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Joy Beat Blog

Staying connected with JOY matters. I have found that reading inspirational stories and insights around joy greatly increases my joy factor. I have also found that sharing some of my best tools and techniques for keeping JOY alive are useful and helpful. I created the JOY beat to provide a fun and joyful blog for you. In addition, it’s a way for you to keep up to date with all the happenings in our Life Full of JOY world. Don’t miss a beat-sign up today! 

Perspective

Storms of Our Lives

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about “storms” happening in my life and, as if on cue, a thunder and lightening storm rolled in. I was quite fascinated by the stillness that happened just prior to the storm, the intensity that followed with gusty winds, blowing trees, rain and

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Love

A Warm Welcome

I recently had two completely opposite experiences in restaurants. I’ll start with the not-so-great one. I was out of town for a conference. I visit this community about two times a year and have a favorite restaurant. The food and service have always been exceptional, so it’s always the number

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Perspective

What is the Difference Between a Flower or Weed?

I was walking Mav, per our usual routine, and one day I noticed this beautiful yellow flower—at least that’s what I thought it was. I sat and admired it for a moment. There were weeds all around it. When I got home, I told my husband about this flower. He

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Emotion

The Cue Card

One minute. . .thirty seconds. . . ten seconds. . .wrap. These were the cards that would be held up for me during my time working at a public television station—well, at least until they got these fancy ear pieces and the cues would come right into my ear. That

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Love

The Things Money Can’t Buy

I am fascinated about what I see in our culture these days, changes in our world, in the economy, in the way we interact with each other. . .I could go on and on. In particular, I find myself curious about money and what we think it can or can’t

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People

The Stake of Humanity

I did something I never thought I’d do. I called someone out for being rude. Let me explain. I was waiting in line at one of my favorite local coffee shops. There was a woman who was trying to find a sandwich. I won’t go into all the details, but

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