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I have these friends, the Knudsens — Paul and Natalie. A few years back they moved to the sunny South, settling in northern Middle Tennessee. Prior to relocating, they spent about five years looking for property to purchase in God’s country.

After a weekend of rain and storms, this week will feature pesky shower chances just about every day.

Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”

I don’t mix politics and my business for a variety of reasons, but I feel compelled to share with you a few thoughts on supporting small business. This issue affects thousands of locally owned shops throughout the country.

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore, is to strive and persevere and never give up.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Did you know that research has found that interacting with animals can do things like lower a person’s blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels? After visiting with therapy animals, people report feeling “happy,” “calm” and “less stressed.” 

Now is the time when many homes will be adorned with holiday plants including cactus, amaryllis and poinsettias. I think that every home that decorates for Christmas should have at least one poinsettia, the No. 1-selling potted plant in the world.