Author Archives: Jeanne

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Happiest day . . . and more to come!

So, the prompt to write about today is “describe the happiest day of your life” Happy – meaning “greatly pleased and content” is from the 1520s. To describe the “happiest day” I suppose would mean picking a day or event that … Continue reading


Aromas of Love

There was an old TV show “I Remember Mama” and the idea of a smell linked to a memory brings that to mind and my mama! A great cook who combined comfort foods and wonderful flavors with love means smells … Continue reading

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FEAR of F.R.O.G.

My fear was more of a phobia—an intense, irrational fear. A fear that would force me to run wildly for safety if I even thought there was a frog around . . . yeah, a frog! It did not matter … Continue reading

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Unlimited Travel Opportunities

What is your preferred mode of travel? “It depends” is the answer to most questions, I heard a Buddhist teacher say and giving a really good illustration. SO, what is my preferred mode of travel? my answer is: IT DEPENDS . … Continue reading

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a BILLION to Savor

IF I had a billion US dollars, how would I spend it? there was a time I would have answered that pretty quickly with an endless list of items I thought would make me “happy.” Age 25 List (only partial … Continue reading

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Challenging Chores and gold stars!

This is about “household” chores—there are other chores, of course, but I think many of the struggles are the same. —- “I challenge you to a duel,” I said to the dirty floor I saw in my kitchen. It stubbornly … Continue reading


Caterpillar or Butterfly? Success?

How do I define success? My definition of “success” has been changing since my first of many “failures.” When I failed to do or be what I expected at the time, I usually spent my time condemning myself and feeling … Continue reading

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the plot thickens . . . next chapter?

I learned to read before I started school and I have been a voracious reader all my life. MANY BOOKS have CHANGED my life, SAVED my life, INFUSED hope in my struggles, GUIDED me to look more deeply into my … Continue reading

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a memorable gift – REALLY???

memorable means: easily remembered . . . noteworthy—YES! Many years ago, I had a cat named “Tipsy” (as a kitten he staggered as he learned to walk, hence the name). We were bonded over the years. Whenever I sat down, … Continue reading

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GENIEology . . .

family tree . . . family . . .

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