Giving Thanks

It’s the season. As we gather together with our family and friends and reflect on the joy in our lives, it’s easy to forget about others. And it’s all too easy to overlook all that is wrong in our communities, country, and the world. With that in mind, an exercise in giving back can and […]

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Fast Fashion on My Mind-Part Two

I previously wrote about fashion and its negative environmental impact. Simply put, fast fashion is cheaply produced clothing sold to consumers seeking the latest trends. When we buy cheap clothing, we more readily discard it, and then we buy more. Consider defining your budget, refining your style, and buying clothes that make you feel good […]

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Remembering-Veterans Day

Many of my family members died serving in war time and the lives of others have been forever changed because of their service. I do think taking the time to remember helps to heal and forgive. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War […]

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Mindfulness

I think people should pursue the exercise plan that works for them. I’m an active person and I try to include a three-mile walk into my daily routine because that’s what works for me. Sometimes it happens, sometimes life happens! I stay focused on a quality of life that includes fewer medications, a stronger body, […]

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Halloween is Inspiring!

I say this often, probably too often. I don’t like Halloween. The holiday of scary, gory images and candy has always left me glad when it’s over. I was never inspired as a kid either. Maybe I liked the candy a little bit! So, in an effort to be less annoyingly repetitive and find some […]

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Neighborhood Give Back

Every year in the fall we have a block party on our street. It was an idea a neighbor and I had for a long time, but we didn’t get it rolling until five years ago. I coordinate this family friendly event each year, obtaining responses and cobbling together the list of dishes each neighbor […]

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Rethinking Columbus Day

Remember when we learned about the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and the determined explorer, Christopher Columbus? Funny how the name of three sailing ships can bring back the memory of elementary school cafeterias, seemingly endless recess on the playground and mean, teasing boys! So, a little bit about Columbus Day. We now look differently […]

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Know Your Food-Eggs

So, I’m at it again. My relentless need to know where my food comes from. In this case, it comes from chickens. Are they happy chickens? Eggs are an amazing food. Packed with good things for us, delicious when prepared well, and really pretty to look at, especially when they have an orange yellow yolk […]

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Fast Fashion on My Mind-Part One

Fast fashion has been on my mind for a long time, and apparently on the minds of others. Just take a look at this piece in the New York Times. What is fast fashion? Simply put – cheap clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. The reasons to be concerned […]

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Lucy’s Boxes-Part One

I have a friend whose artistry I greatly admire. Her creations are inspiring, authentic and whimsical. I recently spent some time with Lucy, talking to her about her work. Here are some of her thoughtful responses to my questions: Does creativity run in your family? Creativity does run in my family, and on both sides. […]

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Living Without Plastic

I try to live a purposeful life. To me this means making my personal relationships a priority, maintaining good health, focusing on business goals, and doing my part to be environmentally diligent. The latter is important to me and relates to all elements of my purposeful living. One of my greatest concerns is the effect […]

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A Plant-Based Diet-One Meal at a Time

The case for eating plant-based foods is getting stronger. Eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds can help manage body weight, decrease the risk of diabetes, and lower blood pressure. According to the latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report (2015): “A healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low- or non-fat […]

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Celebrate and Remember

Today is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers in America. This day is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of […]

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Healthy Food

I’ve always wanted to know where the food I eat comes from. Not just where it is grown, but how and by whom. It’s important I know my food is healthy and has been grown by farmers who respect the earth. Unfortunately, plagued with a climate crisis and trade wars, our farmers are struggling now […]

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Reinvention

I have a young friend who told me a while back about how, when she started her first year at a prestigious university, she went into it committed to reinventing herself. Prior to college she had been very successful and was well respected, but she just wanted to be a slightly different person as she […]

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Community Giving

I’ve been thinking a lot about consumerism and what it is doing to our lives. The impact on our planet is perhaps the most daunting thought. What happened to people sharing what they had and not buying seldom used, single task items? I recently became aware of the Buy Nothing Project, a network of community-based […]

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