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28 Books in 2010

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 in Blog |

28 Books in 2010 American Assassin: A Thriller by Vince Flynn A Mile in My Shoes by Trevor Hudson Courage of Fear by Barbara Boyer Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles Game Changer by Elizabeth Puleo God’s Joyful Surprise by Sue Monk Kidd Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko Holly Brown Chronicles by Jes Alexander How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, MD Lit by Mary Karr Lyme Disease One Man’s Story by Mike Kasson Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life by Sharon E. Rainey Patient Siggy by Sigourney Cheek Return to Love by Marianne Williamson Scarlett Nights by Jude Devereaux Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Need Soul Repair by Jeff VanVonderen The Age of Miracles by Marianne Williamson The Anatomy of Hope by Jerome Groopman, MD The Dark Night of Recovery by Edward Bear The Fight for Fairfax by Russ Banham The House of Belonging by David Whyte The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd The Only Thing Worth Dying For by Eric Blehm The Secret by Rhonda Byrne The Shack by Wm. Paul Young We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron I remember the moment I finished the book, transformed by the experience: The House of Belonging by David Whyte Felt validated and reaffirmed when I finished reading it: Lit by Mary Karr How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, MD The Anatomy of Hope by Jerome Groopman, MD Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life by Sharon Rainey (well, duh) Increased my level of patriotism, made me want to do more than what I do now for our troops: The Only Thing Worth Dying For by Eric Blehm Just not my cup of tea: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (I developed a resentment about no mention of Christianity in this book) The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles Patient Siggy by Sigourney Cheek Another great book by an author I love: We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg Lit by Mary Karr American Assassin: A Thriller by Vince Flynn This author must know me to the core of my soul:...

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Resolute in Resolutions

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 in Blog |

I hate resolutions. For years, I rebelled and swore I wouldn’t make any. Call me the rebel, but I thought it was ridiculous to make a list of things I wanted to commit to only not to follow through on this within the next sixty days. I refused to make a list. Until a couple of years ago. I guess I thought I was being too obstinate about the whole thing. Maybe I should try. So I made my list and then I taped it in my journal in about five places so that sporadically, through the year, I could check to see how I was coming along. I made a list of 14 items ranging from taking Stephen to get his driver’s license to painting our office. I also included getting an agent or self-publishing my book. I sort of needed to include in there to finish writing the book first. But 2009 was the year I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and Bartonella. And suddenly, like, within a week’s time, my list didn’t have a whole lot of significance. Last year, my resolutions for 2010 were pretty simple: do whatever I needed to do to heal from this wretched disease. So, this year, I have two lists. The first list is of ‘resolutions’ of things I want to do that I think are life changing. Actually, they are merely a continuation of things I have already started doing, but they have helped me in healing and in living. They are broken down into time periods: Once during the year – get a Lyme test from Galaxy Diagnostics lab Once a month Record the books I read Once a week Forgive someone – let them off the hook Try something new Say Thank You to someone – in writing or in person Once a day Keep a kindness or gratitude journal Tell one person I love them or how I appreciate them Do something nice for someone else Laugh Do something to promote healing for self So, I’m going to admit that the first one, I really want everyone else to put on their list of resolutions. Please. Just...

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Sharon’s Annual Christmas Letter 2010

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 in Blog |

Dear Friends, Each year, I start the process of writing this letter by reading what I wrote the previous year, returning me emotionally, mentally, and physically.  Sometimes, that’s a good thing; sometimes, it’s a painful memory.  I often shed a few tears thinking of what others and I have endured in the past year, not necessarily sad tears.  Just tears.  Often, it is accompanied with gratitude for my journey in the last twelve months.  This year is no different.   Businesses:  Jeff signed a big remodeling contract in September for Home Equity Builders (  Other remodeling jobs have been coming in throughout the year.  Our Handyman Division has been consistently busy throughout the year.  We are thankful to have survived the difficult economic times. myNeighborsNetwork is now offering software licenses to anyone who would like a similar network in their communities.  We currently have interest for networks outside Baltimore, MD and Boston, MA.  Contact me at if you are interested. Earlier this month I attended a luncheon in Richmond, VA hosted by the First Lady of Virginia honoring Neighbors Foundation ( for our efforts of sending care packages to military personnel serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Both Governor Bob McDonnell and former Governor Douglas Wilder gave inspiring, entertaining speeches in addition to First Lady Maureen McDonnell. Neighbors Foundation is currently trying to raise $5000 to help with postage costs through the end of the year.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  It costs $14.95 to send each care package.  No donation is too small. Neighbors Foundation was also handed the reins for putting on the annual 4th of July Fireworks in Great Falls, VA this year.  Jeff had been chairing the committee for a number of years, but this year, Mike Kearney handed it all over to the foundation.  We had a very successful first year and are ecstatic to have the responsibility of continuing this favorite community holiday event.  I don’t know how Jeff survives each year, but he does an awesome job and the fireworks are always first class. Anyone who parties at our tent will attest to this.   Heather & Joey: Heather continues working...

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