I found a plush, warm, gray sweater that seemed to wrap itself around me with deep pockets and tried it on. It felt so good, but when I looked into the mirror I saw my husband behind me shake his head no. “No?” I asked. “Why not?”

Portrait of a young redhead woman in winter mountains.
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“Because it’s gray and you’ve had a lot of gray days lately,” he said. He was right. The winter days have been rainy, dark and cold and it has definitely affected my mood.

I have to admit, I have a love hate relationship with winter. I love the cold air when I breathe…


One day I was coming out my front door and looked down on the walkway in front of me to see a little Sparrow lying on the pavement, flapping its wings trying to get up. I looked around to see if any other birds might be a part of this little creature’s life.

Hands holding sparrow.
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I saw nothing and leaned down to see if I could pick it up. I waited to see if it would try to get away, but it didn’t. …


When my friend walked by my desk looking really sharp in her stylish, black suit, I remarked how great she looked. She said she had just come out of a senior management meeting.“Is that your senior management suit?” I asked. We laughed, and she said something funny to me about my casual dress.

Child looking at stairs.
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We were a little sarcastic, and it was funny. It lightened up our day because we’re friends and wouldn’t do anything to hurt each other.

But there are times when sarcasm really hurts. Even the word itself can leave a bad taste in your mouth when you…


Our 12-year-old granddaughter, Jayne, texted me every hour or so during the six-hour drive from south Georgia to our house in Virginia a few days after Christmas.

Red bird sitting on a branch in the snow.
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“Hey Nana, can you put some snow in the freezer? That way, we can feel Virginia snow when we get there.” she wrote. “Yes, I will, I said, but there is still some snow on the ground.” I sent her some photos of about an inch or so still lingering in our yard.

I was hoping it would be there when they got here because they had not seen snow before, and I…


When my friend walked by my desk looking really sharp in her stylish, black suit, I remarked how great she looked. She said she had just come out of a senior management meeting.“Is that your senior management suit?” I asked. We laughed, and she said something funny to me about my casual dress.

Child sitting on bench.
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We were a little sarcastic, and it was funny. It lightened up our day because we’re friends and wouldn’t do anything to hurt each other.

But there are times when sarcasm really hurts. Even the word itself can leave a bad taste in your mouth when you…


Our grandchildren usually decorate our tree during Thanksgiving, but we didn’t get to share the holiday with them this year.

There was just a moment when my husband and I talked about not going downstairs and bringing all the Christmas decorations up.

Christmas Star
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However, that moment disappeared when I heard my favorite Christmas song; “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the most famous poet of the 19th century, was inspired to write the poem, we know now, as the Christmas carol, on Christmas day in 1863.

Two years earlier, he lost his wife of 18 years. She…


Before the holidays began, I spoke with my 5-year-old grandson on the telephone. He and his two little brothers live in Knoxville, Tenn. I told him we would meet him in Washington, D.C. at his aunt house for the Thanksgiving holidays.

He was so excited about being able to see us. He said, “Oh, Nana, will you be bringing me “Happy Meal” toys?” It seems that I have become the grandparent who gives him the little things in life.

Hamburger with fries.
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When our youngest son was little, his favorite toys were happy meal toys. We collected them when we ate at the…


When we lived in Texas, I had a friend who needed to write a paper about Hispanic Heritage Month for an English assignment. She asked me what I thought was the most important thing young people in the Rio Grande Valley needed to succeed in life.

A sign with “Don’t Give Up” in bold on the front.
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While I was thinking about the answer, she said everyone else had told her the answer was education. I agreed that education was definitely the answer for success in any person’s life, young or old, but there is something we must have even to reach that goal. It is hope.

Even parents with limited…


The little town where we lived outside of Augusta, Georgia was very small. There was an elementary school, a flower shop, a bank, a minute market and a family owned restaurant and, of course, many churches. We knew just about everyone in the community, and everyone knew our youngest son.

He was a friendly child, with whitish, blonde hair, who was always zipping around the neighborhood on his red bicycle. First thing every morning during the summer he would get dressed and off he would go for his morning ride. …


I ran across a good illustration this week that paints an excellent picture of how important it is to stop and think about what we do with the hours in our day. It was about a philosophy professor who wanted to teach his students a lesson that went beyond the classroom.

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When his students begin to noisily arrive for his class, the professor stood patiently at his desk with just a few items in front of him.

After the bell rang and the young men and women settle down, he wordless picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded…

Deana Landers

I have had many roles in life — Pastor’s Wife, Nurse/Health Educator, Writer, Christian Speaker and Blogger @ https://www.morningcoffeebeans.com

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