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About vsimmons54

Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Copy Editor, Copywriting, Event Planner, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.

Rethinking celebrations

Whether we think we are ready for Christmas or not, the day for celebration of Christ’s birth is upon us. Doesn’t seem possible this year is almost gone but the calendar blatantly shows it is. Christmas is so much different … Continue reading

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Invest in yourself, shop locally

We all can get behind the premise of shopping local and how it impacts our economy. We may even say we do, but when it comes right down to it, do you really? We are seeing mom and pop stores … Continue reading

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Cultivate gratitude

With all that’s happening in the world today, we need to be counting our blessings more and more. We tend to hide our heads in the sand when it comes to recognizing the suffering around us or those who don’t … Continue reading

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What happened to integrity?

There seems to be no limit to the insanity that is going on in our world today. I read something every day that makes me shake my head in disbelief. A realtor was recently called to list a house. The … Continue reading

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Running on empty?

October is almost over. What a whirlwind year it has been and I don’t know how it went so fast or where it went. I feel as if I’m running on empty this time of year. We haven’t had cooler … Continue reading

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Keeping it ‘real’

National Newspaper Week ended Sunday. For the first time in my 40-year journalism career, I feel like I am getting too old to handle the drama that you have to deal with from week to week. Mainly, because the drama … Continue reading

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Let go and trust God

My heart aches for all that is happening in the world. Seems like every day it is something else that has happened. Monday, after hearing about the Las Vegas shooting, all I wanted to do was cry. The last couple … Continue reading

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