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Warm Thoughts is a podcast embracing nostalgia, self-reflection, and legacy. Join Dr. Luetta G. Werner (b. 1926-2016) as we revisit her weekly column written for her small town newspaper. Narrated by her granddaughter, Trina Harger, curator of visualbenedictions.com.

Latest Episodes

Episode 50 - Memories of Love

During this time of reflection, we hope you are able to cherish memories and think of your loved ones often. It is a real joy to receive letters from the readers of this warm thoughts column. There are so many gifted writers and I am happy that I can share their thoughts, often in my column. Keep sending your warm and precious thoughts. A reader of this column from Ohio, who has had her poems published in books and magazines, recently sent me her thoughts on memories from long ago. Memories of a precious love. I wonder where you are tonight. I wish I knew if you were alright. 60 years is a long long time to remember things that happened from January to December. And yet as I read the words in my diary, so true. It brings back all the happiness, I knew with you. Our walks in the snow beneath a winter's moon. I wonder why it all ended so soon? We spent so many precious moments together. It didn't matter to us, what was the weather. We walked in the rain. You held me so tight. It was always so hard to say good night. We always said, “Good night, my love, until tomorrow.” We hoped we would never know, a heartbreak, or sorrow. But fate stepped in and we went our separate ways. How I wish we could relive some of those happy days. Sweet memories of a precious love. Kissed by sunbeams from heaven above. In my heart, they will always stay. Wrapped in wishes that will meet again someday. Ruth T. George. Thank you, Ruth for the memories. You have inspired many other writers, keep on writing. Warm thoughts: For low the winter is passed, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of the same birds is come. May you have many warm thoughts in springtime! Warm Thoughts from the Little Home on the Prairie Over a Cup of Tea by Luetta G. Werner April 17 1997 Published in the Marion Record Download the Found Photo Freebie and cherish your memories of the past. Enjoy flipping through the Vintage Photo Book on your coffee table. I hope you enjoyed this podcast episode! Please follow along on this journey by going to visualbenedictions.com or following me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. You can listen to the podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Overcast. And don’t forget to rate and review so more people can tune in! I’d greatly appreciate it. Till next time, Trina

2 MINAPR 20
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Episode 50 - Memories of Love

Episode 49 - Happy Easter

We hope you have a Happy Easter at home with family. Stay safe and healthy during this time! Happy Easter everyone! After the long winter, the seeds of spring are beginning to appear. We are reminded once again that in our lives, we will have times of winter, but spring will come as promised. Spring is a time when one gets the urge to travel with the birds and visit family and friends, renewing old friendships and making new ones. This past weekend, it was my joy to travel back to my roots and visit family and see many of my old friends from years gone by. celebrating a 40th wedding anniversary with family was one of the highlights of the journey. Traveling old familiar roads brought back many memories and can give one a bit of nostalgia memories, sweet memories. As I traveled down memory lane, I cannot help but be reminded of that journey to the Holy Land 20 years ago, this Holy Week, it was a touch of heaven as the seat buckles clicked in place. And the mighty jet engines of the j...

4 MINAPR 12
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Episode 49 - Happy Easter

Episode 48 - Secret Garden

Are you reading a book or play during this time at home? In this episode we remember a community performance that touched our hearts! Every year since 1959, the Freeman community has a festival of tasting, which they call the “Schmeckfest.” At the 43rd annual schmuck fest,the menu of traditional German foods that has had such universal appeal over the years will again be served. These foods have retained their popularity with guests from many states and several foreign countries. The dates for the Schmeckfest this year are March 29, 30th, and 31st. The musical “Secret Garden” will culminate the activities of the 43rd Schmeckfest. Francis Hodgson Burnett wrote the beloved children's story, “The Secret Garden.” It is the story of Mary Lennox, a young girl who comes from India to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor and York Shire England following the death her parents from colora. At Misselthwaite, she is drawn to her aunt lilies garden, which has been neglected since she...

4 MINAPR 3
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Episode 48 - Secret Garden

Episode 47 - Love Anyways

Join us for another episode as we talk about the importance of loving anyway and continuing to do good in the world, despite the circumstances. Now, before we leave heart month and the extra day of the year, thoughts seem to linger on recipes for the heart and many warm thoughts. Great minds have given us many thoughts from the heart on love. How deep is love? What is love? When I have quiet thoughts from the heart, I am reminded of the poem which was decided by Dr. Carl A. Meneinger at the literary symposium on October 27th, 1981 at the Dag Hammarskjold auditorium, United Nations. It is entitled, “Anyway.” People are unreasonable, illogical, self centered. Love them anyway. If you do good people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Try to be successful anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do it anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyw...

2 MINFEB 24
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Episode 47 - Love Anyways

Episode 46 - Love is a Gift

We hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day! Know that you are loved. Valentine greetings! When you read this column it will be the week of Valentine's Day. From Ohio this past week, came a letter with several poems and one was on love, which really touched my heart. Ruth George is something and still very young at heart. It will bring her much joy to be able to share these warm thoughts on love with you, dear readers of this column. Love is God's Precious Gift. God has given us many gifts along life's way. The most precious is the love in our hearts, it will stay. Love makes the sun shine through a dark cloud. It makes a father look at his baby son and feel so proud. Love soothes the aches and hurts we are asked to bear. Love teaches kindness to those for whom we care. It eases the troubled heart and makes us strong to help a loved one that is done around. When we have love, the world is so bright. It spreads happiness to everyone inside. It bridges the lonely hours when we are apart f...

3 MINFEB 18
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Episode 46 - Love is a Gift

Episode 45 - Parents Learning from Children

Have you ever wondered what advice your children would give to you if you were a parent? Here's some insight from some high school students from Houston, Texas in 1997. Recently, I read an article based on research conducted by a high school teacher in Houston, Texas, who has surveyed more than 300 teenagers and two school districts asking for their comments on these two questions. One, what advice would you give to your mom and dad? To? What do you believe it takes to produce respectful and respectable teenagers. The teenagers ranged in age from 14 to 18 years of age, providing responses such as these. Don't let your small children watch TV a lot. Teach your children about God. Try to raise them according to the principles of the Bible. Be consistent and what you say. Follow through with your decision. Cook for your family. When you let your children go out, give them a curfew. Let them know you love them and want them to be safe. Guide your children toward good marriages by giving...

2 MINFEB 13
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Episode 45 - Parents Learning from Children

Episode 44 - Heart Month

Do you know how Valentine's Day came to be? Learn more about the saint who lived a life full of love for humanity. February is a month when many romantic and patriotic thoughts are expressed. Fields may still be bedded down with snow and yet we are aware that spring will soon be here. Springtime inspires thoughts of love and affection. Have you ever wondered who was St Valentine, the namesake of our February 14 celebration of Valentine's Day, St. Valentine, a priest and physician, lived in Rome during the third century. At that time, Christianity was a persecuted faith, and Valentine was imprisoned for the faith he professed when he would not recant of his faith. Valentine was put to death on February 14. According to the legend, while Valentine was a priest in Rome, Emperor Claudius the second ordered young men not to marry believing that If they did not have wives, they would be more willing to go to war. Moved by compassion for the young lovers, Valentine performed wedding ceremo...

2 MINFEB 4
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Episode 44 - Heart Month

Episode 43: A Child's View of Retirement

Do you ever wonder what life in retirement is like? Listen to this comical poem on a child's interpretation of retirement after spending the holidays with his grandparents. A dear friend who lives in the heartland of America shared with me some amusing thoughts given by a child upon his return home from spending the Christmas holidays with his grandparents in Arizona. A child's view of retirement and a mobile home park. After Christmas break, the teacher asked her small pupils how they spent their holiday. One little boys reply went like this: We always spend Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma. They used to live up here in a big brick house. But grandpa got cold and they moved to Arizona. They live in a park with a lot of other old people. They all live in tin huts. They ride golf carts that are too big for me. They all go to a building they call The Rec Hall. It is fixed now. They all do exercises, but not very well. They play a game with big checkers and push them around on the fl...

2 MINJAN 27
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Episode 43: A Child's View of Retirement

Episode 42: The Information Age

In this episode we will listen to advice given by Dr. Allen Searleman, on preserving your memory in this Information Age we are living in. In this information age, it sometimes seems that our minds have become as stuffed as a computer, and that we cannot swallow another bit of information. Many people feel stressed, overworked, and are sleep deprived. A topic, therefore, that has captivated people's interest is how to sharpen their memory. Dr. Allen Searleman, a professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University and Canton, New York, stated that memory lapses can be caused by lifestyle factors, overwork, anxiety, lack of sleep, a poor diet, or not enough exercise. An action plan designed to sharpen your memory includes these activities: learn to relax, get enough sleep, practice good nutrition, exercise your body and mind, give yourself time, find places for things, keep a box of mementos. For this will help you remember what is important in your life. Warm thought: It takes more th...

2 MINJAN 20
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Episode 42: The Information Age

Episode 41 - New Year's Reflections

Hope you are having a great start to the new year! We hope you have been able to find some stillness and time to reflect on where you have been and who you want to become! Happy New Year! This warm thoughts column is the last column for this year. As we reflect on this past year, there have been mountains of joy and some valleys of sorrow and real sadness and grief. The New Year, 2006 will soon be here. The thoughts for this new year are titled “Each Day.” A new year will soon begin each day a fresh new start to fulfill your hopes and pursue the dreams sustained within your heart, put God in charge. He'll plant the seeds of affection, love and care, like a garden, your life will grow with kindness flowering there. And as you face the wonder of each day's mysteries. You'll see God's hand unfolding daily possibilities. And as each day comes to a close, dream a dream or two. Then with a prayer, thank Dear God, for each day, given you. As we reflect on the past year, the year 2005. Ma...

2 MINJAN 6
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Episode 41 - New Year's Reflections

Latest Episodes

Episode 50 - Memories of Love

During this time of reflection, we hope you are able to cherish memories and think of your loved ones often. It is a real joy to receive letters from the readers of this warm thoughts column. There are so many gifted writers and I am happy that I can share their thoughts, often in my column. Keep sending your warm and precious thoughts. A reader of this column from Ohio, who has had her poems published in books and magazines, recently sent me her thoughts on memories from long ago. Memories of a precious love. I wonder where you are tonight. I wish I knew if you were alright. 60 years is a long long time to remember things that happened from January to December. And yet as I read the words in my diary, so true. It brings back all the happiness, I knew with you. Our walks in the snow beneath a winter's moon. I wonder why it all ended so soon? We spent so many precious moments together. It didn't matter to us, what was the weather. We walked in the rain. You held me so tight. It was always so hard to say good night. We always said, “Good night, my love, until tomorrow.” We hoped we would never know, a heartbreak, or sorrow. But fate stepped in and we went our separate ways. How I wish we could relive some of those happy days. Sweet memories of a precious love. Kissed by sunbeams from heaven above. In my heart, they will always stay. Wrapped in wishes that will meet again someday. Ruth T. George. Thank you, Ruth for the memories. You have inspired many other writers, keep on writing. Warm thoughts: For low the winter is passed, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of the same birds is come. May you have many warm thoughts in springtime! Warm Thoughts from the Little Home on the Prairie Over a Cup of Tea by Luetta G. Werner April 17 1997 Published in the Marion Record Download the Found Photo Freebie and cherish your memories of the past. Enjoy flipping through the Vintage Photo Book on your coffee table. I hope you enjoyed this podcast episode! Please follow along on this journey by going to visualbenedictions.com or following me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. You can listen to the podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and Overcast. And don’t forget to rate and review so more people can tune in! I’d greatly appreciate it. Till next time, Trina

2 MINAPR 20
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Episode 50 - Memories of Love

Episode 49 - Happy Easter

We hope you have a Happy Easter at home with family. Stay safe and healthy during this time! Happy Easter everyone! After the long winter, the seeds of spring are beginning to appear. We are reminded once again that in our lives, we will have times of winter, but spring will come as promised. Spring is a time when one gets the urge to travel with the birds and visit family and friends, renewing old friendships and making new ones. This past weekend, it was my joy to travel back to my roots and visit family and see many of my old friends from years gone by. celebrating a 40th wedding anniversary with family was one of the highlights of the journey. Traveling old familiar roads brought back many memories and can give one a bit of nostalgia memories, sweet memories. As I traveled down memory lane, I cannot help but be reminded of that journey to the Holy Land 20 years ago, this Holy Week, it was a touch of heaven as the seat buckles clicked in place. And the mighty jet engines of the j...

4 MINAPR 12
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Episode 49 - Happy Easter

Episode 48 - Secret Garden

Are you reading a book or play during this time at home? In this episode we remember a community performance that touched our hearts! Every year since 1959, the Freeman community has a festival of tasting, which they call the “Schmeckfest.” At the 43rd annual schmuck fest,the menu of traditional German foods that has had such universal appeal over the years will again be served. These foods have retained their popularity with guests from many states and several foreign countries. The dates for the Schmeckfest this year are March 29, 30th, and 31st. The musical “Secret Garden” will culminate the activities of the 43rd Schmeckfest. Francis Hodgson Burnett wrote the beloved children's story, “The Secret Garden.” It is the story of Mary Lennox, a young girl who comes from India to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor and York Shire England following the death her parents from colora. At Misselthwaite, she is drawn to her aunt lilies garden, which has been neglected since she...

4 MINAPR 3
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Episode 48 - Secret Garden

Episode 47 - Love Anyways

Join us for another episode as we talk about the importance of loving anyway and continuing to do good in the world, despite the circumstances. Now, before we leave heart month and the extra day of the year, thoughts seem to linger on recipes for the heart and many warm thoughts. Great minds have given us many thoughts from the heart on love. How deep is love? What is love? When I have quiet thoughts from the heart, I am reminded of the poem which was decided by Dr. Carl A. Meneinger at the literary symposium on October 27th, 1981 at the Dag Hammarskjold auditorium, United Nations. It is entitled, “Anyway.” People are unreasonable, illogical, self centered. Love them anyway. If you do good people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Try to be successful anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do it anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyw...

2 MINFEB 24
Comments
Episode 47 - Love Anyways

Episode 46 - Love is a Gift

We hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day! Know that you are loved. Valentine greetings! When you read this column it will be the week of Valentine's Day. From Ohio this past week, came a letter with several poems and one was on love, which really touched my heart. Ruth George is something and still very young at heart. It will bring her much joy to be able to share these warm thoughts on love with you, dear readers of this column. Love is God's Precious Gift. God has given us many gifts along life's way. The most precious is the love in our hearts, it will stay. Love makes the sun shine through a dark cloud. It makes a father look at his baby son and feel so proud. Love soothes the aches and hurts we are asked to bear. Love teaches kindness to those for whom we care. It eases the troubled heart and makes us strong to help a loved one that is done around. When we have love, the world is so bright. It spreads happiness to everyone inside. It bridges the lonely hours when we are apart f...

3 MINFEB 18
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Episode 46 - Love is a Gift

Episode 45 - Parents Learning from Children

Have you ever wondered what advice your children would give to you if you were a parent? Here's some insight from some high school students from Houston, Texas in 1997. Recently, I read an article based on research conducted by a high school teacher in Houston, Texas, who has surveyed more than 300 teenagers and two school districts asking for their comments on these two questions. One, what advice would you give to your mom and dad? To? What do you believe it takes to produce respectful and respectable teenagers. The teenagers ranged in age from 14 to 18 years of age, providing responses such as these. Don't let your small children watch TV a lot. Teach your children about God. Try to raise them according to the principles of the Bible. Be consistent and what you say. Follow through with your decision. Cook for your family. When you let your children go out, give them a curfew. Let them know you love them and want them to be safe. Guide your children toward good marriages by giving...

2 MINFEB 13
Comments
Episode 45 - Parents Learning from Children

Episode 44 - Heart Month

Do you know how Valentine's Day came to be? Learn more about the saint who lived a life full of love for humanity. February is a month when many romantic and patriotic thoughts are expressed. Fields may still be bedded down with snow and yet we are aware that spring will soon be here. Springtime inspires thoughts of love and affection. Have you ever wondered who was St Valentine, the namesake of our February 14 celebration of Valentine's Day, St. Valentine, a priest and physician, lived in Rome during the third century. At that time, Christianity was a persecuted faith, and Valentine was imprisoned for the faith he professed when he would not recant of his faith. Valentine was put to death on February 14. According to the legend, while Valentine was a priest in Rome, Emperor Claudius the second ordered young men not to marry believing that If they did not have wives, they would be more willing to go to war. Moved by compassion for the young lovers, Valentine performed wedding ceremo...

2 MINFEB 4
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Episode 44 - Heart Month

Episode 43: A Child's View of Retirement

Do you ever wonder what life in retirement is like? Listen to this comical poem on a child's interpretation of retirement after spending the holidays with his grandparents. A dear friend who lives in the heartland of America shared with me some amusing thoughts given by a child upon his return home from spending the Christmas holidays with his grandparents in Arizona. A child's view of retirement and a mobile home park. After Christmas break, the teacher asked her small pupils how they spent their holiday. One little boys reply went like this: We always spend Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma. They used to live up here in a big brick house. But grandpa got cold and they moved to Arizona. They live in a park with a lot of other old people. They all live in tin huts. They ride golf carts that are too big for me. They all go to a building they call The Rec Hall. It is fixed now. They all do exercises, but not very well. They play a game with big checkers and push them around on the fl...

2 MINJAN 27
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Episode 43: A Child's View of Retirement

Episode 42: The Information Age

In this episode we will listen to advice given by Dr. Allen Searleman, on preserving your memory in this Information Age we are living in. In this information age, it sometimes seems that our minds have become as stuffed as a computer, and that we cannot swallow another bit of information. Many people feel stressed, overworked, and are sleep deprived. A topic, therefore, that has captivated people's interest is how to sharpen their memory. Dr. Allen Searleman, a professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University and Canton, New York, stated that memory lapses can be caused by lifestyle factors, overwork, anxiety, lack of sleep, a poor diet, or not enough exercise. An action plan designed to sharpen your memory includes these activities: learn to relax, get enough sleep, practice good nutrition, exercise your body and mind, give yourself time, find places for things, keep a box of mementos. For this will help you remember what is important in your life. Warm thought: It takes more th...

2 MINJAN 20
Comments
Episode 42: The Information Age

Episode 41 - New Year's Reflections

Hope you are having a great start to the new year! We hope you have been able to find some stillness and time to reflect on where you have been and who you want to become! Happy New Year! This warm thoughts column is the last column for this year. As we reflect on this past year, there have been mountains of joy and some valleys of sorrow and real sadness and grief. The New Year, 2006 will soon be here. The thoughts for this new year are titled “Each Day.” A new year will soon begin each day a fresh new start to fulfill your hopes and pursue the dreams sustained within your heart, put God in charge. He'll plant the seeds of affection, love and care, like a garden, your life will grow with kindness flowering there. And as you face the wonder of each day's mysteries. You'll see God's hand unfolding daily possibilities. And as each day comes to a close, dream a dream or two. Then with a prayer, thank Dear God, for each day, given you. As we reflect on the past year, the year 2005. Ma...

2 MINJAN 6
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Episode 41 - New Year's Reflections
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