Sunday, August 12, 2012

One Thin Dime and Other Treasures

I'm sure you've heard people say they don't have "a dime to their name." Or that some things are a "dime a dozen." Or it's "not worth a dime."

You can be absolutely sure they weren't talking about this dime. Take a good look at this beauty and then take another look. It's worth it. I'm not a coin collector, but this story caught my eye in the newspaper yesterday. This little dime sold for 1.6 million dollars. Yes, this one thin dime. And actually after the buyer's fee is added, it ends up costing 1.84 million. It was minted in Carson City, Nevada during a one day run of dimes in 1873 and was part of a collection of every coin made in Carson City before that mint closed in 1893. I've just got one word for that. Wow! And if you happen to come across a dime that looks like this, remember, it's definitely not worth a dime. It's worth a million of them.

It's interesting to think about what things are worth. Makes me think of that commercial about how some things are priceless. This dime wasn't. It brought a price - a big price. But so many other things in life are beyond price. Love. Family. Health. True friends. The wag of a dog's tail. Watching a grandchild (or two of them) blow out birthday candles. Being able to do the things you love to do. In life, the things that matter most aren't for sale. They are gifts that we can open with joy.

What are some of the gifts or blessings without price that you treasure?

Remember, I'm giving away a copy of The Gifted to two of you who comment on one of my posts this week. Either this one or the one last Wednesday, Romance with Books. In fact if you comment on both posts, then I'll throw your name into my hat twice.

I do so appreciate the way some of you follow me when I visit other blogs. I was a visitor on Cathy West's This is a Blog about Books last Friday answering the question, Who Am I? If you want to read about my writing roots, you can check that out. But you also definitely deserve a chance to win here. Of course, if you just want to comment without being in the drawing, that would be great too. Always enjoy seeing your comments.

Thanks for reading and commenting too.


40 comments:

  1. Hi Ann, Always love reading your blogs. I feel as if I have a special friend out there somewhere who writes books I love to read and shares my values. Today is my birthday so I have already been thinking about the things in my life that are priceless: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a family who loves me! Oh, I have many more but don't want to be a 'pig' on your blog. Have a blessed day! Linda M. P.S. To win a book would be a wonderful birthday present--no pressure there!

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    1. Happy birthday, Linda, and you're right. A new book is always a great birthday present. Thank you for sharing some of the things that are priceless to you. This morning I might say the sunshine on a beautiful August day. Hope your family makes your birthday shine bright. And good luck in the drawing on Wednesday at noon.

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  2. Ann, I would love to win "The Gifted", or anything for that matter, because I love books and I love winning things!!!

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    1. Lisa, your comment made me smile. I love books and winning things too although I've never been very lucky anytime I entered drawings. Good luck to you!

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  3. I would definaely LOVE to win copy of your book!! TY fir the great giveaway!

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    1. Good luck to you too, Betty. I enjoy giving away books.

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  4. I do believe that if I had seen a dime like that I would have hung onto it and carefully had it checked out. Sigh, who knows, maybe it was in my hand at one time. :)

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    1. Loretta, I doubt I ever held a dime like this one, but I might have held other coins worth a little more than their face value, but if so, I didn't recognize it. But can you imagine paying over a million and a half dollars for a dime? That's a serious coin collector.

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  5. Ann, always enjoy reading your blogs also. The things I treasure most in life first and foremost are Jesus Christ, our Savior and a Father in Heaven who loves us unconditionally. Then there are too many other things almost to mention, but none of them include money really, like still having my health at my age, my children, my grandchildren, and being able to live in this beautiful country with all the freedoms we enjoy. My happiest moments have been just spending time with my family.

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    1. Salvation, God's love, health, children, grandchildren, freedom, a beautiful country - you're right, Noreen. So many treasures.

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  6. money still can't buy happiness long term like Faith in Christ which is eternal

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    1. Denise, faith and trust in the Lord can give us that peace that passes understanding.

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  7. Ann, there are so many blessings and treasures in my life that it would be hard to name just one. I'm blessed to have a heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally. I have a wonderful husband, 4 beautiful daughters, sons-in-law and a grandson and granddaughter who are my life's joys. You can't put a price on love.
    Nancee

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    1. Nancee, you are certainly right. Love is priceless and much to be valued in our lives and it sounds as if you are blessed with an abundance of love's joy.

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  8. So many things in life are priceless--family, friends, a baby's giggle, a hug from someone special.

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    1. I like the baby's giggle. Such a sweet sound to melt the hear. And definitely priceless, onorman.

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  9. Would love to win a copy of The Gifted.
    Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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  10. The gift of eyesight is priceless. Our God has blessed us with so many abilities we take for granted. I love reading His Word and good books He would approve of! So many moments are priceless and make memories... but of course, a hope of Heaven is the best gift. Family and friends are treasures. Being able to write what I feel or want others to feel is a gift as well. Sandi Keaton-Wilson on Facebook

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    1. We are so wondrously made, Sandi. The gift of sight is one that I treasure as well. I often think about if I'd been born before back in the ancient age before someone came up with spectacles, I'd no longer be able to read now since I must depend on my glasses these days to make the print visible. I'm also very thankful for the gift of words.

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  11. Ann, I am amazed at how you can juggle all of your many interests and life duties along with your amazing literary talents. Does your clock have more hours than mine?

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  12. How do you find the time to answer your blogs, take care of your mom, write books and everything else in your daily life? Does your clock have more hours than mine?

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    1. A very good question, Dorita. Some things slide here at the house when I've got a deadline approaching and sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I do spend a lot of hours with Mom, but my sister and a couple of sitters help that not to be every hour. And I can do internet work while at Mom's, if she's not agitated. I enjoy talking to my reading friends who take the time to comment on what I've written. But a clock with more hours would be very helpful at times.

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  13. I think the best gifts I have been given are best friend, my grandparets, husband and most importantly my children. They have brought me closer in my relationship with God and continue to do so (and my grandparents until their passing 9 days apart recently). They are true blessings!

    Lcenlow@sit-co.net

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    1. The good people in our lives, those are the true blessings, Lcenlow. Love my family too.

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  14. Great blog!! The thing that I treasure the most is coming from a big family!! What lessons we learn when sharing a home with 8 siblings and multi-generation adults!

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    1. Thanks, Betty. One thing sure, I'm thinking you learned how to stand up for yourself with that many siblings. Big families are wonderful. I'm glad I was able to grow up near my extended family so that we could visit and make those wonderful memories of family times together.

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  15. Oh Ann, I really need to win this book. Would be my first time to read about the Shakers. I have entered a number of times lately, but haven't been lucky yet. Please enter me. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. You have been wonderful to follow me around to the sites where I'm guest blogging. I do appreciate that and wish you much luck in this chance to win.

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  16. Definitely all the precious people in my life and also the ability to read! God bless all the teachers in my life. They've been such a blessing to me.

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    1. People we love and reading to enlarge our world - true priceless blessings, Sue.

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  17. I love your books and would really like to win The Gifted.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I appreciate you reading my books. Maybe you'll be the winner in this drawing. You are all already winners in my eyes, but if I sent everybody a book, nobody would go to the store. LOL.

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  18. You asked what gift without price. The gift I'm treasuring right now that can't be bought is a MIRACLE. My sister was diagnosed less than a year ago with stage 3 breast cancer. It has since spread to the bones, liver, and then the brain. We were notified last week that there are NO cancer cells present in the brain anymore. Praise God!
    I thank you, Ms. Ann for writing the types of books you do! It's so good to know that with all the bad you will always have something uplifting and decent I can read. And enjoy! :) Thank you!

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    1. That is a gift without price, Amanda. I will join in with your prayers that your sister will continue to get miraculous news during her treatment times.

      And thank you so much for reading my books.

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    2. Thank you!! So excited for your niece. I shared your post(Facebook) on my Facebook. I love hearing this type of news!! Congrats and glory to God!

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  19. I enjoy your books and your blog. Thank you for giving me a chance to win this book.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Hi, Angela. It's so encouraging to see comments like yours and to know that I have friends out there reading One Writer's Journal. Thanks for reading my books too.

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  20. I like reading your blog and thanks for give aways.
    carolynj63@att.net

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. Having these giveaways is one of the fun parts of a new book out for readers. I enjoy sharing my stories.

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