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Karen Palka is the Founder & Executive Director of A Beautiful Me®. She is a creative person who sees the value in each individual and loves to empower ALL women of ALL ages.

Podcast moment for the week of
October 20, 2014.

Four Letter Word
Considering the meaning of “diet”

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The Tattered Quilt

Wanda Brunstetter tells an engaging tale in Book 2 of the Quilting Club series.  Brunstetter mixes Amish with English, rough with genteel, as the Quilting Club opens for a second class session to new students as well as old favorites.  As the members of the patchwork group gather to work on quilt pieces under the instruction of Emma Yoder,  the tattered pieces of their lives become evident and by God’s grace,  healing and mending abound.  This is a feel good book!  Enjoy!


Cathie Martin is an avid reader and
artist. She has had many
roles in life including
her current position
as News Director at
WGRT 102.3 FM.
A highlight of her job
she says is reviewing
books and interviewing

When God Says It’s Time To Lighten Your Load

I have always been a sentimental pack rat with a memory attached to every thing. When I decided to move after being in my home for 28 years, a wave of panic swept over me. What would I do with all my stuff? Line it up on the curb? Call Purple Heart? Sell it? Give it away?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by having too much stuff around? I know I have. One day as I was reminiscing over a box of love letters from a college flame (I should have married) I thought, why am I holding on to all these things? I can’t take them to heaven and I sure don’t want my children to have the burden of deciding what to do with everything when I’m gone. I called Purple Heart.

Then, I put a ton of things along the curb, and guess what happened? I made some new friends. Jo, a delightful woman, actually knocked at my door to ask if she could have my flower pots. As we started talking, she told me she collects towels and sheets for the humane society, and I gave her bags and bags of towels and blankets for those sweet little kitties and pups waiting to find a new home. And, she took bags of my children’s books to donate to schools where children don’t have books of their own to read. It felt really good to let go.

I moved with about one third of my things. I feel lighter and more vibrant. I feel unburdened and free. I will always think twice before buying new things. Do I really need this? Can I let it go easily? What purpose does this serve in my life?

I saved a few of those old love letters, my children’s best art projects, all my photos, and only my favorite things that I use on a daily basis. At the end of the day, what really matters is relationships. I love my family, my children, my friends, God and myself. Stuff is just stuff. I invite you to lighten your load, and let love in.

Cathy Ross is an artist, Mom, and business owner. Cathy helps business owners and non-profit organizations hire exceptional people. She supports the mission of A Beautiful Me® and is inspired by the positive impact it has on raising self esteem in young women around the world. You can visit Cathy at LinkedIn or visit her blog – Truffles And Tea.

Debbie Alsdorf

“Sometimes it seems as though my life operating system is frozen. I get stuck, and I know things will not change until I power down from ‘self’ and restart with the power of the Holy Spirit.”