person the respect, value, and gratefulness they deserve.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 21 October 2019
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There’s a difference between being great and greatness. Greatness is a term bestowed on someone by an adoring group of people and is defined by performance. Being great is meeting your responsibilities, showing compassion and being an example to others. I would rather be great.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 20 October 2019
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In life, a heart committed to loving is hard to change. It continues to love others who don’t love it. It forgives those who repeatedly hurt it, and it believes its love can change anyone. We don’t understand why someone can love so deeply until we realize God loves us this much... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 19 October 2019
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There are few things in life that are free. There’s usually a price, in some way, that must be paid. It may be monetarily, materially, or sacrificially, but it should never be your self-esteem or integrity. Never sacrifice these for anyone, for anything, or at any time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 18 October 2019
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Every day, we are surrounded by people who know us, and many who have no idea who we are. All they know about us is what they see and hear at that moment. This is why our attitude in life is so important. It often says more about us than any explanation we can give.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 17 October 2019
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In life, one of our greatest praises is to hear we made a difference in someone’s life. It may be the example we set, the compassion we expressed, or words from our heart that were exactly what someone needed to read. Sometimes, those we’ve never met bless us the greatest.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 16 October 2019
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One of the highest compliments we can give someone, and sometimes hard to do, is to remember their name. People may receive many honors in life, but few show more respect than when they are recognized and acknowledged by their name.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Ocotber 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 15 October 2019
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Sometimes, we don’t know where we’re going in life. But what’s more important is realizing where we don’t belong. If we know the places we shouldn’t go, things we cannot involve ourselves in and behavior we must avoid, then it will make finding where we need to go much easier.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 14 October 2019
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Life isn’t always what we live through, but what we remember along the way. We live life through our heart, being guided by our experiences and the memories of a million mistakes we made over the years. Every moment in life teaches us something, if we learn to pay attention.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 13 October 2019
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Sometimes, we feel like we’re standing in the ruins of our life. We feel unwanted, unneeded, and unloved. God’s love removes the “un” part of our life and where we felt unwanted, unneeded, and unloved, we now know in His eyes, we could not be more wanted, needed or loved.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 12 October 2019
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Live your life with intention and purpose. Live it boldly based on beliefs you fully understand and follow. Whether your life is based on your faith, personal beliefs, or wisdom you possess, do so without compromise. Then, you will be making your own footprints in life.... Read More


Inspirational Wriitng for October 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 11 October 2019
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In life, there are keys to a successful relationship. Don’t overreact to everything you perceive wrong; don’t respond to every negative comment you hear; and let your love for someone overshadow any minor annoyance you may feel. Life is too short to be unhappy most of the time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 10 October 2019
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In life, there are parts of it that take time to develop. Our reputation, a successful career, and a loving relationship are just a few. Those things that take the longest to develop are often the things we are most proud of and count on to get us through each day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 09 October 2019
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In every loving relationship there are going to be times when something negative is said. It may be in anger, fear, or frustration and be regretted within seconds. Instead of getting mad or upset, let some silence fill the moment, and give love a chance to say the next word.... Read More


Inspiratiponal Writing for October 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 08 October 2019
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In life, our greatest influence on others has always been the example we set. Though our goal should not be to make people more like ourselves, it should be to give them enough positive encouragement that it helps them see their own path more clearly.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 07 October 2019
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In life, it’s as important to avoid failure as it is to obtain success. Though great success may elude us, we must avoid things that can cause us to fail. Being diligent in resisting temptations that take from our life is as important as seizing the opportunities to advance it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 06 October 2019
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In life, we sometimes feel our life is a collection of broken promises, broken relationships, and a broken heart. We look at life as what has been, not what can be. With the love of God, there is no past, only a future. He is the God of second chances and mended hearts.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 05 October 2019
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In life, some of our greatest disagreements aren’t caused by what we say. They’re caused by what someone perceives we really meant. They read into our words a hidden agenda and get upset. When this happens, it’s best to walk away because there’s no defense for conjecture.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 04 October 2019
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Some of the weight we carry around in life is more than how much we weigh. We can workout, lose many pounds, and still feel a heaviness. Sometimes, this is caused by the burdens we carry in life. Until we stop feeling responsible for everything, this weight may never come off.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for Ocotber 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 03 October 2019
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Many things in life happen for a reason. We casually make friends with people, and don’t realize how much they may mean to us in the future. Our friends may not give us something we need right now, but one day they may be exactly what we need the most.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Every moment we’re here should be a moment to do something positive. Doing positive things can bring us success, but it’s more than what it does for us. Positive things done for others can open a door, change a life, or remove fear that leads to their own success.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for October 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 01 October 2019
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For some, it’s easier to look down on others then to look straight at themselves. People who mock, ridicule, and criticize others are displaying their weaknesses more than their cruelty. Don’t be drawn into the battle they fight within themselves. It’s not your war to win.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 30 September 2019
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In life, we often battle between what we’re asked to do, feel pressured to do, and what our conscience and values will allow us to do. When you’re at odds between these choices, decide the one you can live with and defend the greatest. Inspired by my friend and fellow author, Tilmer Wright.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 29 September 2019
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Often, we’re told to seek God. God is not hard to find. He’s in every breath we take, each heartbeat we rely on and within our shadow on a sunny day. He is with us always. Thankfully, He finds us long before we seek Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 28 September 2019
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In life, it’s difficult to change things we feel have worked well in the past. When we’re asked to do so, we resist, and a problem arises. Depending on what it is, maybe trying the change will prove it isn’t a better way or you may discover an improved way of doing something.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 27 September 2019
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In life, we get more exercise than we realize. We jump to conclusions, lift other’s up and pick ourselves up all day. We carry the world on our shoulders, and bend over backwards for others. So, the reason we're always exhausted is because life is not a walk in the park.... Read More


Oklahoma Book Festival

By: Susan Kite on Friday, 27 September 2019
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I had an incredible experience last Saturday. I attended the 2nd annual Oklahoma Book Festival as a guest presenter. It was only for my latest book, Realms of the Cat, but that was enough. Got my invite last spring after trying for the 1st festival last year. I was part of a panel, signed books, and got to talk to other authors. There were vendors, plenty of presentations and the venue was absolut... Read More


Amended Inspirational Writing for September 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 26 September 2019
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Sometimes, life is no more than a series of fortunate outcomes. We tempt fate every day with risky behavior and fail to realize only by luck nothing bad happens. Until we recognize tempting fate is just failure waiting to happen, we risk losing what we may never regain again. (Sorry if this is a little dark.) This has been edited to correct the word fortune to fortunate. Sorry.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 25 September 2019
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Sometimes, it’s hard to do what we’re supposed to do when what we want to do isn’t it. We all face this problem many times in life. Should we do as we’re asked, be defiant, or seek a compromise? Ask yourself which will get you farther in life at this moment? That’s your answer.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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In life, we’ve all been through times or are going through times when nothing seems to go right. It seems, no matter what we do, nothing works out, and we begin to expect it. Life is not fair at times, but if we keep a positive attitude, it will eventually reward us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 23 September 2019
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It’s no secret life is tough. We get knocked down, knocked back, and knocked around by it every day. Maybe it’s because we insist on doing things our way and we expect life to conform to us. Our way may be a good way, but maybe not the best way... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 22 September 2019
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Life is like singing a song in church. We can sing the same melody everyone sings or add some harmony and make it more emotional. Don’t allow your life to become the same notes sung every day. Add a little harmony and maybe a change will allow you to enjoy life a little more.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 21 September 2019
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In life, it’s not only about what touches our skin, but what touches our heart. It’s not only about how happy we are, but how exciting it is to share it with others. Life is about what moves our emotions every day. Don’t hide the joy in your life … share it with others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 20 September 2019
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One of my favorite words is the word embrace. It means holding closely something or someone we’re committed to. We embrace each other in friendship; we embrace a culture of happiness; and we embrace the joy in our life. I hope what you embrace gives you the contentment you seek.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Often, we’re better than the decisions we make. We react too quickly to upsetting situations, disappointments we don’t expect, and rudeness we can’t tolerate. It makes us look like a person we are not. We need to learn to think then act, not react and then think.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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In life, it’s often more difficult to unlearn something than to learn something. Changing the way, we do things can be tedious, especially if it has worked for us. Life is not always the melody and we sometimes must unlearn things we have done a certain way in the past.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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In life, reaching your dreams may be your goal but learning your strengths and weaknesses along the way are just as important. Knowing these about yourself will guide your choices and may prevent you from failing in the future.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 16 September 2019
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Life is not always what we think it should be, imagine what it might be, or hope that it will be. Sometimes, it’s determined by our attitude and our ability to take what disappoints us and make it a learning experience instead of a crisis.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 14 September 2019
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In life, we strive to obtain many things. Some are material, but the ones that change our life must be earned. Admiration, respect, integrity, and character can take a lifetime to attain, and may never make you monetarily rich, but your worth to others will be immeasurable.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 13 September 2019
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It’s a challenge every day to protect our heart. Our emotions work against us. We fall in and out of love and it breaks our heart. We get excited about an opportunity, and it never happens. Protecting our heart is difficult because our heart never gives up seeking happiness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 12 September 2019
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There is seldom a moment in life when we quit having to prove ourselves. We do so every day without knowing it. We do it in our behavior, our demeanor, and how we treat others. It’s called our reputation, and our ability to maintain it every day proves ourselves to others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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Today is a day of remembrance. It’s also a day of recognition at the bravery of police, firefighters, first responders, and common heroes that gave their lives to save others. Like many days in our history, we must not forget. By remembering, we honor those who perished and support those who still fight for our Country. May God bless America.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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In life, we should never want to be is someone’s excuse. It’s better to be someone’s reason. Excuses are used about something negative and associated with blame. Reasons are typically used to explain inspiration, motivation and accomplishment, which is always much better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 09 September 2019
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In life, it’s easier to follow the crowd, drift with the current, and walk with the wind. By doing so, we may not see where we’re headed as we float through life being blown from side to side. The easiest way isn’t always the best way. Sometimes, we must push back to go forward.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 08 September 2019
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One of the things in life we can depend on is the love of God. He picks us up, holds us up, and carries us along. He catches our falling tears and uses them to heal our weary heart. God’s love is free, but you must learn to trust it, and accept you are forgiven.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 07 September 2019
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Sometimes, there are people in our life that are like shadows that only appear when the sun is shining, but when the storm clouds emerge in our life, they disappear. This is why we must learn to rely on ourselves, and not on others to rescue us from the rain.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 06 September 2019
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The kindness we show others can lead to a grateful appreciation and renewed self-worth. It can give hope to those who feel hopeless, love to those who feel unloved, and purpose to those who feel lost. Kindness costs us nothing but may create a chain of love that lasts a lifetime.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 05 September 2019
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Wisdom is often the result of having some knowledge, a lot of experience, some common sense, and learning to keep your opinion to yourself until it’s needed. But wisdom has no age attached to it, so if you learn to listen, wisdom can come from almost anyone, including a child.... Read More


Inspirational Wriitng for September 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 04 September 2019
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Sometimes, what we need to remember we forget, and what we want to forget we remember. If we could choose what we remember, we might be happier, but we would miss some valuable lessons in life. Memories are more than images; they’re sometimes lessons we should never forget.... Read More


Inspirtional Writing for September 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 03 September 2019
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In life, we should carry a blessing in our back pocket to take out when we’re sad. We should never let our dreams become too far from our heart, and what governs our mind should be the ones we love, not the problems that won’t leave us alone. Don’t let life steal your joy.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 02 September 2019
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Sometimes in life, it’s best not to tell people what you’re planning to do because it only adds to the pressure to do it. It’s better to keep it to yourself, go out and do it, and then let people compliment you on what you accomplished.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for September 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 01 September 2019
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Sometimes, though we feel we have all we need, we still feel empty. We lack for nothing, but long for something. Maybe it’s not something we need, but someone we need. God loves us and knows our emptiness. If we reach out to Him, He will fill our heart like this world cannot do.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 31. 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 31 August 2019
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In life, it’s not what we accomplish that matters. It’s not what we accumulate in possessions. It’s what we give of ourselves that guides others to happiness, makes them feel loved, and raises their self-worth to a point they see the need to give of themselves as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 30 August 2019
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Having insight is not a gift, but a collection of experiences, mistakes, successes, and knowledge recalled from the past that apply to the present. What we remember learning the “hard way” is what is commonly referred to as insight.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 29 August 2019
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Sometimes in life, we feel we lack the ability to comfort someone. We want to say something to help them, but don’t want to say the wrong thing. Real compassion is not always what you say or do now. It’s how much you remain in their life once all the tears have been shed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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May your day be filled with sunshine to light your way; may your path be smooth so you do not stumble; and may it lead you toward something that will make you happy and give you the opportunity to share that happiness with those around you. Happiness is meant to be shared.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 27 August 2019
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Every step we take in life is a step toward something better or something different. How do we know which one? It’s knowing if your step is toward a goal or is it only following the crowd. If it’s toward a goal, you’re making a path, if it’s not, you’re leaving a trail.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 26 August 2019
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In life, there are people who know us, and we call them a friend. Then there are people who not only know us but know about us. These people helped make us who we are, remind us where we’re from, and live in our heart forever. They are more than friends, they are classmates.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 22 August 2019
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In life, there are times when we feel we don’t fit in or we seem different from those around us. We feel there must be something wrong with us. What we fail to consider is our difference may be because there’s something right about us. The crowd is not always right. Be yourself.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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There were many things in our life that determined the paths we followed. Each one was a decision made at the time that we live with today. It’s easy to question our past decisions with the benefit of hindsight, but only where we are now is something we can change.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 20 August 2019
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In life, those who have good intentions sound reliable. Those who make grand plans look ambitious. But only those who follow through on what they talk about develop a reputation for dependability.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 19 August 2019
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Sometimes, loving relationships are like growing grass in the yard. It must go through storms, hot days, a little drought, and have enough room to grow. Grass cannot become green without a little rain and some room to grow. Learn to weather all the challenges in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 18 August 2019
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Every day, God’s love shines brightly on our world. If you feel there’s something missing in your life, embrace this love, and you will find a path to follow, a strength to cling to, and a comfort to your weary heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 17 August 2019
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In life, there’s something more important than saying you’re sorry. It’s more important than promising you’ll never repeat the mistake again. It’s finding out what caused the mistake and either avoiding it, eliminating it, or changing it. Apologies are only words without change.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 16 August 2019
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One the best, but hardest traits to possess is patience. Being able to wait to hear more; see what may happen; or understand now is not the time, are virtues few have mastered. Sometimes, patience pays off by allowing you time to think and not say something you may regret later.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 15 August 2019
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Sometimes, I wonder if it’s worth the risk to be nice in life. Our society has become so judgmental. A compliment is now associated with harassment. A word of encouragement construed as bias. And, a pat on the back a precursor to something lude. Being nice has become very risky.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 14 August 2019
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Few loves are stronger than the love for a grandchild. They may be a few miles away or several hundred, and your love knows no difference. You may see them daily or rarely see them at all, and your love still grows each day. Few loves are stronger, but none so greatly cherished.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 13 August 2019
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In life, it’s not the footprints we follow that say who we are, but the footprints we make. It’s not the groups we belong to, but the original thinking we live by. The greatest leaders in life are not those who try to lead, but those who don’t realize they are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 12 August 2019
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In life, there are traits that say a lot about us. They shape who we are and what others can expect from us. Some of them are honesty, responsibility, and dependability. These traits form our reputation, work ethic, and relationships. Without them, people can lose trust in us.... Read More


Inspirartional writing for August 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 11 August 2019
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Every leap of faith requires two steps, and the first one is not the most important one. It’s the second step when both feet are now standing on your faith. Though not every step, thereafter, will be firm ones, let your faith be your strength to continue believing in yourself.... Read More


Inspiratonal Writing for August 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 10 August 2019
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In life, the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is one looks for reasons to be happy and the other looks for excuses to be mad.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 09 August 2019
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In life, we need to stand tall. No matter what has happened in our life, what mistakes we may have made or what we have accomplished, we must stand tall. When we do so, we are accepting the consequences of our actions or the esteem of our success. Both say a lot about us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 08 August 2019
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In life, we look for moments of sunshine that illuminate our days, warm our hearts, and give us hope. Our sunshine may be a quiet place to rest, a person who makes us smile or something we look forward to. Everyone needs sunshine in their lives, and you may it for someone else.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
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Loneliness can be a darkness someone feels surrounded by. It’s often silent and easy to miss. We never know the loneliness others may feel. How we treat others is very important. Be the first to speak and smile, and maybe, loneliness may smile back.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 06 August 2019
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My wife and I took a walk on the beach, and I noticed she only picked up the broken shells. When I asked why? She said, “These are like people in our life, though they may look broken, we should never ignore them.” She’s a retired schoolteacher, and here the lesson ended.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 05 August 2019
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Love may be one of our greatest motivators in life. It’s makes us do things we should do and keeps us from doing things we shouldn’t. Without love, a person can lose hope and purpose. Reach out and show your love for others. It may become the motivation they need in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 04 August 2019
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For my friend, Phyllis J. Bennett-Sells who passed away July 28, 2019 "When we walk through the door into Heaven, we leave behind all our hurt, all our pain, and all our fear. By the touch of God’s hand, we are made anew, and eternal happiness awaits us on the other side of the door." I will forever miss you, my friend.  ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 03 August 2019
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In life, it’s better to live our life with a quiet confidence rather than a bold statement. We should try to speak only about what we know, not what we think we know. If not, we will eventually say enough to get us in trouble, but not know enough to get us out of it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 02 August 2019
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In life, we wish, pray, hope, and desire things, we feel, will make us happy. We long for any change of circumstances and, sometimes, become disheartened with life. Finding joy is not always in what we lack, but what we make of the gifts we possess.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for August 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 01 August 2019
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The more positive we are, the better our chances are to be happy. At times, we see the dark side of life and how we respond to it tells others how we view life. We either follow it into the darkness or remain in the light of hope. Don’t let life cast a shadow on your heart.... Read More


Inspirational Writng for July 32, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 31 July 2019
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Having guilt in your life is not always a bad thing. When you are guilty of caring for others, always telling the truth, and being someone, others can confide in, this is guilt you can live with.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 30 July 2019
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Friendships in life are never forgotten if there exist at least one memory two old friends share. Time may pass, and life may go on, but the friendships we once had are just a single recalled memory away waiting to bridge all the years that have passed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing foir July 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 29 July 2019
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Sometimes in life, the effort we make doesn’t produce the results we hoped. But knowing we tried to make it happen means something to us. Though effort may not always bring a certain result, not putting forth any effort usually guarantees a certain outcome.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 28 July 2019
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God is glorified in our presentation of Him, not in our condemnation of others. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we can judge those who may not think as we do. It should mean we believe no one is without God because God is in everyone.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 27 July 2019
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In life, we should not judge others, but sometimes, others perception of us may cause them to judge us. This can happen when we look depressed when we aren’t or mad when there’s nothing wrong. The image we portray to others can lead them to a perceived opinion of us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 26 July 2019
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In life, most of us don’t need to be recognized for great accomplishments. We don’t require praise or adulation to make us happy. All we really need in life is to be noticed, respected, and given an opportunity to contribute. With those, we can determine our own success.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 25 July 2019
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In life, how we look, act, and treat others is not for the benefit of those who know us, but for those who don’t know us. We live in a judgmental society, and the image we display to others tells them about us. Don’t hide who you are behind an image contrary to the life you live.... Read More


Inspirational writing for July 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 24 July 2019
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In life, we shouldn’t always follow the crowd, agree with everything, or abandon our ideals. Though some thinking maybe generational, that doesn’t mean it’s not right. Showing Character, Respect, and Integrity shouldn’t make you feel different. It should make you feel proud.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 23 July 2019
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Joy in life isn’t always found in what we accomplish or become. It’s sometimes found in renewed friendships, unplanned adventures, or rainy day talks on a front porch. Everyone’s joy in life is different, and once it’s found, it becomes one of our greatest treasures.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 22 July 2019
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In life, it’s easy to be great if you have the courage to do it. Choosing courage over comfort is a sacrifice. When you do, you sacrifice the comfort of making fewer mistakes and accept the possibility of failing. Greatness is in you if you’re courageous enough to pursue it.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 21. 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 21 July 2019
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Few things hurt God’s heart more than when His children cry. It makes Him cry, as well, and His tears fall to Earth as the rain we see. But what makes God cry the most aren’t our tears, it’s all the World’s efforts to push Him out of our lives. Maybe this is why it seems to be raining almost every day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 20 July 2019
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In life, there are some things that never grow old. Friendships from the past that changed our life, loves that hold a place in our memories, and words written from the heart, never age. These are the things we remember the longest and cherish the most. Inspired by Rosalie Bailey.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 19 July 2019
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In life, we do many things without thinking, and people appreciate it. We’re courteous, respectful, mannerly, and thankful without thinking. We’re fair, truthful, and honest, without a second thought. It’s incredible what we do without thinking when it’s part of who we are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 18 July 2019
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In life, we search for happiness, contentment, and peace. We surround ourselves with things that occupy our time and attention, but little that fills our heart. We also need to seek things that touch our heart and challenge our mind, or we may fail to find our purpose in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
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In life, as long as we don’t run out of dreams, we will never be without something that gives us hope. When we let go of the things we dream, we risk losing sight of what makes us happy. Keep your dreams alive, and you will always be one step ahead of discontent.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 16 July 2019
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One of the highest compliments we can give to someone is to tell them we believe in them. This shows them we care, support them, and trust them. It surrounds them with confidence and strength to live their life. I love you says a lot, but I believe in you seeks to empower them.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 15 July 2019
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The tears we shed in life teach us so much about ourselves. They express our emotions, moods, and, sometimes, our greatest fears. Don’t hold them back, embrace them. Through them, we often learn what’s most important to us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 14 July 2019
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God creates us in a moment, and we live until our last moment. In between, the memories we create in others will be the greatest legacy we leave behind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 13 July 2019
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There are many things a person needs in life to succeed. One of the most important is encouragement. When a person is encouraged through love, patience, and understanding, they develop confidence that lasts a lifetime and a desire to encourage others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 12 July 2019
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Sometimes, one of the hardest things to do in life is not responding to criticism. This is why comments without merit should solicit silence as a response. No response gives the person nothing to build on and tells them their comment isn’t worthy of consideration or retort.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 11 July 2019
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Some people dispute God exists because they cannot see Him, touch Him, or explain Him. This feeling may exist for some, but if you’ve ever held a newborn baby, you have seen God, touched God, and in that baby’s eyes … the love of God is fully explained. My new grandson, Oliver William Carpenter, was born yesterday at 5:14 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs 8 ozs. He was 19.25 long and completely heal... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 10 July 2019
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In life, we all need a place of peace. A place where our problems are forgotten for a moment. Our place of peace doesn’t have to be a peaceful place, but somewhere we feel safe and appreciated. Don’t worry about this separating you from the world. It will continue to go on.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 09 July 2019
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In life, it’s best not to say everything we think needs to be said. This isn’t meant to say we shouldn’t be honest. It’s because some comments we make in life are like fishing. Once we cast it out, it’s hard to reel it back in once it snags on someone’s feelings.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 08 July 2019
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Every day, what we say or do open and close doors in our life. These doors lead to our success, and if they are closed to us, we may fail. Being independent and non-conforming may be trendy, but society still expects a person to be respectful, cooperative, and willing to listen.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 07 July 2019
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Sometimes our greatest prayer is not filled with words of eloquence or deep emotion. It’s not the one that includes every person and every problem in our life. And though it’s good to pray for others, it’s the prayer that contains the words, “Thank you, Lord, for loving me.”... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 05 July 2019
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Success in life is like our blessings. We don’t realize all of them, we take most for granted, and they far exceed our failures. If we look at success as what we accomplish every day, it’s hard to see at times. But, if we look at it as what we overcame, it’s more evident.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 03 July 2019
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Sometimes, there are sacrifices that have to be made in life. Some sacrifices may be the people who create chaos, drama, and hardship in our life. Don’t let those who pull you down control your life. Surround yourself with people who build you up, hold you up, and lift you up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 02 July 2019
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When a person criticizes another, it can be for many reasons. They may be jealous, envious, or feel inferior. They may feel it’s easier to pull someone down rather than try to rise to their level. Don’t believe all criticism, there’s sometimes more to it than someone’s opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for July 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 01 July 2019
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Life is the accumulation of experiences we have lived and moments of good and bad judgment. It’s important we are careful what we do in life because what may seem like a one-time thing, may become something we regret and never forget.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 30 June 2019
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Sometimes in life, all we need is to have someone tell us everything is okay. Often, we worry so much we create additional problems that really don’t exist. Don’t let worry overwhelm you, because God is waiting to listen and ease your heart. He’s only a prayer away.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 29 June 2019
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Sometimes in life, we feel like we’re great out of the gate, but lack the stamina to finish the race. This happens to all of us because, sometimes, our enthusiasm is greater than our ability. Don’t judge yourself on your ability to finish, but on your willingness to try.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 28 June 2019
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Sometimes, you don’t realize the effect you have on others. It’s not because you lack the awareness to see it, it’s because your influence doesn’t come from anything special you do. It comes from who you are, every day, that others see. Those who lead by example, draw attention.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 27 June 2019
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Sometimes, we worry about where we begin, how far we need to go, and the struggle to get there. In life, it’s not how far we have to go or how long it will take, but how much we learn along the way. Life may be a slow walk at times, but it’s a learning experience along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 26 June 2019
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Failure to commit to anything is not a fear of commitment. It's either a lack of confidence or an inability to quit thinking something better may come along tomorrow. Until someone develops confidence in themselves, everything tomorrow will appear to be something better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 25 June 2019
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Sometimes, the actions of others are going to feel like a thorn in our side and begin to have an effect on us. This is when we have to decide if what they did is worth the change in us, and if not, then stop letting them determine our attitude in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 24 June 2019
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Sometimes, what seems like the perfect thing to do becomes a mistake we regret immediately. What we did is misunderstood and our regret borders on embarrassment. If what you did was due to lack of forethought, learn from it. If not, next time, think twice before you act once.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 23 June 2019
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The beautiful thing about believing in God is it makes us better at math. Through our faith, we learn to subtract fear from our life, add joy to our days, divide things we worry about and multiply our blessings by sharing His love. Who knew we would become so smart?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for June 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 22 June 2019
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Our love for someone can be like the knowledge we keep to ourselves. It may be exactly what someone needs, but no one is enlightened until it is shared. Don’t hide your love out of fear of rejection or being hurt. Nothing grows that is kept in the dark.... Read More


Podcasting of "Pushing Back" continues with Chap. 7

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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The newest installment of Boone’s story finds him taking the truck out on the road for the first time, taking stock of his meager assets, and trying to come up with a believable story when the inevitable questions about his father’s absence start coming. As always, this chapter along with the first six can be found at: housmountainviews.podbean.com or through one of the links on my web... Read More


Great News!

By: Susan Kite on Thursday, 02 May 2019
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Thought I would finally post my good news. I have had my kid's story, The Legend of Billy Bob Flybottom picked up by Doodle and Peck, a publisher of picture books and other kids and young adult fiction. Excited, but picture books don't get published quickly. It will be a couple of years. I was invited to be a participating author in the Oklahoma Book Festival in September, highlighting Re... Read More


Inspirational writing for May 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 01 May 2019
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Some mistakes we make in life seem to never go away. They are like footprints in the sand that never get washed away. Though we cannot change the past, we can affect the present by proving, through our behavior, we are no longer the person who made those mistakes.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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Sometimes, the obsession someone may have with something can blind them to a problem that others can clearly see. The opinions of those who care about someone are not always wrong and could be considered a warning to a problem a person can’t see for themselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 29 April 2019
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If, at the end of every day you were able to know how many people you have blessed and how many opportunities you had missed, which number would be higher? We can’t see all our opportunities, but being more aware might increase our chances.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 28 April 2019
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Sometimes in life, we are forced to find a new normal. What we had for years or taken for granted is suddenly gone. This is when our memories become our greatest comfort. Through them, God helps us realize it’s not what we lost, but what we were blessed with for so long.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 27 April 2019
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In life, you must learn to believe in you. Constantly comparing yourself to those you admire can create doubt in your self-confidence. Don’t question if you’re good enough to succeed, because you are. Successful people are those who do their best and believe they will succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 26 April 2019
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In life, we may not know what’s wrong all the time, but we know when something isn’t right. Our experience tells us when something doesn’t sound right, feel right, or seem right. Don’t ignore these warning signs. They are there because you paid attention in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 25 April 2019
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In life, we learn a lot of things. We develop skills, talents, and knowledge. But, one of the most important things we learn is about ourselves. We learn how we think and react to life events. Knowing this helps us decide what situations to avoid and which we will thrive within.... Read More


Chapter Four of "Pushing Back" released today

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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The fourth chapter of my podcast of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series, can be found along with chapters 1-3 here as well as in the iTunes podcast section. Look for this graphic in iTunes: Hope you enjoy it, Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 24 April 2019
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Today, you will make mistakes, make someone mad, or be disappointed in yourself due to something you say or fail to say. In other words, you will have a day just like everyone else. Try not to expect more from yourself then you would be willing to forgive in others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 23 April 2019
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A FRIEND’S PROMISE: Every day, as my friend, I don’t owe you only words of encouragement. I owe you hope, love, and strength through my caring for you. You mean more to me than words on a screen. Thank you for caring for me as much as I try to care for you.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 22 April 2019
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In life, your influence can change someone’s destiny. The confidence you give them and your belief in who they are can mean the difference in their willingness to persevere or stop in the face of challenges. You may become their foundation for all they do the rest of their life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 20 April 2019
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Many things in this world change and it’s because they need to. But the need to care about each other isn’t one of them. The world says trust no one and fear everyone. This isn’t working very well. Maybe we need to go back to the days when we trusted everyone and feared no one.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 19 April 2019
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In life, it’s not the number of promises we make, but the number of them we keep. Fulfilling our promises is a sign of respect. A promise should be seen as a verbal contract that others can depend on. If we break our promises, it affects more than just us.... Read More


Friendships And Opportunities

By: Danielle Asher on Friday, 19 April 2019
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Friendships And Opportunities Getting involved in the Authors Guild of Tennessee has given me new friendships, opportunities and options. We members are comfortable emailing or calling each other about anything that concerns or entertains us. We share requests for encouragement, such as when we’re promoting our books, and for prayer, such as when health issues arise. At the first meeting I at... Read More


Chapter Three podcast of "Pushing Back" released

By: Jim Hartsell on Thursday, 18 April 2019
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Good morning, all . . . The third chapter of “Pushing Back” was released yesterday and can be found here: http://housemountainviews.podbean.com/ along with Chapters One and Two, so you can listen to the newest installment or catch all three chapters and be ready for next Wednesday’s release of Chapter Four. The podcast is also available on iTunes now, if you would prefer that. Just ... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 18 April 2019
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The things we make ourselves vulnerable to are often the things that determine our attitude in life. We cannot surround ourselves with negativity and expect none of it to affect us. Negativity is as addictive as any other poor choice in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
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Our goal in life should be to get all we can out of life … not let life to take everything out of us. When we concentrate more on the positive things in our lives and less on what we wish we could change, we should find more happiness to enjoy.... Read More


Event Commitment Policies

By: Danielle Asher on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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Event Commitment Policies Events Coordinator (EC) shall email details of potential book signing events to all AGT members. Event information and deadlines shall also be posted on the AGT website by EC. Each author shall determine if his or her book(s) would sell well at any particular event. Each author shall reply via email to EC, expressing “Interest” and maximum fee he or she would pref... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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In life, we develop things about us that clarify our life. It may be the depth of our faith, our character and integrity, or our willingness to think of others before ourselves. Whatever it may be, having something that clarifies who you are will become your foundation in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 15 April 2019
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Don’t worry if the things you reach for in life are too high. It’s when we set goals higher than our reach is when we force ourselves to push past our limitations. You’re more capable than think, more resilient than you imagine, and possess strength you never realized.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 14 April 2019
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If you knew you were living your last week and it began with your friends praising you, but would end with them cheering to kill you, how would you feel? Jesus knew He would die soon but still loved us. If He was willing to die for us, we should be willing to live for Him.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 13 April 2019
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Sometimes, inspiring a crowd of people will have less effect on the world then someone who speaks to one person changes their heart, and they spread the love. Touching someone's heart may last a minute, but changing someone's heart can last a lifetime.... Read More


Chapter Two of "Pushing Back" released on podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Good afternoon, everyone . . . Here's a quick reminder that on Wednesday I released the second installment of my podcast. Chapter Two of "Pushing Back" is available here  along with Chapter One in case you missed it the first time around. I hope you enjoy the listen. Jim... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 12 April 2019
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Three ways to form a friendship are to be the first to smile, first to speak and call someone by their name. A smile is usually greeted by a smile; saying hello solicits a positive response, and calling someone by their name shows respect. All promote friendship.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 11 April 2019
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Sometimes, things we occasionally do can become a future problem. What starts as something casual can become an obsession. Having the insight to see this before it happens can prevent a life of sadness. Doing something because others do it can leave you all alone in a nightmare.... Read More


Two new podcasts now at findingmyway.libsyn.com

By: Jerome Morton on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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Podcast 67, "The Work," and podcast 68, "Year Two," are stories from my first two years as a school psychologist working in the inner city schools that were experiencing their first two years of integration (1969-1970 and 1970-1971).  I learned that kindness and the valuing of others carries us through the unexpected challenges life presents to us all.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
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In life, a country road may not be the fastest route, but it’s often the most beautiful. A walk along a tree line path may not be the shortest way, but it’s usually the most peaceful. Take time to enjoy these paths in life, you may discover the longest way can be the sweetest way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
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Sometimes, the steps we take in life are clear and easily seen. But there are times when our next step forward seems difficult, unclear, or uncertain. When this happens, taking a step back to calm the stress may be what you need to do and may end up being your best step forward.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 08 April 2019
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Caring for others is shown in many ways. Three that leave a part of us behind are a hug, a kiss, or a handshake. When we touch someone, we leave a loving impression that lasts until we see them again. Some of our greatest comfort to others comes from the love we leave behind.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 07 April 2019
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Every day, the love of God surrounds us. It’s in the innocence of a child’s face and in the sunrise and sunset of each day. But where we should see His love most should be in how we treat others. If His love lives in your heart, then it’s His love you extend to others each day.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 06 April 2019
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Often, our greatest inspiration in life doesn’t come from what we experience. It comes from the people we surround ourselves with and the relationships we develop with each. Moments of inspired brilliance come and go, but inspiration from our friendships can last a lifetime. My friends, today is another milestone for me. This is my 1800th inspirational writing since I started writing them nea... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 05 April 2019
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In life, it’s easy to live in the shadows of others, avoid challenges, and hide from a world we don’t understand. Some feel it’s easier to blend in than to stand out and risk being asked their opinion. If we allow others to make our decisions, we allow them to control our lives.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 04 April 2019
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In life, it’s not the quantity of the words you use to explain something, it’s the quality of the words. When you know how to say something in fewer words, it always sounds more like you know what you’re talking about.... Read More


New Podcast

By: Jim Hartsell on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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Good morning, everyone . . . Today begins my new podcast with Chapter One of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series. To hear the first installment, go to: housemountainviews.podbean.com There will be a new chapter every Wednesday morning, so stay tuned!   Thanks, and stay in touch.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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When you love someone, miles may separate your two hearts, but never the passing of time.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
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So much of life isn’t about what we know, but what we feel. This is why love is so important. We enjoy the gestures of love we receive, but it’s the feeling of belonging, being appreciated, and security is what makes love so special. I hope you have this love in your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for April 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 01 April 2019
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In life, we often receive back what we first gave to others. If we filled our life with friendships and sacrifices for others, then the love we showed is returned to us abundantly in our toughest times. Love grows strongest in the sunshine of a good friendship. Inspired by my friend, Margie Lucas... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 31, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 31 March 2019
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Life is about believing and having trust in something. It may be God, it may be others, or your faith and belief may only be in you. Whatever you place your trust in must be able never to let you down. There is only one place you can be sure of this, and that is a trust in God.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 30, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 30 March 2019
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Friendship is an essential thing. Though you may not think you are doing much for someone, you may be doing everything someone needs by caring. Never feel caring is not enough.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 29, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 29 March 2019
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Life is not always about what we want to do, but what we make ourselves do. If we lived our life doing only what we wanted to do, half of what we accomplish every day would never happen.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 March 2019
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Life is about how we interpret it. One person sees the beauty of a rose while another fears the thorns. We have choices in life to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us or fear the thorns that may hurt us. The one we choose may be more than a choice. It may be an example to others.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 March 2019
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One of the keys to happiness is finding something you love and making it a part of what you do every day. It may be your faith, a hobby, or something that only you enjoy. Live what you love and love what you live. It will help you see the good and not the bad in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
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One of the requirements for accomplishing anything is believing in it. Unless you believe you can do something, you’ll not put forth your best effort. Though we may not succeed at everything, we should not go into it expecting to fail and be surprised when we succeed.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 March 2019
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In life, it’s easier to give advice than to follow it. It’s easier to see the problems of others clearer than our own. The best advice we give to others is often the one we should apply to ourselves. Before we try to change others, let’s make sure a change is not needed in us.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 March 2019
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Sometimes in life, we look around, and all we see is our shadow. We feel alone with no one to talk to. We reach out and feel nothing in our darkness. Don’t be afraid, God is with you always, watching over you, and He felt your hand touch Him gently in the darkness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 March 2019
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In life, we will suffer disappointment that we won’t understand. It won’t be brought on by our actions, the actions of others, or anything we can control. It will merely be life. Often, what we least expect becomes what we must face. Don’t be dissuaded by these challenges.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 March 2019
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In life, one of the worst pains we endure is when we disappoint someone we love. We may not do it intentionally, but to our heart, it makes no difference. Disappointment is something we have a hard time forgetting, especially when it’s in ourselves.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 March 2019
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We all go through life the same way. One breath, one step, and many blessings at a time. How deeply we breathe shows our stress. The quickness of our steps shows how fast we live life. And, the blessings we remember to rejoice, keep us centered in our journey.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
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In life, we should always strive to be first … first to speak, first to smile, and first to show understanding. We should look for opportunities every day to show those we love they are first in our life. Don’t settle for second when being first can mean so much.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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Life is filled with many things that knock on the door of our heart. Beautiful music or the innocence of a child, often touch our heart. If you know what yours is, embrace it. If not, never stop looking for it because it may be the one thing that lifts your heart out of sadness.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 March 2019
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A positive attitude is when you think of more reasons to do the right the thing than excuses not to. The right thing may not always be what benefits you, but what will make a situation better.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 March 2019
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There are some things that only our faith can explain. Why we easily forgive others, why we feel content in a world of chaos, and why we know we are loved in spite of our shortcomings are all explained by our faith. When you know God’s love has no limit, faith explains everything.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 March 2019
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One of our greatest motivators in life is also one of our greatest fears. This fear will make us push harder, endure longer, and never give up. It’s the fear of disappointing those we love. In our heart, we can face any type of fear except letting down those we love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 March 2019
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In life, sympathy has a way of making us feel like the burdens of others should also be ours. We feel sorry for them and want to help fix their problems. Be careful of this temptation because what may be their burden today may become what they blame you tomorrow for not fixing.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 March 2019
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One of the hardest things to do in life is to hide our scars. Some run so deeply, they changed our lives. Others are superficial, but always remind us of the mistakes we’ve made. Everyone deserves to be happy. Don’t let your scars be the thing that’s standing in your way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 March 2019
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In life, it’s not always the person who says what needs to be said that people admire. It’s the person who says it in a way that everyone understands, accepts, and is inspired to follow.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 March 2019
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Sometimes, we feel like raindrops falling in the ocean. We make a small splash and then disappear. The truth is the sea needs those raindrops to exist. Like the raindrops, your friendship and caring make a difference and allow love to exist where it may not exist otherwise.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 March 2019
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Though it may be difficult, we need to remember just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should. And, just because we feel we should, doesn’t mean we need to. Our emotions often make us do things we shouldn’t. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best response.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 10, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 10 March 2019
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Sometimes, we’re going to say things that are not in our heart. This is why what’s in our heart means more to God than the words from our mouth. God knows the difference between what’s in our heart and what we may say out of emotion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 March 2019
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In life, it’s assumed that unless someone speaks up against something, they are for it. Other than this being an utterly ridiculous assumption, silence is sometimes our best response. Silence neither shows opposition or approval. It reserves opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 March 2019
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In life, we don’t always achieve the dreams we want, but we sometimes forget all we’ve accomplished. We take for granted the character traits we possess or the respect others may have for us. We may not be living our dreams, but someone may be dreaming of the life we’re living.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 March 2019
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The two biggest things holding us back in life are fear and guilt. Fear keeps us from attempting things we’ve never done, and guilt won’t let us forget the mistakes we made in the past. Until we overcome these two things, we’ll never get past our apprehensions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 6, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 06 March 2019
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Inspiration happens when you are aware of all that surrounds you, you look beyond the surface of what you see or hear, and then allow your emotions to expand all of this in your heart and mind.... Read More


My Masochistic Ritual

By: Jim Hartsell on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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I was performing my regular masochistic ritual of checking my book sales the other day and when I pulled up my Amazon author’s page, I found this listing for my first children’s book, “The Mountain Climber” (note the price):  The details are more than a little convoluted, but this particular book is in limbo right now and yesterday was listed (correctly) as out of print. When I che... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 March 2019
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One of our goals in life should be to learn from our mistakes. But we should also learn from the mistakes of others. Being aware of others mistakes and seeing their effect on them should also serve as a learning experience for us as well.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 March 2019
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One of the things we must try to be in life is approachable. Our attitude, our demeanor, and our appearance say a lot about us. If our mannerisms tell others to stay away, it may limit the love we receive. Building a wall around you also keeps those who care about you out.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 3, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 03 March 2019
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Prayer is like anything else in life. The longer you go without doing it, the more you forget to do it. Without prayer in your life, you may feel all alone. Don’t wait until special times to talk to God because the best time to pray is the moment you realize you haven’t.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 2, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 02 March 2019
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Everyone in life is a survivor. We’ve all been through things that may not have been life-threatening, but they were life-changing. We should keep this in mind as we interact with each other. No one is without scars from the personal battles they have fought in life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for March 1, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 01 March 2019
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In life, we all hear voices. Some that have given us good advice and others out of love. But, the one voice we all hear and have in common is our own. It’s there to make us stop and think before we act. Don’t ignore the voice within you. It speaks from years of experience.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 28, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 28 February 2019
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Life is like a two-lane country road meandering its way through moments of shade and bright beams of sunlight. It’s a winding road with curves that gently sway you from side to side and others where you are blinded as to what is around the next corner. Like this beautiful drive, don’t fear in life what you cannot see. Just be more cautious as you approach the blind curves of your life.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 27, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 27 February 2019
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Sometimes, miracles in life are not easy to see. They are hidden within things that went smoothly or in something tragic that could have been worse. Don’t expect your miracles to be something miraculous. They are often quiet as a falling snowflake and subtle as a gentle breeze.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 26, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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In life, we can’t allow regrets to be something we dwell on. Allowing regrets to question if we would be happier had we followed another path is futile. Everything in life is a learning experience and there are no assurances life would be better had we done it any differently.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 25, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 25 February 2019
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In life, we sometimes wonder if our chances to help change this world diminish over time. Actually, it increases instead of decreases due to the experience we gain with age. Experience is acquired over time, and when we share it with others, it can change someone’s world.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 24, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 24 February 2019
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Sometimes, there are limits to what we can do, what others can do, or what more can be done. Our mind doesn’t want to accept this, but our heart knows it’s true. When you face these moments, don’t give up or give in, instead look up, and let God help you find your strength within.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 23, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 23 February 2019
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Some of our most beautiful moments in life have nothing to do with what we see or hear. Some of them are created by the simplest words we read. It’s amazing what the words, “Like” and “Love” can mean to someone who cherishes your opinion.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 22, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 22 February 2019
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Every day, we should try to be a little better than we were yesterday. Sometimes, this requires we step back a step, regain our perspective, and then move two steps forward. Our greatest achievement isn’t always where we end up, but what we learn about ourselves along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 21, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 21 February 2019
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From our greatest disappointments can come our most significant changes. What may knock us down may also open our eyes and allow us to see changes we need to make. Whether the changes will be something positive or not depends on the perspective we have when we stand back up.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 20, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 20 February 2019
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In life, you can’t walk forward if you keep looking behind you. If you try, you will miss what is ahead of you, walk past opportunities you never see and allow what you cannot change to affect what you can. Live for today and tomorrow … not to make up for yesterday.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 19, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 19 February 2019
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In life, most success is the result of great sacrifices that were made. Often, those sacrifices were not made by us. Sometimes, love requires giving up something, so someone we love can succeed. Don’t forget those who sacrificed for you. It was a gesture of love.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 18, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 18 February 2019
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One of our goals in life should be to prove who we are every day. We do so through our choices, the strength of our convictions, and our consistency. How consist we are in what we stand for tells others who we are.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 17, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sunday, 17 February 2019
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The greatest strength we possess is the one that lives within us that picks us up, props us up, and pushes us forward. It’s the strength that assures us we are not alone and never without hope. It shows us through our faith we can endure all things.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 16, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 16 February 2019
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Sometimes in life, we don’t know what to do, so we must rely on what we can do. Not every decision will be correct, and others may be criticized, but sometimes all we have in life is our experience, wisdom, and common sense to make our hardest decisions.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 15, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 15 February 2019
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Sometimes, the only things that separate those who do things and those who don’t are the confidence to try and the courage to risk failing. Not everything we attempt in life will work, but those things we never try have no potential of succeeding.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 14, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 14 February 2019
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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.  Love knows no greater partner than understanding, devotion, and commitment. It’s not what we say that proves our love, but the place in our life we hold that special person. A touch upon their skin will fade away, but one upon their heart can last a lifetime.... Read More


Article Last Saturday

By: Susan Kite on Thursday, 14 February 2019
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I moved away and a year later get a call from the Cleveland Daily Banner. Colby Denton wanted to do an article. So we talked on the phone and this is what he wrote: http://clevelandbanner.com/stories/susan-kite-enjoys-writing-sci-fi-fantasy-fiction,94187 I think he did an excellent job and I am very grateful to him. Hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to share it!   sue... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 13, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Wednesday, 13 February 2019
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Sometimes, those who display the highest amount of confidence, possess the greatest amount of fear. What they show to others is continuously questioned by themselves and must be reinforced every day by their behavior. Deep inside, we all share the same inadequacies.... Read More


Thrillogy, new from Kaye George

By: Kaye George on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

reblogged from Travels With Kaye http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/2019/02/thrillogy.html Don’t you love that word? I love the way it sounds, what it evokes, but even more, I love that I have one just now published at Wildside!       Mine is a collection of all three of my Imogene Duckworthyshort stories. It’s great to have them together in one place. If you g... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 12, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
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People that we cherish in life never leave us. They may not be where we can see them, but through our memories, they’re always close. Our love for them will never fade because our heart never forgets those who touched our lives in a special way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 10 and 11, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 11 February 2019
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In life, we rarely care about anything we don’t believe in. If we have no confidence in it, belief in it, or see any worth to it, it’s difficult to know the importance of it. Sadly, this is how some people feel about themselves. We never know who needs to be lifted up every day. Sometimes in life, we feel we’re not the person we want to be. We know the person we are, b... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 9, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Saturday, 09 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

I was asked once if I had to give a young person one bit of advice, what would it be? My answer was: “It’s hard to change a first impression with a second attempt, so make sure you don’t have to rely on it.” What would have been your advice?... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 8, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Friday, 08 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

In life, it’s not the battles we win, but the ones we have the courage to fight. We may face unthinkable odds of prevailing, but none the less, we take on the battle. Not every war will be won, but every conflict will prove we cared.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 7, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Thursday, 07 February 2019
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In life, it’s not the number of days we live that means the most. It’s the number of days we didn’t sacrifice to anger, jealousy, or envy. It’s about living every day to its fullest without regret. Love and joy make a happier life than spite and revenge.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 5, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Tuesday, 05 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes in life, it’s not the shortest route we take that gets us to where we need to be, but the longest one. Often, the journey is as important as the destination. You may be on that journey now, be patient, there may be something that you’re needing to learn along the way.... Read More


Inspirational Writing for February 4, 2019

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Monday, 04 February 2019
| AGT Blog |

Sometimes, our greatest influence on others is not in our words or even our actions. It’s often in our decisions that affect others. How much we consider the feelings of others tells a lot about us. How kind, considerate, and empathetic we are, leaves an impression on others.... Read More