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Happy Turkey Day 2017!

It’s that time of year again! The day in which we all gorge ourselves on delicious foods and create new memories with those that we love: Thanksgiving!

Even though Halloween is my most favorite season, I do love the energy that electrifies around Thanksgiving and Christmas. The deliciously spooky vibes are replaced with a sense of peace and purpose. It’s a time to be with family (if you are able), a time to reflect on all you have, and a time to celebrate the beauty of life.

If you stand still just long enough, you can feel the magic swarm in around all of us. We become more like our child selves; we look at the mysteriousness of the world with a sense of wonder and believe that, really, anything is possible.

 

So, I wish you all a happy, beautiful holiday season! First and foremost, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and LOTS of good food and good love! For that is what I am thankful for; the love of my family, of God, and of all of you!

What are you thankful for?

Happy Mother’s Day 2017!

Spring has sprung, summer is almost here, and Mother’s day is upon us! I hope all you mothers out there have a splendid holiday with your loved ones full of adoration, joy, and relaxation!

For that matter, I hope my mom, who I adore with all my heart, has a wonderful day too! Thank you, momma, for birthday me into this world and nurturing me into the woman I am today! I hope that, one day, I can successfully pass your wisdom onto my own young ones! For now, I hope you have a blessed day and it makes you smile!

Furthermore, I hope that Jensen Ackles gif above made all of you grin and gave some joy to you on this Sunday!

May you all enjoy your day! You deserve it!

Happy Easter 2017!

Wow! It is true what they say: the older you get, the faster it goes. I realize, on this Easter weekend, that we’ve thankfully, finally, had warmer weather for a good couple weeks now. It seems just like yesterday we were grumbling, stuck in a limbo of vicious dips and upturns in the Ohio weather; one day it was 70 degrees and sunny, the next 30 degrees and snow.

(This is not an abnormality in Ohio’s climate, but it is annoying when you’re looking forward to storing away your heavy winter coat, only to bring it back out! And it always seems a long time until it stops!)

Ah, but bygones are bygones and now, it seems, I can finally say spring is upon us! The flowers arm blooming, thunderstorms threaten, and the temperature is, thankfully, remaining stubbornly above 50 degrees.

It’s not that I don’t like winter, but that I look forward to enjoying nature; taking walks, observing the natural rebirth of trees, flower, animals. (Even if my allergies suffer from it, hah!) And I also look forward to the natural rebirth–the ability for change, second chances–on my own life.

This spring I have a lot going on: travels, finishing my novel, and prepping for my bookkeeping course, as well as keeping up with my online platforms. (I definitely want to get back into a weekly content release schedule!) It’s truly going to be a busy few months, but I’m looking forward to it.

But first, I’m going to enjoy spending my Easter weekend with my family, and thanking God for all the blessings He sends my way. Most important, thank you Lord for saving us from death!

I hope you all out there have an excellent Easter holiday (if you celebrate it, otherwise I hope you have a wonderful weekend and blessed sunday).

See you in the next post!

Love, Katie.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2017!

Today’s the day and I cannot believe it; 2016 has come and gone! Yes, the year has been full of troubles and turmoil. We have lost many celebrities, many loved ones, and I know my family has had some exceptional stress. However, as we do, we must bid a polite farewell as time passes on, even to a year that many will say sucked.

I look forward to what 2017 brings us. I know I said in my Writing Den Youtube video that I think this new year is going to be a great one, and I truly mean it. I feel like the currents of the Universe are going to shift; people will be more pleasant, troubles will be solved, and dreams will come true.

So for this 2017, my resolution is simple: to keep on moving on.

My writing den is complete, minus a few things here and there I still need to do, and I’m nearing completion on my novel and I’ll Be. Bonus, I’m also excited to begin working on some new projects too; some writings, other Youtube video ideas, etc. That’s the thing about a new year: anything is possible! For a moment, the slate is wiped clean and we can start anew. Even when the responsibilities of 2016 roll into the new year with us, we still have a renewed energy that encourages us to keep persevering.

I really can feel it! For me, 2017 is going to be the year of great accomplishment! We’ve laid down the ground work in 2016, now comes the celebrating!

I truly wish you all a great new year. I hope it’s full of positivity, inspiration, and, just simply, puts a smile on all your faces! Keep on moving and the world will move with you!

See you in the new year, all! Party safely, but have fun!

-Katie L. Mortimer.

Happy Turkey Day!

cannot believe Thanksgiving is here already you guys! Wow! How fast this year has flown by!

I hope all of you have an excellent Thanksgiving, in whatever way you may celebrate it, and with whoever you may celebrate with! Whether with family, friends, animal companions, Hallmark movies, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Charlie Brown, or… well, anything! I hope it’s an excellent day, nonetheless.

What are you thankful for?

(I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned this year, all that I’ve accomplished, and, of course, family!)

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good, well-filled stomach and heart!

 

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Merry, merry Christmas to you, duckies, on this festive holiday! (And for those who may not celebrate it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!)

I want to share with you a letter that I have loved since I was a child. It is in an pure act of love that this man, Mr. Francis P. Church, responded to a troubled little girl, Virginia O’Hanlon. I know my fair share of journalistic responsibilities (having worked for a little while at Wooster Weekly News) and I imagine that it would’ve been easy to let this letter slide into the trash. However, Church, in the goodness of his heart, published a response in The Sun that soon garnered national attention.

 

I now present to you: “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of THE SUN:

Dear Editor:
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”
Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon
115 West Ninety Fifth Street

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, VIRGINIA, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance, to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not; but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, VIRGINIA, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

[From The Sun, September 21, 1897]

For me, it speaks wonders of the human condition that this man took the time to answer this little girl’s question: “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” Even nowadays it would be so easy to get consumed with our own desires and responsibilities that we don’t take the time to nurture a child’s heart. I still, to this day, believe that there is a Santa Claus. In part, because of this article. It speaks truth and opens the reader’s own heart, their imagination, if you’ll allow it.

I hope this letter has touched all of you in some way. I still have my own personal news clipping tucked away in a copy of The Night Before Christmas. I’m not even sure where it came from, I just know I’ve always had it… and that every Christmas season I read it to keep the wonder alive.

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