About Words

Welcome to Words of Encouragement!

             Just me, K. Lee!


I decided to revise this blog, which was originally my very first blog several years ago, and dedicate it to my beloved Dad, Ben Willis, who lost his battle with lymphoma on Sept. 2, 2002. He was a giant of a man, loved by all who knew him, and one of his greatest strengths was his ability to encourage people. At his packed memorial service–standing room only–his gift of encouragement was the most often repeated tribute to his life.


That, therefore, is the goal of this blog – to encourage others through stories, verses, thoughts, and other bits of inspiration.


The header, created by my wonderful friend Becky, is symbolic of several things. First, the brick background represents the fireplace that stood at what used to be the family homestead and the site of many family occasions as we gathered in front of that fireplace in the livingroom.


Second, the photos in the header all represent special moments in his life and our lives with him:

*The blue chair – identical to “his” chair in the livingroom at that childhood home in New Hampshire; the chair from which he shared many of his words of wisdom and encouragement.

*Dad’s photo – on the left, this was from happier, healthier times, during one of the many camping trips he and Mom enjoyed (taken from the photo below).

*Our photo – in  the center, this is my Dad and me; I edited this photo from a much larger family photo from about 20+ years ago, to create a new one specifically for this blog.

*The rowboat silhouette – on the right, this picture was from another camping trip; this one has my Dad and my oldest daughter in it, fishing at dusk.


In Loving Memory of My Dad.
In Loving Memory of My Dad.

This blog is my attempt, in some small way, to honor my Dad’s memory and carry on his legacy of encouragement and inspiration, to help others as he helped all of us in his family, extended family, church family, and so many others during his lifetime. This is for you, Dad – I love you and miss you.

*NOTE* I also wrote my first book in his honor in 2012 for Father’s Day, entitled Fatherly Reflections. It is available as an ebook and printed book at Amazon.



  1. Patricia

    Hi, I found your name on Virtual Vocations blog site. I’m not really a writer, but I was really impressed by your response to another angry blogger ( I won’t mention the name, but you know who it is). Thanks, I have been looking for a WAH position for some time now. I was laid off my job back in July of this year. Imagine, after 30 years of giving my life to these people, they threw me under the bus. So, now I’m looking to stay home, not make that 3 hour one way trip to work, and 3 hours back. Klee I want to thank you once again for renewing my faith in finding a job at home.

    24 . Nov . 2008
  2. Rhonda Neely

    Also, my dad had “his” chair in our home. It’s still there 5 years after he has passed.

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    K’lee, what a touching tribute and an inspiring idea for ways to celebrate life.

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    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It?s the old what goes around comes around routine. Did you acquired lots of links and I see lots of trackbacks?

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    Our parents are the greatest assets that we have and we should value them while they are with us. Its nice to see that you have treasured the memories of your father so well through his chair and his ideas, which serve as a beacon for you.

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