May 29, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

Favorite Commencement Speeches. Graduation is here!

Commencement speeches are a college tradition. They are the last words of advice that graduates receive before receiving their diplomas. What are the best commencement speeches? And what makes them so inspiring?

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May 07, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Book News, Uncategorized

5 Star Review from IndieReader…Exciting News!

Early in the week I received notice of a 5-Star review from IndieReader. I am thrilled and wanted to share it with you because I believe this review speaks to the essence of Heaven’s Child, A true story of family, friends, and strangers.  IndieReader Review, 5 Star HEAVEN’S CHILD: A true story of family, friends

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April 08, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay, Quote

A WEEKEND WITH AUTHOR CHERYL STRAYED ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Last weekend Bainbridge Island’s environmental learning center, Islandwood, hosted New York Times best selling author Cheryl Strayed. If you don’t know Cheryl, she hiked the Pacific Coast Trail in 1995 from the junction in the Mojave Desert to the Bridge of the Gods spanning the Columbia River at the Oregon-Washington

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April 02, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Uncategorized

IS IT BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE?

I’ve always believed it was best to give. Over and over again…and it’s been many years of over and over again, I was told that it’s better to give than to receive. And I’ve never thought twice about that teaching…until recently. A few weeks back a dear friend invited me

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March 26, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

CAN WE GET TO HEAVEN WITHOUT SUFFERING? REFLECTIONS DURING LENT

I’m Catholic and it’s Lent. For the past few days our parish has been celebrating a Lenten series with Fr. Joe Rodrigues, a Salvatorian priest visiting from Wisconsin. Fr. Joe has entertained us with song and story bringing the Passion into today’s world. His Lenten series has been a time

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January 30, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

A LITTLE SILENCE GOES A LONG WAY.

  I need some silence, please. My world is plugged and ready to go. Lacking is silence. And I’m beginning to understand that there’s an art to silence. I can’t change my noisy world but I can disconnect. After children are delivered to school, the drive home is silent. Silence

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January 21, 2014 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

IF YOU WERE 50 YEARS OLD…AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?

Today I am fifty years old. Passing into a new decade excites me. The last decade seemed to be one of recovery, dragging on and on. But today I feel refreshed, renewed, excited about the present, super excited about the future, and content with issues and regrets of the past.

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December 16, 2013 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

20 STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN THE NEW YEAR (part 1)

There seem to be invisible forces that surround me as I start a new project. There’s that ebb of excitement that propels me forward. And then there’s that struggle that counters the ebb. But when I let things flow, when I don’t try so hard, when I struggle less, I

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November 27, 2013 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

THANKSGIVING. Where does it begin? Indeed, where does it end?

Nightly I complain that my sleep is broken. Our youngest children are afraid to sleep alone. My husband fidgets in bed. My faithful old yellow Lab has stomach issues. Morning seems to come too soon. I give thanks for the new day. Each morning I shower and notice the stretch

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November 19, 2013 by Caroline Flohr in Blog, Essay

HOW DO YOU DEFINE WOMEN WITH POWER?

Last Thursday I attended a small gathering at Le Rev Bakery in Seattle. Atop Queen Anne hill, Le Rev is my favorite hangout. Besides the perfect cup of coffee, the bakery has authentic French pastries, a unique breakfast salad, and a turkey gobbler sandwich that tangs my mouth. Hosted by

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