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Gratefulness makes us happy!

By Susan Hendricks | February 19, 2020

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy,” according to Benedictine monk, author, and lecturer Brother David Steindl-Rast, co-founder and inspiration for Gratefulness.org.   “Gratefulness can change our world in immensely important ways. If you’re grateful, you’re not fearful. If you’re not fearful, you’re not violent.  Grateful people are…

Thank goodness the neighborhood is back!

By Susan Hendricks | December 13, 2019

Just when I thought the world must be falling apart, I’m amazed to discover a dear old friend is back – on national magazine covers, in newspaper articles from coast to coast and starring in movie theaters across the country.  I got to know my old friend in the early 1970’s through his totally unique…

Find your language by letting go

By Susan Hendricks | November 11, 2019

Keeping a journal resembles having a best friend who hears all of your thoughts and understands your emotions.  Rereading your journal entries – either silently or out loud, even many years later – can bring to light unacknowledged or unhealthy beliefs and emotions and allow healing and psychological growth. I have been writing in my…

Every child should be limitless

By Susan Hendricks | October 13, 2019

“We all have something unique or different about us,” according to Padgett Mozingo, experienced public relations professional, wife and passionate mother of two children, a 15-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.   Padgett is sharing Lila’s story and that of her family as she navigates the process of creating a South Carolina nonprofit organization, Limitless Purpose,…

Gifts from the great outdoors

By Susan Hendricks | September 15, 2019

“We need the tonic of wildness … We never have enough of nature.”Henry David Thoreau, Walden When was the last time you stepped outside and headed to the woods for a walk into open spaces?  Either a leisurely stroll through familiar territory or to strike out into the unknown?  What encouragement would you need? Getting…

Take notice and be inspired

By Susan Hendricks | August 14, 2019

I like bookstores – wandering around, opening books and turning the pages. Glancing through and seeing new ideas is much more fun than simply ordering a book online. On a recent trip to Books-a-Million, I did not find the book I went to buy, but spotted a new, perfectly wonderful little book – the only…

The gift of poetry from a friend

By Susan Hendricks | July 13, 2019

Libby Bernardin and I met in 1983 when she joined me to work on the first public fund-raising campaign for the SC State Museum having just completed her stint as the staff writer for religion for The State newspaper. Libby’s expertise and knowledge as well as her participation in community activities and her creativity and…

Kindness is the new cool

By Susan Hendricks | June 19, 2019

I recently discovered a new version of “Random Acts of Kindness” inspired by a young man whose mission seems almost too good to be true.  It began ten years after he had left a lucrative but uninspiring career to travel the world, hoping to discover his calling.   While Leon Logothetis, a young Englishman of Greek…

When “Sorry” isn’t enough

By Susan Hendricks | May 18, 2019

Today’s column is a thank you tribute to my good friend and frequent group member Mimi Montgomery Maddock, former publisher and editor of this Columbia Star Newspaper.  More than a friend, Mimi was also a talented and caring teacher, not only to her many students in classrooms in Atlanta and Columbia, but also to me. …

Invitation to the muse

By Susan Hendricks | April 10, 2019

Is poetry a part of your life?  Do you find yourself humming tunes, reciting lines from memory?  Is there a poem you learned at some point that comes to mind readily today?     As a child, I memorized one poem that I can recite now – four short, unremarkable lines from an unknown poet. Committing poetry to memory…

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