Welcome to Raise Your Thoughts. The purpose of this site is simply to share positive thoughts and suggestions that may open awareness to those who stop by.

I find life to be good, but I know that all of us have times when we need to take a deep breath and  bring freshness to our Gratitude Center, the heart. 

The Johnny Mercer song: You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, hang on to the affirmative, and don't mess with Mr.  In-Between might seem simplistic, but ain't it the darn truth?

Go ahead, give it a hum. It will stick with you and be a good reminder to breathe.

My name is Janice Clark. I am a retired elementary school teacher. I have been enjoying my hobby of writing for and about children for many years.  Even in retirement, I just can't cut loose my desire to reach out to children.

I am excited that Roland Faissett and the Wizards of Wee Ville, my newest book, will be available in December, 2017. Come back soon to get more information on my News Items page.

I have authored two other children's books: Roscoe Is a RAKster/You Can Be One Too, andRoscoe the RAKster Is Also a PAKster. They promote random acts of kindness, which I believe start in the home. Parents and extended family members have ample opportunities to demonstrate kindness of word and deed in the home. Start with lots of smiles and thanks for good behaviorand helpfulness. Accentuate the positive.

Having both parents in the workforce these days makes finding family time challenging. Find some time. 

Quality minutes surpass quantity minutes. Be creative.  Prepare dinner together.

                                                                                         Take a walk after dinner.

                                                                                          Rake the leaves, shovel snow together.

                                                                                          Play a board game as a family.

         Put the electronics aside and engage in some good old-fashioned communication:                        Take turns talking ... Listen to each other ... Observe reactions