Mar 022015
10 Meaningful Gifts for People in Wheelchairs

Every item on this list of gifts for quadriplegics, paraplegics, and other people in wheelchairs will encourage them not to lose heart. These gifts are based on the most common health conditions and problems that paraplegics and quadriplegics face – from depression to chronic pain – and will help them stay healthy and comfortable. One of the biggest problems for people with disabilities is depression. Not surprisingly, people in wheelchairs report higher rates of stress

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Feb 242015
How to Go Back to College at 40

These tips for going back to college at forty (or 50, or 30) are inspired by the Parable of the Lemon Trees. Finding the balance between faith and action is what this parable is all about when you’re figuring out how to go back to college as a mature student. If you don’t know what program to go into, read What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. Richard Bolles’

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Feb 212015
12 Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso

These gift ideas for all types of artists – painters, sculptors, cartoonists, potters, textile artists, and more – are inspired by the Parable of Pablo Picasso. I love this parable because it’s both inspirational and realistic. It offers insight into the painter’s life, and that’s one of the best gifts you can give an artist. Picasso (the book cover is pictured) is Philippe Dagen’s exploration of the artist Pablo Picasso’s techniques, materials, and images. Dagen reveals

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Feb 182015
How to Stop Being Jealous

Last night I had a nasty bout of jealousy, and today I learned that hundreds of people search for “how to not be jealous” every day. Phew – I’m not alone! These tips on how to stop being jealous are inspired by The Parable of the Green Eyed Monster. You won’t overcome jealousy simply by reading this blog post. It takes time and energy to build your feelings of self-worth, which is why I recommend The

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Feb 132015
6 Ideas for Creative Memorial Services

These creative memorial service ideas are inspired by the Parable of the Two Ships, which teaches us that a peaceful return home is a cause for celebration. The most important thing to remember when you’re searching for memorial service ideas is your departed loved one’s personality, likes, dislikes, hobbies, and lifestyle. The suggestions in this article are meant to get your creative juices flowing – you may not find the exact right idea for a memorial

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Feb 102015
10 Gifts for After a C-Section - Recovery for New Moms

A new mom gets plenty of baby gifts – but what she really needs are things to help her heal after a c-section. These gifts for after c-section recovery are based on advice for healing from doctors and women who have experienced cesarean surgeries. Except for my first idea – “Porn” for New Moms: From the Cambridge Women’s Cooperative! Don’t let the title of this book fool you – it’s book of photos of hunky dads doing all

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Feb 062015
How to Change Careers

Changing careers isn’t easy, but you won’t regret it. These five tips on how to change your career are inspired by a parable about an old man who wanted to teach his sons the value of wise decision making. In Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger describe how the power of personality types can help you find

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Feb 032015
Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women Who Have Everything

Inspired by the fable of Cupid, this list of unique Valentine’s Day gifts will help you find the exact right gift for a woman who has everything. Go beyond boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses on February 14 (not that there’s anything wrong with chocolates and roses on Valentine’s Day! They’re just not unique gifts for women who have everything). The Sterling Silver, Gold, and Diamond Triple Heart Pendant Necklace is a gorgeous Valentine’s Day

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Jan 312015
How to Be Spiritual in Your Daily Life

It’s easy to practice spirituality when you’re meditating alone or reading spiritual books by Anne Lamott or C.S. Lewis. More challenging is to know how to be spiritual in your daily life, especially if you always seem to find yourself swept up in schedules, rush hour, errands, work, etc. We need reminders that there is much more than what we see and hear. A bracelet, ring, or necklace – such as the Faith, Mustard Seed, and

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Jan 292015
37 Money Making Ideas for College Students

These ideas on how to make money for college students are inspired by the Parable of the Talking Parrot, and based on a survey I conducted on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn. In Paying for College Without Going Broke, you’ll learn how to calculate the actual costs of being a college student, increase your chances of receiving financial aid, compare financial aid offers and learn how to appeal if needed. You’ll also learn how

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