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January 13, 2017


Vicki Hancock

I will have to try that. I can NEVER find them although I have pretty good luck at other things. Now that there's 3 feet of snow I want to run out and find one, lol!!!

Missy Starliper

Refocusing is something I have to do in my job daily. Sometimes not the easiest task but I'll continue to think of this post in the future. My birthday is today, Friday the 13. It's a good day.

Terri Wilhelm

As soon as I read your email about this blog, I thought it was a sign. Lol. I'm a superstitious person. My grandparents raised me from birth and my "dad" had an eye for finding 4 leaf clovers. He made a good luck charm using a clover that I kept in my wallet from the time I was 10 to this past Christmas Eve when someone stole my purse. I am still raw with anger that I lost something so meaningful. Reading this blog made me feel really good cause you "have the eye" my dad did. Lol Thank you


I'm in refocus mode now. I had hoped to be in Library school this semester, but that didn't work out as planned. So, time to suck it up and go to plan B!

Pat Werths

I can spot a typo a mile away, but cannot for the life of me find a four-leaf clover.
I love your perspective of stepping back and looking at thongs differently. We get stuck,don't we?

Karen Hollingsworth

I was born on Oct. 13th. But it wasn't a Friday. Have a friend whose son always finds 4 leaf clovers while the rest of the family doesn't have any luck finding them.

Pat Werths

I especially notice typos AFTER pisting! THINGS, not thongs.

Pat Werths

Ok, for goodness sake! Posting.


I do not believe in luck or coincidences...everything happens for a reason.

Mary Lou Hoffman

If my name is chosen from the lucky hat, please give it to Terri Wilhelm - I would love for her to semi-replace such an important memento. It would add to her story :)

Pat Werths - thank you for the giggles!!


I never did find one. With my luck if I got down to look now, I could not get up again, I like the idea of changing focus. Changing how you look at things may mean finding gems among those you see everyday

Sara R.

I'm one of those who has never been able to find a four leaf clover. When we were little, we would look for them and occasionally one of my friends would always find that special clover.

Bobbi Hardy

I so agree with you about luck as it seems as I get older and relax and let my mind not focus on the negative but only the positive my luck has opened up so much more ~


Me too, if you do pick my name please send it to Terri Wilhelm, May it bring her luck. Pat Werths you're too funny!

Stephanie Koenig

I so love 4-leaf clovers. I can remember looking for them with our daughter and she always found them!!
Looking at life from a different perspective has always given me the benefit of taking a pause and rethinking the situation! Great opportunity!

Elaine Viets

I loved spotting four-leaf clovers, too, and would give them as gifts when I was a kid. Congratulations on your new book.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Brilliant, Joanna. I cannot wait to try this.

And Bobbi, I so agree! Letting your mind open to the good possibilities is so life-changing!

Storyteller Mary

I'm joining the Terri club, and a pox on that purse thief! My friend's husband always found the 4-leafed clovers, and said that finding one led to more, as they are joined by a common stem. I haven't tested that.
Refocusing is a constant part of teaching, since students, unlike those awful NCLB tests, are not standardized.
Once when in doldrums I watched a friend's friend on Jeopardy, as moral support, and the answer came in a quote "Make your goal something you can control." I got busy on some new goals. <3

Jan Covey

Friday the 13th have always been good or lucky days for me. I also have a daughter born on Saint Patricks day. I am definitely a four leaf clover person wver since elementary school when I would look for 4 leaf clovers in the school grass field.

Renee C.

I have only managed to find one four leaf clover, and that was many many years ago. I still love keeping an eye out for them, even if I haven't had any more luck finding them lately.

Joanne Kocourek

My family and I definitely need a dramatic positive improvement in our luck or lack there of. Trying to find a positive in every day.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Just so y'all know, I wrote a wonderful response while sitting in a Cracker Barrel, outside of Vero Beach, but...typepad would NOT allow me access! While I was fighting with the gods of typepad, a firetruck pulled up and I decided it was my cue to leave! (Before my luck ran out.)

Joanna Campbell Slan

Vicki, I doubt that you can find a four-leafer in the snow. If you do, let me know.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Missy, happy birthday! Email me with your mailing address at [email protected] and I'll send you a four-leaf clover.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Terri, email me at [email protected] with a mailing address. I can't replace the clover your dad found for you, but I'll send you another. How about a five-leafer? (Remind me, because I do have them.)

Joanna Campbell Slan

Shelli, you are being diverted. There must be something WONDERFUL waiting for you that you'd never have seen/experienced if you went to library school as planned. Count on it.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Pat, I know-tice thongs, too, and I get pisted. I always know-tice them two late. (Ha-ha!)

Those same keen eyes can spot four-leaf clovers. Trust me.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Karen, I hope you ask your friend's son what his secret is. Maybe there's another way to find four-leafers. Hmmm?

Joanna Campbell Slan

Jan, I do believe that everything happens for a reason, but...not always for the reason we THINK it's happening.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Mary Lou, you don't need a four-leaf clover. You have a heart of gold. That's your lucky charm.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Helen, we need to see each other as the gems we truly are. Even if we're only diamonds in the rough.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Sara R., a four-leaf clover appears approximately once in every 10,000 clovers. Maybe you just needed to move to another patch?

Joanna Campbell Slan

Bobbi, as I get older, I remember a friend who taught me to think in terms of QTL (quality time left). I don't have time to waste being annoyed, angry or unhappy. I can tell you feel the same.

Joanna Campbell Slan

AnneL, another woman with a heart of gold. Gosh, this post seems to have drawn a lot of kindred spirits to the forefront.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Stephanie, I taught one of my nieces to find four-leafers. She's a whiz at it now. Your post reminded me of that afternoon. Thank you for being a blessing to me.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Elaine, if I find one and someone is nearby, I give it away because it wasn't meant for me to keep, only to find and pass along.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Hank, I eagerly await a report on how this works for you!

Joanna Campbell Slan

Storyteller Mary, I love that! The Terri club! Woohoo!!!

I don't think your friend was right about the same stem, but...often the aberration that caused that extra left is in the plant itself, and if you follow the stem back to its crown, you'll find a whole group of four-leafers.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Jan Covey, did you know that St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to teach the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost)? I have an aunt who was born on St. Patrick's Day!

Joanna Campbell Slan

Renee, maybe all you needed was one, eh? And you were generous enough to leave the rest for others?

Joanna Campbell Slan

Joanne K, email me at [email protected] and I'll mail you a four-leaf clover. At the very least, perhaps it will change your focus. Meanwhile, I'll include you and yours in my prayers.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Storyteller Mary, you won! Send me your postal address and I'll send you a four-leaf clover. Email me at [email protected] (To arrive at your name as the winner, I used a random number generator.)

Vickie Williams

Changing the way you look at things can be a difficult task..I constantly have to remind myself to stop and rethink. I have never found a four leaf clover!

Dawn currier

Thank you for sharing the book! I am a big kiki fan!Also I need the reading and the food luck for my open heart surgery!

Joanna Campbell Slan

Vickie, you are right that it's difficult. A friend of mine who is a doctor says that the average person can't change his/her habits even if it's a matter of life and death!

Joanna Campbell Slan

Dawn, drop me an email at [email protected] and I'll send you a four-leaf clover. You already have my prayers and good wishes for your surgery.

Sandy Bach

Very clever! I hadn't thought of that. I've never believed in the luck or unluckiness of the number 13. Just a number to me but a four leaf clover would certainly be a find!

Joanna Slan

Sandy, I think I specialize in seeing things differently. At least, I try to.

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