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A Life Well Lived is Like a Kayak Well Paddled

jpegJust fetch a paddle and get into the kayak; is it really that easy? The answer is, “no.” Add a swift creek tide and you have a challenge on your hands.

Kayaking is all about balance.  It’s about hugging the marsh to escape the currents or pull. Sometimes you paddle backwards when you get into a challenging situation.  There are those times when going with the flow is the way to go.  It’s about timing your journey.

Thomas and I kayaked along Hut Creek last week. I hugged the shore for safety and paddled backwards as I fought the pull of the tide.  We timed our excursions to enjoy God’s blessings and especially loved drifting with the tide.

Posted in encouragement, inspiration, life lessons, living life by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Holidays with the Ho, Ho, Ho’s

funny_turkey_picture-1Having the ability to laugh at yourself is a gift, especially at the Holidays.  God help those who don’t know how.

One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is permission to laugh; especially when you can laugh at yourself.  Even better, allow a good hardy snort every now and again.

A few years ago, I was speaking at an after dinner Holiday  banquet.  The gentleman in charge stood up before my introduction and made this statement:

“Before I introduce our speaker, I would like for all the ho’s to stand. Let’s show our ho’s how much we love them!”

I could not believe my ears. Then he continued. “Is the head ho here?” This nice looking woman stood and just beamed. Suddenly, a friend of mine at the head table got in my face and said with pride, “I was the head ho last year.”

Posted in attitude, humor, living life by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Susan Connelly’s Purple Casket; Live Life to the Fullest

Susan Connelly is someone I refer to as my “pearl-friend.”  Since the release of my book, “Bury Me With My Pearls” I like to remember those jewels in my life who have added meaning to my strand of pearls called, life. Susan was one of those treasured women. She was "buried with her pearls," and Susan’s purple casket reminds me of to live life to the fullest.

Susan Connelly is someone I refer to as my “pearl-friend.”  Since the release of my book, “Bury Me With My Pearls” I like to remember those “jewels” who have added meaning to my strand of pearls called, life. Susan was one of those treasured women. She was “buried with her pearls,” and Susan Connelly’s purple casket reminds me to live life to the fullest.

Susan had more energy than any other person I had ever known and loved to entertain. Her invitations always read, “meet at the purple house.”  The chartreuse, wood-paneled station wagon parked against her purple house shouted Susan and Charlie Connelly’s love for fun. Your senses were on over-load with the color of the house followed by laughter and the smell of delicious Southern food. Susan’s flair for Southern hospitality and wonderful gatherings bring back some of my best memories.

Posted in Bury Me With My Pearls, living life, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.