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FREE TO SOAR by Kristi Cain
Friday, July 9, 2021 by Patti Shene

FREE TO SOAR
When you feel weighed down...

Ready for a little more freedom? Read on…

 

 

Almost 250 years ago, a group of determined British citizens gathered in Philadelphia and took a tremendous risk. Knowing that failure meant death on the gallows, they banded together to break the bonds of government tyranny and changed the course of Western civilization forever.

 

 

 

Whether it is the chains of government tyranny, current events, secular pressures, personal trials, or sin itself, we can all relate to feeling weighed down by a world seeking to do anything but set us free.
 

 

 

 

As we celebrate another anniversary of political freedom in our country and the sacrifices it required, it is also a tremendous opportunity to consider the freedom that awaits us in the kingdom of heaven. A chance to turn our steps away from the pitfalls that keep us from our true purpose and highest calling.
 

 

 

 

God's original plan for humanity was built upon freedom: the gift of free will in a perfect and sin-free world. But just like it does for us today, freedom in Eden came with responsibility. One of the devil's favorite conditions to obscure our understanding of. The devil's go-to tool for overruling our choices with his snares.
 

 

 

 

But even when we lose our way, God gave us a lifelong hope of deliverance with the incomprehensible sacrifice of our savior Jesus Christ.
 

 

 

 

The more we honor him and choose to put him first in our lives--above all human and worldly influences--the freer we will become.
 

 

 

 

One of the biggest ways we can feel trapped in life is when we are out of step with our divine purpose. We were each created with a unique set of gifts honed by our experiences. Part of the promise that God offers us is in this life is the freedom to make the kind of contribution he created us for.
 

 

 

 

Whether it is due to obligations, trials, pressures from those around us, or simple fear of failure, too many of us find ourselves in jobs or circumstances that leave us feeling stifled and unfulfilled.
 

 

 

 

There are times in my life that I have fallen into snares instead of investing in the creative and spiritual gifts God wants me to share with others. Times when I tried to conform my gifts to a distorted vision of what I thought the world would be more likely to approve.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Even worse, there are times when I have faced temptations to give into the darkness of despair, so distracted by the brokenness of the world and my own spirit that I failed to turn to my one true source of eternal freedom and hope.
 

 

 

 

The answers I discovered through my own winding path of trial and error have formed the foundation of the new Key of Shadows series I've been working on (currently editing book one, Rescuing the Dark), a Christian supernatural fiction trilogy seeking to shed light on the higher purpose that awaits us through our darkest season.
 

 

 

 

One of the latest tools I've developed to help reach future readers who would like to unleash their own heroic potentials is my new gifting profile quiz, "Discover Your Destiny." After a short series of questions based on your unique desires and aspirations, it will give you a profile of your personal characteristics and strengths to help you find the greatest possible fulfillment in your life. Just click here to give it a try!
 

 

 

 

Special thanks to my dear friend and psychology expert, Dr. Edward Stone of Lee University for serving as my chief consultant and so generously lending his time and talents to this project!
 

 

 

 

From now on, I will also be including a special message for each destiny profile from the quiz to give you some more personalized encouragement every month.
 

 

 

 

Whether or not you take the quiz, I hope you'll take advantage of the unlimited possibilities God wants to open up in your life by leaning a little more on him each day. When you do that, you'll not only find yourself on the right path, but one day you'll look down and realize you've learned to fly--even soar.

 

 

 

DIVINE DESTINY TALKING POINTS:
(for those who've taken my quiz)

 

 

Life-giving Rescuers: To you, freedom will look like the ability to provide for yourself and your family without any barriers. This month, I'd like to challenge you to look up from your responsibilities and stretch into areas of relationships and ideas to enjoy some opportunities to feed your heart, mind, and spirit as well.

Protecting Rescuers: To you, freedom will look like the peace of mind that comes from safety and security. This month, I'd like to challenge you to let down your guard enough to invest in some interpersonal connections with family or friends and get help with the load your broad shoulders always carry.

Compassionate Rescuers: To you, freedom will look like the chance to stay close to family, friends, and loved ones. This month, I'd like to challenge you to reflect on the quality of your relationships and their fit with your values and needs in order to enjoy the greater freedom of deeper intimacy and reciprocity. Or better yet, take some time for yourself and give yourself permission to celebrate and acknowledge your unique gifts that no one else may have.

Leading Rescuers: To you, freedom will look like open doors of opportunities to pursue your many goals. This month, I'd like to challenge you to look around and consider the needs of those who could use a little more compassion or provision. Even if it feels uncomfortable at first, you can make a bigger difference than you realize--both in your life and the lives of others.

Spiritual Rescuers: To you, freedom will look like having space to reflect on your ideals and hone your unique understanding of the world. This month, I'd like to challenge you to step back from your special areas of focus and walk in rhythm with a broader practical balance, having the humility to ask for help when needed. Even starving artists have to eat from time to time!  

 

 

YOUR TURN!
Don't make me do all the talking - I'd love to hear from you!

What are some ways you've discovered your true calling? What freedoms has this led to in your life?

Do you want to hear about anything else? Any prayer requests?

Just shoot me an email - don't be shy! And I promise to reply!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work looks a lot like play for Kristi Cain and includes freelance writing for Crosswalk, inspirational blogging, writing fantastical stories of Christian fiction, teaching English to teens, and being able to say, “I’m a former journalist.” Home is nestled in the Smoky Mountain foothills with her husband and teenage children. If you ever want a little encouragement in your day, check out her newsletter. Hop over to her website for her latest happenings and join her Facebook group, a fun, faith-based community.

 

Cain’s life experiences and faith journey have lent her the lens through which she shapes stories of unlocking the light of destiny out of darkness. These experiences include the difficult journey through her daughter’s medical crisis, which is one of the featured threads in her debut novel, Rescuing the Dark, Book One of The Key of Shadows trilogy.

 


Comments

Sherry Shindelar From MN At 7/17/2021 10:21:07 AM

Inspiring and encouraging message! Thank you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sherry. So glad you stopped by. Blessings on your weekend!

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PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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10/23/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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10/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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10/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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10/3/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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9/11/2015

LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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8/22/2015

INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012