Dispensers of Love

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Dispensers of love come from all walks of life. Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on the millions of people of the Gulf Coast. Reports as of this writing state the devastation has impacted approximately 145,000 homes and an estimated 60 people have lost their lives. While driving just beyond my neighborhood, the mounds of …

10 Characteristics of a Best Friend

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Our best friends love us despite our faults. They are our 2:00 a.m. friends. They listen to us when we’re ecstatic and comfort us when we think our lives have been flushed down the toilet. And we are there for them too because that’s what best friends do. Statistics show best friends often overlook each other’s …

5 Things I Learned at New York’s Central Park

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills New York City is a beautiful city filled with wonder, adventure, entertainment, many cultures, and the real estate that goes straight up. Visiting New York is always a treat, and this 8 day trip exceeded my expectations. My destination was ThrillerFest, a comprehensive learning and networking with writers working on all levels of their career. When …

Creating Vacation Memories

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills July is the biggest vacation month of the year. The beaches crowd with sun and water enthusiasts. Hikers pack Mountain Trails. Families pile into their vehicles for road trips. Travel agencies book one destination after another. And the list continues. Staycations can be on our back porch, sipping iced-tea and listening to music, reading, or catching …

5 Ways to Avoid Summer Stress

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Summer is a few weeks away, and it begins with Memorial Day, a time for families to explore the many activities waiting for us outside. Schools will soon be out for the summer. Vacation plans take form. Family reunions, sports activities, camping, etc. Supposedly summer is a season to relax. We can’t enjoy the beautiful weather …

May – National Get Caught Reading Month

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When I learned that May is National Get Caught Reading Month, I did a little research to see what the celebration means to young and old. Here are three facts: The celebration is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers. It’s supported by many well-known people. Online websites offer hints to teachers and parents about how …

A Valentine’s Giveaway for You

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When the signs of Valentine’s Day took over the retail scenery, from candy and cards to exquisite dinners, I thought about how much I value my relationship with you. I hear from many of you daily, and the encouragement boosts my confidence. You— Comment on my blog. Contact me through my website with e-mails that seal …

Do New Year Resolutions Work for You?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Many of you are nine to ten days into your New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you call them expectations, longings, goals, a betterment program, life self-coaching, personal sabotage, or whatever January 1 of each New Year aspires. Most of us fall within one of the following categories: Doing ok. Defeated. Depressed. Didn’t make any because it’s frustrating. …