Out of Reach for a Reason
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Do you see it—hanging like a papery ornament, just in front of a Colorado blue spruce? What you may not notice are its whirring, buzzing, stinging residents. That nest is best left alone. I shot this picture from the back of my horse on

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Surround Yourself with Joy!
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer I received a note from a friend the other day. Part of it said, “Surround yourself with what you love.” Sometimes I do this without thinking about it, haphazardly scattering colors or keepsakes that appeal to me. Without serious consideration, I simply like the

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Down in the Dumps?
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Have you ever heard the phrase “down in the dumps”? It’s been around about 500 years, according to people who look that stuff up. Though the idiom is nearly self-explanatory, some etymologists believe the word “dumps” may have come from a Dutch or German

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Perfectly Complete
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer My friend Lynne Schricker creates magnificent bronze horses, and her years of experience as a seasoned horsewoman bring a sense of life to her sculptures. As a trainer, rider, and winning rodeo competitor, she knows the flick of an ear and a worthy eye,

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Prepared for the Day of Battle
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer These beautiful horses are from a string of bucking stock owned by Miller Rodeo Company out of Colorado. Believe me, they are well-prepared for the day of battle – once or twice a week all summer long for eight seconds at a time. Their

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Come Away … and Rest
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Is there a place you go to escape the crush and commotion of life? A place where it’s quiet enough to hear yourself think? Hear God whisper to your heart. For Laura Bell in The Miracle Tree, her quiet place was the front porch

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Finding Truth in Fiction
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Some people wonder what goes into the making of a novel, and with good reason. There’s so much more to writing fiction than lining up words on a page. For me, it’s about finding truth. August 23 is the release date for the repackaged

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