January 2, 2019

Christmas and other special holidays send us into such a tailspin! 

  • We spend money we don’t have
  • load up on food we don’t need or want
  • we lose sleep
  • we are never satisfied with our results
  • nothing seems ever enough
  • we’re anxious for it to be over

The gift . . . the best gift . . . the only one that truly touches hearts and changes lives . . . did not and cannot be tucked in a box.  It can be given, be shared, it never runs out, is never the wrong size or color, it doesn’t make you fat nor require words.

It was and is and always will be LOVE.

We can share it daily!


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December 10, 2018


That joy and wonder . . . take hold of it . . . such a gift


November 10, 2018

It always seems so difficult

to have lost the ones you love

even though we know that they

are pain free up above.

But oh the happy memories

that come back with a start!

For I know that they are nearest

When I look inside my heart.

By Martha L Shaw ©2018


Snow Angels

December 15, 2016

Impressions in the snow,

A warmth no chill can mask,

Remind of glad tidings

Both now and yet to come!

By Martha L Shaw – © 12-9-2013

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December 13, 2016

Can You Hear It?

The silence has wings

And I feel the gentle breeze

As they flutter near to me.

My heart hears a sweet song

And my soul dances

With joy.


By Martha L Shaw ©2015


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November 21, 2016

That moment when you stop feeling sorry for yourself and realize YOU ARE LOVED!  Save time and trouble by dropping your attitude of selfishness and opt for gratitude!

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November 18, 2016

As we approach Thanksgiving and our focus on giving thanks moves to the forefront where it belongs, I am reminded of my dearly departed best friend and sister in Christ, Becky.  So many stories to share, late night giggles, discoveries, problems solved over ice cream, and the 3 hour phone calls . . . but as soon as my eyes fell upon the word mythical, I thought of turkeys!

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As the story began, we chatted on the phone, Becky, my goddaughter Alice, and I.  Alice eagerly shared the tale of the mythical turkeys!  She and her folks had driven through the beautiful mountain roads to visit the grandparents  and in grandma’s neighborhood their journey was halted as a family of turkeys crossed the road.   When my friends reached their destination, they shared the turkey encounter and were told “never seen any wild turkeys around here!”

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Each time, from that visit on,they met the family of turkeys en route to grandma’s and she always responded that same way and called them “mythical turkeys.” Alice waited for the day grandma would finally see them, but the day never came.  There are NO mythical turkeys in NC, I assure you.  Upon my visit with my friends I SAW THE TURKEYS!   THEY ARE REAL!

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13 Thanksgiving Treats Kids will Gobble Up

November 8, 2016

Though I am the last of my blood kin, many of you have huge families to prepare for and the are great for kids of all ages! Are we not, many, children of God? Share, enjoy!


November 7, 2016

A change of season always brings renewal.

 When we open ourselves to the possibilities,

we see the beauty!  

When we walk in faith,

we reflect the sun!

By Martha L Shaw ©2016

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Joy From The Dust

November 30, 2014

Memories set aside in stacked up empty boxes in the attic of my too quiet house.  I was certain I would leave them there assuming Mom’s too recent passing, she being the last of them . . . it would be less painful.  But, one or two small baubles might . . . perhaps a little something else . . . oddly enough, the house feels more a home now as the old boxes were filled not with things nor ghosts but of shared joy.  – from Martha L Shaw Thoughts Over Morning Coffee

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