A Woman's Voice




Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her ‘beauty tips.’  It was read at her funeral years later. 

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  

For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others. 


Thanks Lori for sharing this wonderful poem and picture!

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES AND ANECDOTES ~ Common Courtesy ~ November 27, 2011 by Dolores ayotte

“Courteous people learn courtesy from the discourteous.” 

Does this quote from the book “Veil of Roses” by Laura Fitzgerald make any sense to you? It sure does to me. Common courtesy or common decency can be as uncommon as common sense.  As you can see, I’m full of oxymorons today. What I am actually trying to say is this…when I witness people being rude or unkind to others, it really gets my goat.   As soon as I observe such unacceptable behavior I always do a self-check. I almost bend over backwards to treat people with even more kindness than I normally do.

There is no way that I want to behave in such a discourteous or disrespectful way.  In essence, I  immediately become even more courteous and behave the exact opposite of the negative behavior I may have just observed. Therefore, the above quote may actually be true in many instances. My husband and I have a couple of cute expressions of our own. When we observe bad behavior my husband will often say, “if I ever act like that, please let me know” or “remind me ‘not’ to act like that”. What do you think? Do you also bend over backwards to ‘not’ act the same discourteous way that you may have witnessed?  


BLOG HOPPING DAY ~ Small Powerful Choices ~ May 4, 2011 by Belinda

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This blog site was recommended to me by a friend. She sent the link via e-mail. I was having a very busy day and almost deleted it. I hesitated for a moment and thought better of it. I decided that I would make time to read it later. I am very grateful I did. I left a comment to the effect that I found the topic refreshing as it had to do with having a positive attitude instead of a negative one. 

I think we have all experienced how difficult it is to be positive and upbeat during difficult times in our lives. I had a very touching and profound conversation with my dear friend recently and she was explaining a very sad event in her life. It was several years ago but I’m sure it still felt like yesterday to her. She was sharing about her granddaughter who died at a very young age from a childhood illness. On the way to the funeral it was necessary to stop at a local store.

Due to her circumstances and her grief, as she got out of the car, she accidentally let her car door bang the vehicle beside her.  The driver was sitting inside and he took a royal strip off her. She was already so emotionally drained with the loss of her precious grandchild that she was rendered speechless. All she could do was look at him and think “if he only knew where I was headed”.  How many times in life to we give people a piece of our minds when we have absolutely no idea what is going on in their lives? How many times do we lose our cool over such similar insignificant mishaps? Sometimes, we need to give our heads a really good shake to put our lives into perspective. This wonderful article by Belinda helps us do just that. I hope you will take a moment to read  WHATEVER HE SAYS ~ Small Powerful Choices. Thanks Belinda!

WORDS — August 16, 2010 by Susan Earl

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A Wo-Man’s Voice

Tonight, as the rain continues to fall, the thirsty ground quickly soaks up these precious drops of moisture and stores what it needs to survive during the long, hot days of summer.  As the rain pelts against the window panes, I watch mesmerized as large droplets slowly slide down the glass. The sound   of the rain soothes and comforts me, and I feel safe within the walls of my own home.  I contemplate getting up and taking care of all the “things” that await my attention, and yet I linger and daydream.

“Words” are on my mind, or more specifically, the power of words. I ponder this because I know how amazing and how detrimental words can be. As an author, my words reach many. I feel a deep responsibility to represent not only the character of the “characters” in my book, but to let my words represent my innermost being. I desire to entertain my readers, as well as depict compassion, strength, determination, and faith throughout the pages of my book.

One word spoken or written can create great happiness or utter despair in others. I write from my heart, from the very depths of my soul because writing is an integral part of who I am. In the real world, I earn my living as a teacher, and in this capacity, the words I speak are even more important than those I write.  Each day in the classroom, I must try to teach young minds all they need to learn in order to “pass” to the next grade. During the short time I have a student in my class I pray my words and my actions demonstrate compassion, strength, determination, and faith.

I have been given a very great power. A power that at times I wish I didn’t have. Regardless of a child’s home life, teachers are empowered as role models for their students. The younger the child, the more they look to the teacher for guidance. A child’s self-esteem, desire to learn, even their need to be noticed and cared about is balanced by words. One word of kindness can motivate a child, while one unkind word can crush a child’s spirit.

As the rain falls, my thoughts drift back to my own school days. How powerful words can be to a child. So many years have gone by, yet certain memories remain permanently etched in my mind. I would like to say all my memories are positive ones, but I can’t. There were teachers who often criticized me for being a dreamer, while others nurtured the dreamer within me. I was not always the most motivated of students. I always did just enough to get by, even though I had the ability to be so much more. It wasn’t until high school that a teacher lit a spark within me that drew me to become who I am now. One small sentence, one kind word, spoken at a time in my life when I desperately needed reassurance changed the course of my life.

Words…Did my life change overnight because of one person’s gentle words?  The answer is no, but it did begin the metamorphosis within me. Am I who I have become today because of her words. Possibly, because that day a simple spoken word of kindness helped me begin to believe in myself.  Each day, as words are written or spoken the thirsty soul quickly soaks up these precious drops and stores what it needs to survive during the long, hard days of life.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops.”  (Emily Dickinson)

Thank you Susan for sharing such an intimate story with us. We can all learn from it. 

Susan K. Earl, author of  Moon Dance ~ a novel 

Website – http://susanearl.tatepublishing.net 

Blog Site –http://moondancenovel.blogspot.com

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