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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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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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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Home

When I was young, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls. I basically had her Little House series books memorized by age ten. No matter where she and her family lived, what they lived in, or what they had, their home was comforting and comfortable. Ma would prepare simple meals and Pa would play the fiddle. […]

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