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What

…is on your gratitude list today? Read more

Why White?

In the late-1830’s, most brides wore colored wedding dresses but Queen Victoria had another idea in mind. Read more

“Use” Love

As you know, your Two Chums are all about more love, more joy, more abundant living! Read more

The Best Story You Never Heard

Today marks the 16th anniversary of one the greatest American tragedies in history.  Much has been written and reported about that terrible day 16 years ago, but there is a story that happened that we think maybe few have heard.  We had not until now, but thought today especially, it is well worth sharing with our chums. Read more

Candle In The Wind

It was 20 years ago today that the people of London gathered in the streets along the route of Diana’s coffin to celebrate her life. Read more

Ac-centuate The Positive!

Be sure you do! Read more

Twenty Years Ago Today

It is hard to believe that twenty years ago today, Lady Diana Spencer, later, Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris. Read more

You Can Help


It is so heart wrenching to see the images, and hear the interviews, of people who have been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.  It is now known as Tropical Storm Harvey.  But no matter what you call it, in Texas today, there are hundreds of thousands of victims of its power and destruction.  It is terrible seeing the devastation and watching the rescue of little ones, and the elderly, and single mothers with children, and people with their beloved pets, from flooded homes and from cars trapped in flooded streets.  It can surely make anyone watching feel helpless.  But the truth is we aren’t helpless.   Read more

Well Done – A Coffee Break

Today could be a special day…for you…for someone you don’t see eye to eye with…for the country, because today could be the day we start talking to each other again. Read more

Let’s Hear It For Gratitude!

It is a known fact that expressing gratitude, whether verbally or just in our thinking, makes us happier, healthier and generally more fun to be with. Read more

Hope Can Change The World

In these difficult days, this is a message for everyone regardless of your social, economic, ethnic or political status.  A good word indeed! Read more

This Definitely Needs To Be Said!

We were scrolling through Facebook and this wonderful piece popped up which had been reprinted by Randy, Randy Northrup.  We know all of our chums will appreciate reading this. Read more

On Being A Gentleman

The world is full of boys and men.  Gentlemen of any age are in shorter supply.   Read more

Stand Out!

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Read more

This Tooth Fairy is Very Clever!

“One mom in Waco, Texas, came up with a creative and constructive response when her son asked the tooth fairy for more money. . .” Read more

F.W. What?

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To a lot of our readers, the two initials can only mean one thing:  F.W. Woolworth or the 5 and dime store! Read more

Do What You Love

Is it possible to always do what you love? Read more

We Say, “Well Done”!

“It was late on a Friday night and Nicholas Tate was nearing the end of his shift at Walmart when the line at his checkout counter started grow. . . ” Read more

Tennis Anyone?

        Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta, during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017.         (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

We could not help but stop and read this wonderful article by Francis Bridges, a Forbes Contributor and then…. just HAD to share it!

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The Epitome of Humility

When on a recent official trip to Poland with her family, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was told that she “looked perfect”. Read more

A Romantic, For Sure!

According to People, Prince Harry acquired this very romantic piece (pieces) of artwork… Read more

…He Wears The Trousers

Queen Elizabeth II holds the record of being the monarch of the United Kingdom who has been married for the longest time.  She wears the crown BUT “her husband wears the trousers”, according to biographer, Gyles Brandreth.. Read more

The Most Important Ingredient

Don’t forget the most important ingredient whenever you are making something. Read more

A Film Great

On this day in 2003, Katherine Hepburn left us at the wonderful age of 96.  She left us physically but left us with a golden legacy!  When she died, the lights on Broadway were dimmed for an hour to mark the passing of one of entertainment’s brightest stars. Read more

Lead By Example

This is an entry from a very popular site on Instagram, called AussieDave.  Each day there is a new inspiration or devotional taken from the Bible, that relates so beautifully to real life and the situations we all find ourselves in on a regular basis.  Following is an excerpt from the entry that accompanied this photo.  We think is outstanding and wanted to share it with you our chums.   Read more

Trooping of the Colour

Last Saturday was a very special day in England…… Read more

The Final Bow

The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, saddened the world and brought with it great emotion. Read more

Tear Down The Wall

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan visited West Berlin to deliver a speech.

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Prince Phillip Looks Proudly On

If that isn’t the look of a proud husband, we don’t know what is! Read more

A Shower And A Blower

For those of you who are wondering what on earth this post is about, it is NOT a shower that you get wet in and a hair blower! Read more

A Mamma’s Heart is Ferocious!

We had to share this wonderful true story of a Mother’s love. Read more

Some Gave All

On this Memorial we want to take a moment to remember the brave me and women of the armed forces who have made that ultimate sacrifice, giving their very lives, to defend our freedom.  They have gone into dark and dangerous places so that we, and our children and our children’s children might be safe.  For that we are a grateful nation and we honor those who have fallen today.  Several years ago on November 13, 2010 Lt General John Kelly USMC, delivered a speech about the dedication and valor of our young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us.  Having lost his own son, Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC, just 4 days earlier, General Kelly spoke from his heart.

He closed the speech with the moving account of the last six seconds in the lives of two young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines.  During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. Read more

You Can Bloom

We all find ourselves in difficult places at one time or another.  We came across a lovely encouragement that we could all use from time to time.   Read more

Here Comes The Bride!

Tomorrow is a big day for the Middleton clan!  Their Bucklebury home is full to the brim with activity as they get last minute details secured and roll into a huge party after the marriage of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. Read more

Teacher Appreciation

The end of the school year is fast approaching.  Children will say goodbye to their classmates and their teachers. Telling those teachers “thank you” and letting them know how very appreciated they are for all they have done should never be overlooked.  Your words and small tokens of appreciation can mean more than you might realize to those women and men who help to shape our children’s world and even their futures.  But sometimes finding the right words or small gift to give as a token of your appreciation can be hard.  So today we have a few suggestions for you 🙂 Read more

Lessons From Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney was a television star, writer and humorist.  Here are a few profound things he shared with us. Read more

A Royal Promise for Mummy

We had to share this excerpt from an article we read in Bazaar. Read more

A Flurry Of Activity

There was a flurry of activity at Buckingham Palace last Thursday evening and everyone was all abuzz! Read more

It’s Been Six Years!

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Catherine Middleton and  Prince William certainly have packed a lot into the last six years!  In some ways, it seems that they have always been together but, of course, we are reminded always that they have not always been together and, in fact, Catherine was a “commoner” Read more

Happiness is ….

What is happiness?   Read more

Simple Reminders

In almost every home there are articles that have emotional attachments associated with them. Read more

Respect

According to royal etiquette, ladies must curtsy and gentlemen must bow from the neck when they see royalty for the first time in any given day. Read more

Making The Ordinary Matter

Recently we came across an admonition regarding appreciating the ordinary. We thought it so extraordinary that we wanted to share it with you, our chums.   Read more

No Ordinary Egg

The Imperial Coronation Egg,one of the most famous and iconic of Faberge eggs.

What is the story behind these very beautiful Faberge eggs? Read more

Easter Fun

Leading up to this blessed day of Easter, we wanted to share a few fun facts. Read more

Sixty-Four Years Later

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Always wanting to share the good, we are passing on a story that struck us as wonderful originally shared by Elisa Murphy of GMA. Read more

A Lesson For All Of Us From The Mouth of a Babe

Jihan Forbes of Yahoo shared this inspiring story with us.

Brandi Benner describes how an otherwise uneventful excursion to buy her daughter a doll took an unexpected turn once her family got to the register.  Read more

Use Both Hands!

There she goes again!  Both hands! Read more

Find The Good

Just a gentle reminder… Read more

A Few More Laughs!

Well, we feel that a wonderful medicine is laughter and so, with the help of many fine people, thought we would provide you with some…

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Well Done! No one Sits Alone!

We read, with joy, this article, The Power of Humanity by Taylor Pittman and just HAD to share it with all of you! Read more

Sweet Words From The Princes, William and Harry

Some of you may have read these sweet words (written by Brittney Stephens) recently but they are too touching not to spread! Read more

More Deeply Resonating Quotes

And again, thanks to Encurious, here are some more inspirational quotes which, hopefully, will help your days go wonderfully well. Read more

“The Cherry At The Top”

Paul Burrell was quoted in an interview with the Mirror as saying, “Buckingham Palace is a village, a world of its own.  The cherry on the cake is Her Majesty at the top of it all.” Read more

For Children Of All Ages

We feel sure you will hold onto these wonderful quotes which were shared by Encurious.

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Tally-Ho! There Goes HRM!

And there she goes.  At 90 years old, HRM Queen Elizabeth II, is still riding and loving it! Read more

Well Done – Portraits Of Courage

When people retire, going from being very engaged and busy with an active full life, to suddenly having no where you have to be and nothing you have to do can be a big shock.  So retired people often travel, play golf, spend time with grandchildren, or take up a hobby.  Taking up a “hobby” is precisely what the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, has done…he has taken up painting portraits.  And not just any portraits either.   Read more

Not Decided Yet?

Yes, Lent has indeed started but we came across a wonderful list that we just HAD to share. Read more

When Charles Becomes King

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The wife of the King is always known as “Queen Consort,” usually abbreviated to ‘Queen’. Read more

Words, words!

Who doesn’t love and need inspiration?  We know we do! Read more

Can’t?

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Her Majesty Queen (Alexandrina) Victoria

Queen Victoria…a name well known today – well known for many reasons. Read more

Gone With The Wind

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Yes, it’s Oscar time again.  The big day is less than two weeks away and Hollywood is abuzz. Read more

It’s In His Kiss

We are told in the popular Shoop Shoop Song  of 1964, “If you want to know if he loves you so…it’s in his kiss!”  Turns out the song may not be too far off!   Read more

Did You Know?

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we thought we would share a bit of trivia with you… Read more

First Star of Fame

It is hard to imagine Hollywood without the Walk of Fame where anybody who is anybody has a star on the walkway. Read more

Lightbulb Moment

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Well Done – A Lesson In Forgiveness

If someone told you a story about a black man accused of dealing drugs, and a white cop, who later became the best of friends, you’d say a little skeptically “well….maybe”. But if they told you it was the white cop who accused and arrested the black man, and had him sent to prison, you’d be even more leary of the story. But guess what? That isn’t even the half of it!  this one has a twist you will never see coming.  This is one of the most remarkable and powerful stories….true stories…we’ve ever heard. Read more

Sapphire Jubilee

This is a very important day in England. Read more

Well Done – A Currency Of Kindness

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When a little boy in Ohio found $20 in a parking lot, neither he nor his mother could possibly have imagined all the good that could come from investing that $20 bill in kindness.   Read more

No Ring?

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When Prince William married the then Catherine Middleton, one thing that is fairly often practiced at wedding ceremonies in the United States did not happen. Read more

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Love And Forgiveness

Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Among his many accomplishments, stands his wisdom when it came to matters of love, hate and forgiveness.   Read more

Well Done – A Touching Letter

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It was 8 years ago that the Obama family moved into the White House. Sasha and Malia Obama, the first family sisters, were greeted by the Bush sisters who had lived there before them.  Sisters, Barbara and Jenna Bush, left a letter for Sasha and Malia welcoming them to their new home and encouraging them as they started the new adventure they were about to have.  As the Obama girls leave what has been their home for the last 8 years, and make their way in life outside the White House, the Bush sisters have again written them another letter to encourage them on this next chapter of their lives.   Read more

Be Kind

Sometimes the simplest reminders can be the most powerful…. Read more

The Final Curtsy: A Royal Memoir by the Queen’s Cousin

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Well Done – A Lesson In Honor

img_9254These two adorables attended the world famous Rose Parade this past Monday, January 2nd and this photo of them ended up in the local newspaper.  Thanks to some very generous friends, our group had very coveted front row seats at the parade.  What these girls and everyone around them witnessed though, was much more than just pretty floats and marching bands.   Read more

Beginning Sweetly!

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No, this is not a reversal of yesterday’s Sweet Beginnings post.  It is simply a bit of a play on words. Read more

Well Done – Sharing Her Good!

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A 16-year-old girl made one family’s Christmas extra special this year after spending her paycheck on gifts for a mom and her four boys in need. Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

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The end of this week will mark the time when we make new year’s resolutions so now is the time to be really thinking about it. Read more

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

soldiers-christmasWhat do Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Kelly Clarkson all have in common?   Read more

Christmas Savvy Secrets

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You know how much we love History.com and today, we found these very fun facts about Christmas.  A bit of Christmas Trivia around the holidays makes for a lot of fun. Read more

Christmas Stockings

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Soon children and, in some homes, adults, will hang their stockings on the fireplace expecting Santa to come and fill them with goodies.  “What a very funny tradition”, you might say!  “How on earth did it start?” you might ask. Read more

A Very Important Portrait

A supplied image obtained Saturday, 18, 2016. A photograph of the Queen and Prince Charles taken in May 2016 in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, prior to the final night of The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Pageant. The photo is being released by Clarence House to mark the end of the year of celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday. (AAP Image/PA, Nick Knight) NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO SALES, NO COMMERCIAL USE, NO BOOKS OR MERCHANDISING. NO MANIPULATION, OTHER THAN CROPPING. NOT FOR USE AFTER SUNDAY DECEMBER 25, 2016

Photograph taken by Nick Knight in May 2016 in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Though a lovely photo, you might wonder why such a portrait would be deemed so important.  True it was taken as a part of the year long celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, but the signal this portrait allegedly sends is a big one for Prince Charles and for the British people.   Read more

Who Put The “Jingle” in Jingle Bells?

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Well, our trusty History.com has helped us again!  Christopher Klein shared these interesting facts about Jingle Bells and, for a carol that we all know by heart (from age 2 on up), it is amazing that there is so much we DO NOT KNOW about it! Read more

Home For Christmas!

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We read this heartwarming story by Avianne Tan of Good Morning America and trust that you will enjoy it as much as we did.

“A train conductor recently saved the life of a stowaway cat he said he found “frozen in ice and snow” under the engine of a train at a station in Canada. Read more

Difficult Predictions!

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Having just gone through an election where the predictions of most people proved to be very wrong, History.com reminds us that there have been quite a few presidential elections where things did not turn out the way everyone thought they would! Read more

Santa Claus?

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Some of you may have already read this or thought of this but we definitely think it is touching enough to repeat. Read more

Christmas “Jumpers”

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For those of you who do not know, the word “jumper” is what the English use for the word “sweater”.  This is an amazingly funny photograph of The Royals in their Christmas jumpers. Read more

More Thanks!

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It should not surprise our Chums that we have not put away the “Gratitude Thoughts” just yet!  In fact, we found this really interesting article on History.com about how some other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. Read more

Well Done!

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Oh, how we love to share touching moments!  We are always so grateful to hear of them!  Here is one from Avianne Tan of Good Morning America that was over-the-top generous. Read more

Time To Unite

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We came across this wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal, written by Melanie Kirkpatrick and just HAD to share it with all of you. Read more

Mother and Wife

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Certainly, we are not trying to convince anyone that Catherine looks like Diana, Princess of Wales physically.  But, certainly, we think you will agree that they both have a certain sense of style. Read more

Gratitude For Their Service

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A Super Fun Gift Idea

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Need a great gift idea? Read more

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

For all of you who have red hair, these are fun facts to know. Read more

Last Stop – The White House

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Certainly, the outside of The White House is a very recognizable building but the private part of the residence is kept private. Read more

Encouraging Words

flying-pigeon-on-skyWe can all use a word of wisdom or encouragement from time to time.  Some of us need them more often than others. We all go through seasons where we just need a good reminder that things will work out.  Today we have just that sort of encouragement for you.   Read more

John Marries Abigail

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Yes, on this day in 1764, John Adams married his love, Abigail Smith.   Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Queen

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As you well know, your Two Chums love the Royals and love sharing little things about them.   Read more

Where Did These Familiar Sayings Come From?

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Here are some wonderful sayings that we are sure you have all used but did not know how they came into being. Read more

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