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Posted on 6.24.2016 by Jody Noland

My daughter and I were on a short trip and saw a homeless man on the side of the road. She started telling me about her recent experience with Mickey that had touched her profoundly. Later, she shared what she had written about the experience, and I asked it I could share it with you. 

Written by Anne Noland

All I did was give him 45 seconds. But they were the most impactful 45 seconds I’ve had in a long time.

“My name’s Mickey,” he said, with a mouth full of sunflower seeds. “Gosh, I’m sorry about the seeds. I’m so embarrassed”

Posted on 6.17.2016 by Jody Noland

What a week. Do you feel burdened by an invisible blanket of grief because of the recent horrors in Orlando? I certainly do.
 
A talented young singer is killed by an obsessed fan.

49 people are massacred by a radical, Islamic terrorist. Another 50 more are injured by the same gunman.

Posted on 6.13.2016 by Jody Noland

Would you press “pause” on the busyness of your life for a few moments and join me for a refreshing of your patriotic spirit?
 
June 14th is Flag Day.  So what?
 
What does the American flag mean to YOU?

Posted on 5.27.2016 by Jody Noland

'Tis the season of endings and beginnings.
 
With the closing of every “chapter” of life and the commencement of each new one come a myriad of emotions.
 
Excitement, grief, joy, fear, anticipation, regret, wonder, happiness, gratitude.
 
A cacophony of emotions.
 
Endings and beginnings.
 
They are part of the rhythm of life.
 
And they are just plain hard.
 

Posted on 5.20.2016 by Jody Noland

Ever have one of those days when you gained a whole lot of perspective in just a few hours? That happened to me a decade ago, and the message is still seared in my brain.
 
It was a beautiful spring day, and it began with a group of fellow mothers. Our girls were classmates, and we were meeting for coffee at one woman’s lovely new home. This wasn’t just any home. It could rightly be described as a “megahome.” Huge. Beautiful. Completely decorated and accessorized. All of the contents seemed brand new.
 

Posted on 5.13.2016 by Jody Noland

Imagine this. You open your mailbox. Amidst the junk mail, the bills and the political flyers, you find a handwritten note. It’s so rare to get anything personal in the mail these days that you immediately rip it open.
 
“Who could this be from,” you wonder? There’s no return address.
 
The content of the note makes you stop in your tracks.
 
On it, is written a number. It’s a big number.
 
14,189
 
And you wonder what that means.
 

Posted on 5.06.2016 by Jody Noland

If you know me at all, you know that I am a “processor.” And for as long as I can remember, I’ve reflected on “lessons learned” from various life experiences.
 
One of the greatest joys of my life has been the incredible gift of motherhood. Granted, raising just one child certainly doesn’t qualify me as an “expert,” and the fact that my 23-year old is an exceptional young woman cannot be attributed to my stellar mothering skills. It could just be dumb luck. However, I believe all the credit belongs to God.
 

Posted on 4.29.2016 by Jody Noland

 
He’s considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game.
 
Yes, he broke countless records.
 
Led two different teams to Super Bowl victories.
 
But a series of touching new commercials by Gatorade show another reason for Peyton Manning’s legendary status: his encouragement of others with simple, handwritten notes.

Posted on 4.22.2016 by Jody Noland

Mother’s Day is just two weeks away.
 
Is there a mother in your life who deserves to be honored?  Your own mother or “mother-in-love,” someone who has been like a mother to you or, perhaps, the mother of your own children?
 
This Mother’s Day, why not spend a little extra time and touch her heart in a meaningful and lasting way?
 
Don’t just say “thank you” for all she does in 2016.  Tell her why she is so special to you.
 

Posted on 4.15.2016 by Jody Noland

As often happens after I’ve shared the message of Leave Nothing Unsaid, people tell me stories about letters that have impacted their lives.
 
It happened again yesterday.
 
Numerous touching stories were recounted about letters that people cherished. And every story further strengthened my passion about the importance of written words of affirmation and encouragement.
 
But two stories in particular touched my heart, and both were about letters from grandparents.
 

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