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by Joan Wester Anderson

A friend is someone you can call at 8:30 on Monday morning to say you are dropping off your St.Bernard in about ten minutes. She will say okay, and never ask why.

A friend is someone you hope will be at the next bridge club meeting, because it's always more fun when she's there.

A friend is someone who meets your eye and laughs at the same time you do. And no one else can understand just what is so funny.

A friend is someone who will ask your advice, and sometimes even take it.

A friend can make you feel like Julia Child at your own dinner party, even though the only thing you ever serve is Chicken and Broccoli Delight.

A friend will lend you her silk evening wrap, and not even tell you to guard it with your life.

A friend won't think you're terrible if you tell her you once threw your wedding ring at your husband. If your husband threw it back, she won't think he's terrible either.

A friend is someone who brings her own glass of iced tea to your patio because she can't stand your coffee.

A friend listens to what you say, and also hears the message underneath the words.

A friend will tell you about the spiders in her house, so you can tell her about the mouse in yours.

She knows her children aren't perfect, and doesn't care if you know it too. She understands and accepts you just the way you are, but is loyal enough to tell you when you're behaving like a child. Best of all, you can tell her to go home.

Thanks to the special women in my life. I love you all.

Joan Wester-Anderson

Write Joan and let her know your thoughts on her story!

Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She began her writing career in 1973 with a series of family humor articles for local newspapers and parenting magazines. She was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980's, and has published more than one thousand articles and short stories in a variety of publications, including Woman's Day, Modern Bride, Virtue, Reader's Digest, and the New York Times Syndicate.

Her 15 books include WHERE ANGELS WALK, TRUE STORIES OF HEAVENLY VISITORS, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year, has sold almost two million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Her most recent book, In The Arms of Angels -- True Stories of Heavenly Guardians was just published!

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Thought For The Day:

The teacher asked the pupils to tell the meaning of loving-kindness. A little boy jumped up and said, "Well, if I was hungry and someone gave me a piece of bread that would be kindness. But if they put a little jam on it, that would be loving-kindness."

Verse for the Day:

"Bless the Lord, O my soul...who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things..."
Psalm 103: 1,4,5

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"When you've just caught the football, the tackle doesn't hurt as much."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth."--Erma Bombeck

Coach's Thought For The Day

When asked about which team is the toughest team in the league, he responded with an answer all players must comprehend. He said simply that it was, "The team you are playing." --Roy Campanella

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"Writers are born thieves and you should never trust them with any confidence you don't wish to see either figuratively or literally used in print." --Jack Ketchum

Deep Thought For The Day:

"In dog years, I'm dead."


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I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever!
Silverhill, AL

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Reading Books, Changing Lives!

For those of you who would like to purchase the books from the bookstore via your credit card, you can now do so!

You can now order a number of different autographed best-selling inspirational books for the same price you would get them in the store, the shipping to you is paid for, and you are helping change the lives of teenagers and those they come in contact with!


A number of people have written to us asking what an EBook is, since our book is being offered in both print and EBook versions.  An EBook is a book that can be downloaded and read right on your computer. The advantage of ordering the EBook is that is costs less, $6.95 (No other charges), as compared to $13.95 for the print book. Plus your EBook will arrive the same day you order it and you can begin reading the stories right away!

EBooks are read via Acrobat Reader, which is software that is already on your computer. So for those of you who don't want to wait for the print book to be delivered, check out this link to order the EBook version of Heart Touchers "Life-Changing Stories of Faith, Love, and Laughter."


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