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4 Ways Crafting Fuels Our Brain, Boosts Our Mood

It's February, the epicenter of the "holiday drought"  between New Years Day and Easter (Valentine's Day doesn't count). Not much is happening in this season of gray skies, dirty snowbanks and muddy trails. For those of us in the northern Midwest, summer is but wishful whimsy and for many, running off to sunnier climates isn't an option....

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Life: Family Heritage in a Teacup

I usually drink my black tea in a mug, and always Brit-style with cream and sugar. Today, as I reached for my favorite mug, I changed course and uncovered my clay Brown Betty teapot to brew a full pot of tea. I slid open the china cabinet handed down to me by my stepmom and selected a cup and saucer, cream pitcher and sugar bowl from her Wild...

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The Greatest Accomplishment in Life

“The greatest accomplishment in life is to be what we are, which is God’s idea of what He wanted us to be when He brought us into being.” Thomas Keating, American Catholic monk   I sat in a room full of strangers last Thursday, eight of us around a table, each taking a minute to speak our names and tell a little about ourselves. They know...

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A New Direction :: Give Yourself the Grace to Begin Again

Near the end of 2019, I did what many of us do. I made an assessment of the past year and considered some goals for 2020. Notice that I said goals, not resolutions. I've set resolutions in the past and I've learned that giving myself the ultimatum contained in an actual resolution works AGAINST me more than it works FOR me. Goals are more...

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Fall Is For Roots, Spring Is For Shoots

We did a bit of landscaping this spring, with the help of a professional, and I'm loving the result. Coral bells have been blooming and miniature hydrangea bushes are just finishing their show. And the sedum is spreading like wildfire. "Fall is for roots, spring is for shoots." With the advent of Autumn and the cooler months of October and...

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Take 5: Pause To Start and To Finish

There's plenty to read on the Internet about the benefits of "brain dumps." We're urged to take time before beginning a new task or at the start of a new day to write down (or dump) all the things crowding our brains. Tasks, ideas, concerns, lists. Put them all down on paper as a means of getting them out of the way to make room for the more...

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Take It Or Leave It

One of the benefits of living six decades on this earth is that gaining the approval of others matters less and less. As someone who spent too many years worrying about what people think, I'm finding great freedom in a new attitude -- "take it or leave it." We can let the expectations, preferences and opinions of others guide our lives or we...

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