Sharpen Your Pencils

IMG_0185It’s no secret that coloring books are not just for kids anymore. In fact, coloring books are for ALL ages and abilities according to the New York Times article “Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons.” In addition, there is evidence that cognitive exercise such as creative arts is good for us as we age according to the article in Chicago Life “Protecting Your Brain from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” And according to CNN, “though they can be used by kids, these and other new coloring book titles are being marketed to stressed-out, work-addled adults, who want to benefit from the quiet zen that a coloring session can bring.” Continue reading

Women Who Put Their Stamp on History

IMG_0002March celebrates Women’s History Month. What better time than now to take a look at the women who have appeared on U.S. postage stamps

Beginning in 1902 and for more than 100 years, there are more than 200 U.S. postage stamps that commemorate both women and women’s issues. These women all share one thing in common. They have indeed left their stamp on history.

The women featured on U.S. postage stamps are activists, actors, athletes, artists, attorneys, authors, choreographers, comedians, dancers, designers, engineers, First Ladies, journalists, mothers, musicians, nurses, Olympians, painters, physicians, pilots, poets, publishers, Queens, scientists, senators, singers, wives, writers, and more.

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52 Favorite Gratitude Quotes


I started collecting quotes in the fifth grade. Thanks go to my teacher then–Mrs. Voss who made me write “To thine own self be true” 100 times on the blackboard because I was late to class that day.

I was not so thankful at the time, but in the decades that have passed, I have now collected more than 1,000 favorite quotes on topics ranging from appreciation to wisdom. And I have published many of them in books including The Little Book of Gratitude Quotes, The Little Book of Quotes by Women, and The Little Book of Success Quotes. So a belated “thank you” to a great teacher.

Here are some of my favorite gratitude quotes—52 that I have selected to use as inspiration for the upcoming holidays and to use as inspiring words to live by in each week of the coming year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathy Welton

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Help A Horse Day Helps Us To Experience Wonder

Saving a horse will not change the world…But surely it would change the world for that one horse.

~Author Unknown 

Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County celebrated ASPCA Help A Horse Day on April 26, 2014 with a special “Spa Day” to treat the Rescue Horses to a day all for THEM.

This event was so special and the horses and animals were awesome to see up close including the “gentle giant” Clydesdales, the “precious ponies,” the goat (Candy Cane), sheep “escapees,” and the love of Ashland and her owner as well as the obvious friendship of the rescue horses Cowboy and Spice. I loved every moment that I was there that day to experience this wonder!

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3 Small Steps to Simplify Our Lives

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

business organizationSpring has sprung and what better time to make way for new and better things to come into our lives. By simplifying the world around us in just a few simple steps, we can invite more of what we value, get quality over quantity, and provide an opportunity to serve and support what is most important to each of us.

Here are three small steps that can make a big difference:

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The Year of the Horse…Gallops On

Anything is possible. If you just believe.

~Author Unknown

The Year of the Horse officially began on January 31, 2014 and ends on February 18, 2015.

According to astrologer Susan Levitt:  “In the Year of the Wood Horse…decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction…. In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things.”

Whether you were born under the Chinese sign of the horse…or not, here are some things to do to bring good things to these magnificent animals.

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