Permission to Catch Your Breath

September 22, 2012

Tomorrow morning I’m going to the Grand Canyon with my husband, Richard. A little GET-AWAY so we can catch our breath and be inspired by God’s creativity. We’ll be back home Sunday night and at work on Monday morning. Short trip! This spur of the moment trip comes right after friend and author Diane Markins [...]

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Introducing New Book “Women in High Def” by Diane Markins

September 13, 2012

Shortly after I moved from snowy Minnesota to sunny Arizona 14 years ago, I met a lovely tall woman named Diane Markins. (Of course, almost everyone is taller than Joan C. Webb, but never mind!!) I’m grateful that God introduced us, because Diane has become a caring friend, as well as a talented, supportive fellow-writer. Today [...]

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What Wears You Down? Perfectionism?

September 10, 2012

One definition of perfectionism (or striving too hard to make it just right) is “the theory that moral, religious, or social perfection can be attained by mortals.” (Yikes!) It’s merely a theory, yet some of us have lived like we believe this notion—and it’s worn us down. This morning I admitted to myself that I’m [...]

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Invitation to Homeschool Writing Class in Phoenix Area

September 6, 2012

Your homeschool children are invited to join with other young writers. Last year I spent two fun-filled semesters teaching writing at a homeschool co-op in Gilbert, Arizona. (Check out the fun on our website from the first fall 2011. http://storiesfromskylinecourt.blogspot.com.) We just had a few cancellations, so there is room for your children in grades [...]

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Happy Un-Labor Day!

September 3, 2012

Tomorrow I’ll wake up and it will be Labor Day 2012. Yet all I can think of is: Happy Un-Labor Day, Joan! Over the years I’ve had a love-hate relationship with work. It’s not fun when my work/job controls me…kind of like a big bully. When I let the big bully win, I eventually face [...]

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Just Because I’m Different Doesn’t Mean I’m Wrong

August 25, 2012

Lately I’ve been reflecting on this reality: my close friend honestly views our relationship, interaction, communication, conflicts and resolutions differently than I do. And it’s not because we have vastly opposing beliefs or values. It’s primarily because we have different personalities and temperaments. She doesn’t want exactly what I want. And she really doesn’t need [...]

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Can You Be Too Perfect?

August 18, 2012

Have you ever tired too hard and it sabotaged your success? If so, you’re in good company.  Does the name Rory McIlroy sound familiar? Probably so, if you play or watch golf or love anyone who does. Last weekend I watched as Rory won the 2012 PGA Championship and regained his “#1 golfer in the [...]

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Get Out of Your Summer Rut!

August 4, 2012

Did you have a goal for your summer 2012 that you haven’t reached yet? That’s okay. You still have time! Autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 22. You have seven full weeks to take intentional steps toward reaching your desire. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a suggestion: 1. Take a few reflective moments to [...]

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Stress, Headaches, and Relief

July 26, 2012

According to the National Headache Foundation more than 45 million Americans suffer from various types of recurring headaches. Reports show that the majority of these headaches are tension related. The NHF suggests that “learning to live one day at a time” may relieve anxiety that contributes to the pain and inconvenience of muscle-contraction headaches. Long before this admonition appeared on NHF’s [...]

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One Little Girl Learns About Freedom

July 17, 2012

In my last blog post (Is Freedom Fading? 3 Ways to Honor Our Country), I promised to share a personal story with you. So here goes: I gave my third-grade granddaughter a cute cloth bag embroidered with the words “Be still…”, a key chain with a cross, and a journal notebook with a Bible verse [...]

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