Sunday Inspiration: Let there be peace!

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. My heart goes out to…

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Sunday Inspiration: Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey So many inspiring quotes for Valentine’s Day, we found it hard to choose. But in the end we liked this quote from Oprah…

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Sunday Inspiration: Buried Treasure

Surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe…

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Sunday Inspiration: Dignity can’t be negotiated!

I saw this on the internet recently, and I found it thought provoking. I can’t find information about the author, and I’ve seen this quoted on websites from both sides of the aisles. It’s clear we can always argue about what an injustice is or isn’t. But let’s not argue, let’s read this story with…

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2022: A Year of Peaks and Valleys

Both 2021 and 2022 have been filled with peaks and valleys, haven’t they? And now I have more for you. Meet Peaks and Valleys, A Shenandoah Album Collection.  Peaks and Valleys was published at the beginning of this month, and is now available as both an ebook and a paperback. Click on the cover to…

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Sunday Inspiration: Mr. Rogers

With his wisdom and humor and creativity, Mr. Rogers helped many of us raise our children into mature adults. In his gentle and unimposing way he supported and encouraged children to become the best versions of themselves. These are a few of my favorite quotes of his, but you can find more here. Thank you…

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2021: A Great Year for Books? Tell Us Your Favorites.

Did you notice I’ve been missing? Or that Sunday Inspiration posts are the only ones on Southern Exposure since early fall? Okay, so you didn’t notice, and frankly neither did I. In fact, when I began to think about this, I couldn’t remember when my new aversion to deadlines began to infect my blogging, too.…

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Sunday Inspiration: Hate is too great a burden to bear

“Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Many of our inner conflicts are rooted in hate. This is why psychiatrists say, ‘Love or perish.’ Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -Dr. Martin…

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Sunday Inspiration: God’s dream

God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion. Desmond Tutu   These words are in memory of Bishop Tutu, a great religious and political leader who helped the people of South Africa move towards justice,…

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