January 2017 Inspiration

January 2017 Inspiration

Happy 2nd Day of January! Sometimes I think this is the hardest day of the year because it’s the first day back to everything…without a holiday in sight for months. The snow is no longer cheery (if it ever was) and the Christmas decorations come down (either by design or they fall). Personally, I love January. It breathes new beginnings. New opportunities. Fresh starts. What I’m Being Inspired By Current Jam: Yes, yes, I know. Alice in Wonderland came out...
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In Memoriam of 2016: A Poem

In Memoriam of 2016

In Memoriam of 2016, I’ve written this poem (well, really, for every year past). May it make you chuckle and breathe relief as we move from one year past to one year new. A word from Barbara, Lady Tennysdaughter, who sends her thanks for the thoughtful year, witty friends, and silly twists.   Ring out, cell phone, to the wild sky, The flying yell, the frosty trill: The year is dying from the mill; Ring out, cell phone, and let...
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When Hope Is Not Enough

You’d think that by now, I would understand hope. Well, maybe you didn’t, but I sure as coconuts thought that I’d have some sort of grasp on hope. I know The Hope. Yes, I’m talking about Jesus here. Intellectually, I recognize that Jesus is my hope. Not only does Jesus offer purpose for my life, but by his not-giving-me-what-I-actually-deserve, Jesus has given me the promise of eternity with him. Why doesn’t that fill me with joyous exclamations and rooftop hallelujahs?...
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LIVE OUT grace

LIVE OUT grace

In a conversation with a friend, we were discussing how to handle frustrating groups of people. You know the kind: People who can’t see past their own noses, who say ‘how are you’ but don’t wait for the answer, and who might be physically present but not emotionally. These soul-suckers and emotional drainers drag us down with their see-through-you-but-don’t-see-you gaze. Our conversation went something like this: Me: We need to hit them over the heads with bricks and then hip-wiggle...
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Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Tugging my winter hat over my ears, I reached for my puff coat and slipped my arms in. The Florida sunshine giggled at me as it beamed through the curtains of my bedroom, and I shook my head. Christmas and December meant snow. And cold. And if I couldn’t be where it was, I’d imagine myself there. And nothing helps imagination more than reality. I zipped up my coat and tapped my booted heels together. Blink, blink, squeeeeeze tight. Cool air...
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Interview and Giveaway: The Thorn Healer by Pepper D. Basham

Oh, friends, I am so thrilled to be able to be a part of the book blog tour announcing The Thorn Healer by Pepper D. Basham. Seriously, this is a proud moment for this little internet space. I first found out about Pepper from my sister who transplanted to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a teaching position where she met Pepper. When my sister found out that Pepper was an author, my sister kind of sort of made internet introductions....
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11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

Finding the perfect gift for your traveling reader can be as easy as an Amazon giftcard, but if you want to get more personal than that, allow me to offer you a Christmas gift springboard of ideas. And yes, I’m using Amazon affiliate links (this means a tiny profit for me and no extra charge for you). I’m not an affiliate of Etsy, but I love it. 1. Animal Travel Pillow If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you know...
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What Should I Read For Christmas?

Christmas reads angel

Cozying up under a thick blanket with a cup of tea and wonderful book is undeniably one of my favorite things about the Christmas holidays. And the best thing is that Christmas reading has become so much easier, whether it’s a quick Amazon download or a library borrow. Unlimited Christmas reading options. Last year was my very first Christmas away from home. It was weird. But, that’s when I discovered Christmas novellas. If I couldn’t be with my family, I...
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December 2016 Inspiration

December 2016 Inspiration aerial silks

Oh, hello, December! What’s not to love about this month? We blink and it’s over, but mostly that has everything to do with the flurry of shopping, holiday events, and visiting that crowds our calendars. What do you love most about December? Really, I want to know! I adore the Christmas music, and I kind of love the excuse to spend too much money on loved ones. I’m breaking my budget right now…which is a questionable decision, I know. What...
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Author Interview: Tessa Emily Hall (& Giveaway!!)

Today, I’ve a special treat for you all! For the first time ever, Cordially Barbara has the chance to be a part of a Book Blog Tour! *waves excitedly* Hi! In May of this year, Tessa Emily Hall and I were in the same writers’ conference, but you know, I don’t think she and I ever met. But, I kept seeing her on the social media hashtags. Isn’t social media sometimes the best? After stalking Tessa and reading Purple Moon,...
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