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* GARDEN OF MIRACLES – by Heidi DuPree

One Saturday afternoon shortly before Christmas, my husband and I returned from shopping to find a strange dog in our backyard garden. Our son, Jonathan, had been watching through the window and indicated the dog had not moved from that spot for some time. The dog had a collar, but we couldn’t get anywhere near him to read the tags. As soon as we approached, he yelped and shook in fear, and then ran away.

The garden may not have looked like much in the dead of winter, but it was no ordinary garden. The lost dog had found his way to what I considered sacred ground. Years earlier, building the garden had been a creative outlet when my ability to create another child seemed blocked. Working on the garden became a daily healing ritual, providing solace for my sorrow from years of infertility and early pregnancy losses. In those quiet moments when I laid the stone path and the soldier row of bricks that contained it, and planted the hollies that lined it – all seemed right with the world.

Several years later, the miracle I prayed for in the garden did come true when our family was completed with the birth of our son, Jacob. It made sense that the dog had felt safe in that sacred space. Unfortunately, he was too frightened of us to stay in the backyard sanctuary.

A few hours later, my husband, Robert, was out for a run in our community when he heard a woman calling, “Aussie!  Aussie!” through her open car window as she drove slowly along the road.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Heidi DuPree is a holistic nurse and a certified traditional naturopath passionate about restoring lost knowledge of energy medicine to the Western culture. She seeks to challenge our thinking about life, health, and the nature of miracles. Heidi is a contributing author to the 4th edition of Nurse Entrepreneurs: Tales of Nurses in Business and has just completed the manuscript for her first book The Other Medicine That Really Works. Her blog on transformational healing titled You, Me and My DuPree Knee was inspired by her recent knee replacement surgery.  She lives in Ashburn, Virginia with her husband Robert, her youngest son Jacob, two dogs, and two cats. Visit her website

 

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THE SMELL OF RAIN

 A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery. Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. 

That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple’s new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing. At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature.

Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs. ‘I don’t think she’s going to make it,’ he said, as kindly as he could. ‘There’s only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one’

 Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived. She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.

‘No! No!’ was all Diana could say.

 She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.

Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away. But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana ‘s underdeveloped nervous system was essentially ‘raw’, the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love.

All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger. But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. 

At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. 

And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted. 

Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental orphysical impairment. Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing. As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby, when she suddenly fell silent.Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, ‘Do you smell that?’ 

Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, ‘Yes, it smells like rain.’ 

Dana closed her eyes and again asked, 

‘Do you smell that?’ 

Once again, her mother replied,’Yes, I think we’re about to get wet. It smells like rain.’ 

Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, ‘No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.’ 

Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children. 

Before the rains came, her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well. 

You now have 1 of 2 choices. You can either pass this on and let other people catch the chills like you did or you can delete this and act like it didn’t touch your heart like it did mine. IT’S YOUR CALL! 

Award winning Tales2Inspire™ author, Jim Lawrence, does not take credit for this story  as he has no idea who wrote it. He sent it to me: Just because I knew it would be something you would enjoy. 

I share it with you now as a sample of the type stories likely to win awards in the Tales2Inspire™ “Authors Helping Authors” project/contest. Check it out!

You’ll be glad you did!

• BASKETS FOR HOPE AND HEALING – by Lois W. Stern

 

The resourceful women of Rwanda have learned the craft of basket weaving at the knee of their mothers and grandmothers. For generations they have been creating intricately designed baskets for both utilitarian and decorative purposes, in assorted shapes and sizes.

                        

                

Many of you may recall the horrors wrought by the 1994 Rwandan civil war which left the country in ruins and it population of approximately 11 million in abject poverty.

Tracy and Greg Stone are  a  couple  who decided they could make a difference. By created a non-profit organization to help address the many needs of these people, the basket weavers were helped to expand the markets for their beautiful woven products to far beyond Rwandan borders.

The proceeds from these baskets have enabled the African weavers to provide their families with basic necessities of food, clothing and health insurance and to pay school fees for their children. Raskess for Love and Healing  is a wonderfully inspiring story of Making a Difference – One Person at a Time.

You will meet the unspoken hero to this story soon.

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Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.

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Thanks so much,

 Lois

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A TRUE PLASTIC SURGERY MIRACLE STORY

A Vietnamese woman who was suffering with a rare aging disorder has finally had corrective surgery.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Mai was first diagnosed with Werner syndrome at aged 10, but because of her parent’s financial constraints, was unable to undergo the necessary treatment. By age 28 not only did Nguyen have the appearance of a 70-year-old, but was having difficulty walking and was experiencing other health issues.

Last month the 28-year-old underwent plastic surgery to restore her appearance following a consultation at China Medical University Hospital in central Taiwan.

Through a translator Nguyen says: “I feel like I am being reborn and there are hopes in my life again.”

Live in Beauty, Nguyen.

 

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                                  What’s Your Passion?

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DANCING WITH THE STARS – 94 YEARS YOUNG

Talk about beauty within! If you haven’t seen 94 year old Mathilda Klein on stage, you need to watch this unbelievable video.

Can you visualize yourself doing this when you are 94 years of age? Can you envision yourself doing it now?

Mathilda Klein appears on the dance floor – shuffling along with the aid of her walker, shoulders bent forward, hair covered under netting. Her youthful dance partner rocks her gently from side to side. Slowly, ever so sweetly, he helps this butterfly emerge from her cocoon. What happens next is truly inspirational. If you haven’t seen this video yet, take a moment to watch it now. Guaranteed to brighten your day.

Remember: Beauty abounds at all ages, in this case, even on the stage.

Mathilda Klein – 94 years young

Get more info, ‘how to’s’ and ‘what if’s’ about Lois’ Tales2Inspire project

We welcome your review of this story in the Comment box below. Your name and credentials will be included with any review we post on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s highly respected Book Review Blog under the TALES2INSPIRE banner.

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                  Beauty Without . . .

                                  What’s Your Passion?

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INTRODUCING TINA CHIPPAS AND HER AWE INSPIRING STORY: A Profile of Courage

What is the definition of the word hero? According to TINA CHIPPAS, it is an “everyday person who performs unselfish acts of valor”. Although Tina had never met or known her Greek-Orthodox priest grandfather, she learned of his heroism through a chance encounter in a German cemetery forty years after his death. Or was it really by chance? Read A Profile of Courage and decide for yourself. And if you enjoy this story, do leave Tina a comment to let her know.

Just one more wonderful “tale” entered into the Tales2Inspire Authors Helping Authors project.

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                  Beauty Without . . .

                                  What’s Your Passion?

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MERYL STREEP

Meryl Streep May Not Be Young, But Does It Really Matter? 

Have boomers finally succeeded in blurring the line between young and old? Sometimes talent and inner attributes really can trump physical beauty. Three cheers for Vogue Magazine! Their latest cover might make a loud and clear statement, but I wonder if this could be the beginning of a new trend. What do you think?

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         Beauty Without . . .

                  What’s Your Passion?

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AGAINST ALL ODDS – Emmanuel Kelly’s Portrait of Optimism by Lois W. Stern

Emmanuel and his twin brother Ahmed were born in Iraq, with disabilities that would have stopped many in their tracks. Abandoned in an Iraqi park, these tiny babies were found in a shoebox, brought to the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Baghdad and subsequently rescued by Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly.

Both boys had sustained considerable chemical warfare damage. Both had profound limb deficiencies. But this did not stop Ms.Kelly, who brought the twin boys back to her native country of Australia, became their legal guardian and has guided and nurtured them into leading heartwarming and productive lives.

Emmanuel said he believes he was given a special gift and that gift is his voice. Singing is what he loves doing and is the only thing that he really wants to do. He has chosen music as his life goal for one reason: to make people happy through his songs.

Emmanuel auditioned for Australia’s Got Talent in 2010 but did not make it onto the show.  This year Emmanuel earned a standing ovation from the judges and packed audience with his heartfelt rendition of John Lennon’s song, Imagine in an X-Factor performance.

When I got up and started singing there was nothing else, adrenalin just took over, it was just a blur. I just want to sing and I want to make people happy.

Subsequently Emmanuel was eliminated when he forgot some of his lyrics while performing during X-Factor’s Boot Camp. But he does not see these experiences as defeat. He knows singing is the path he will continue to follow and considers his past performances opportunities that have already opened some doors for him. Now he intends to push even more.

Does Emmanuel think his damaged limbs have held him back? Not at all!  He is not looking for sympathy and doesn’t want people who attend his performances to be thinking: “Wow, how brave of him to do that (perform before live audiences).” Rather he is hoping they will focus on his gifts and say: “Wow, he has got a really good voice” or ‘Wow, he is going to go far in life.’

If you are wondering about Emmanuel’s brother, Ahmed Mustafa, he is also pursuing his dreams. Although a quadruple amputee, he is a swimmer who has set his sights on representing Australia in the 2012 Paralympics in London. I can’t wait to write his story!

Don’t miss Emmanuel’s live X-Factor performance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.

Lois invites all  interested in either cutting edge physical beauty news and tips, her energy renewing, spirit uplifting stories, or both to visit her Facebook Page If you like what you see there, become a fan by clicking on the LIKE button at the top of the screen.

Get more info, ‘how to’s’ and ‘what if’s’ about Lois’ Tales2Inspire project

We welcome your review of this story in the Comment box below. Your name and credentials will be included with any review we post on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s highly respected Book Review Blog under the TALES2INSPIRE banner.

Beauty Within

                Beauty Without . . .

                               What’s Your Passion?

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MY THOUGHTS ON BEAUTY – by Lois W. Stern

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When You Look Into a Woman’s Eyes and See What’s in Her Heart – Nate Dircks

Some people object to talk about outer beauty, saying that it’s only inner beauty that really counts in this life. But I ask you, is there a law against having both? I happen to think that a well-adjusted woman who strikes a balance between the two can definitely be happier and feel more fulfilled.

What Makes This Beauty Blog Shine

When it comes to outer beauty, I strive for hype-free, cutting edge information. First I interview a number of credible experts. Then I research, research, research until I am satisfied that I am giving you accurate, useful information. Whenever possible, I will offer a variety of options, from high end to affordable, so that even those of you with limited expendable income will find some new ideas to help enhance your beauty. To read my Beauty Blog for cutting edge tips, news and anti-aging advice, visit here.

Inner Beauty

When we think beyond that mirror image, either with love and compassion for others or to enrich our minds with stimulating new ideas, we grow as human beings. Since I write on many other topics, I wanted to share some of these touching or thought-provoking stories with you. And that’ how Tales2Inspire ™ began.

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