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December 2013 - Connie Mann
Those pesky After-Christmas Blues

Those pesky After-Christmas Blues

It happens every year. Once I get going and get my Christmas on, I don’t want it to end. I want to keep shopping and baking and wrapping and most of all, spending time with loved ones, far and near. I want to keep singing carols and wishing people a “Merry Christmas”...
An Unexpected Peace

An Unexpected Peace

Come with me to Flanders, Belgium, on a cold, wet Christmas Eve many years ago. The fighting had been intense; the weather miserable, and peace on earth seemed very far away. Muddy and cold, British soldiers hunkered down in narrow trenches, safely out of range of...
One Easy Way to Make a Difference

One Easy Way to Make a Difference

I tend to think big, which can get me in trouble.  I can come up with huge, fabulous ideas for projects all day long. But putting them into action? I get overwhelmed and often, never take the first step. I’ve run into the same thing when I’ve tried to figure out how...
Two Lies that Wreck our Holidays

Two Lies that Wreck our Holidays

It’s the first week of December and I already feel I’m way behind. And if I’m honest, there is a corner of my heart that is already a bit disappointed. Because I know, deep down, no matter how hard I try, my Christmas will not look like the holiday I long for. Friends...