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Finding Inspiration

It’s Monday, March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day. A gentle snow is falling and has been all night long. I awoke this morning with a sense of calm instead of my usual-of-late “Oh my GOD! It’s snowing AGAIN!” I’m not sure why. I guess on some level I know that Mother Nature is sending me this […]

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The REAL “Shop Around the Corner”

“She was not just selling books. She was helping people become whoever they were going to turn out to be. When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity.” You’ve Got Mail One of my all-time favorite movies is “You’ve Got Mail.” Not because I LOVE Meg Ryan (although […]

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The Sound of Silence: Learning the Art of Meditation

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.  We need silence to be able to touch souls.”   Mother Teresa […]

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Grace, Gratitude and the Gift:Finding the Extraordinary in my Ordinary Day

“One must know not just how to accept a gift but with what grace to share it.” Maya Angelou My New Year’s ritual is always the same….. to enjoy the contents of my Memory Box . It allows me to savor the modest but most beautiful and extraordinary moments in my ordinary life from the year just ended. […]

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Living in the Season

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your own diet, drink, and botanical medicines.”   Henry David Thoreau   I’ve never been a big fan of Winter. Well…. I like parts of Winter. I love […]

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The Day After Thanksgiving – In it to Minute!

Yesterday was the Superbowl of Gluttony for me. To be quite blunt about it, if consumption of food were equated to sex, I was a  ‘ho. “The morning after” is always filled with remorse for me. On some level I must have known I was going to be a food floozy so last week I […]

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Must Love Shoes: Thanksgiving Gifts

“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred….the days to be as centuries, loaded fragrant.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson The menu was the same. It’s always the same. The apples fragrantly baked in its antique-brown stoneware dish exactly as it has for the past 39 years I have spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws. The framed pictures that tell our extended family’s story […]

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Must Love Shoes: All we Need is Grace

I needed to run a few errands this morning on my way out of town. Errands!  On the day before Thanksgiving! On a hectic, busy, people-are-already-stressed-to-the-max- day-before- Thanksgiving! On the busiest travel day of the year! I must admit, I had a bit of an edge about me as I walked into Home Depot. “This is […]

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Dancing the Tide: A Mother’s Advice for Letting Go

My husband and I just returned from a week at the beach. Since we are empty nesters we love the week leading up to Labor Day because school is in session and we practically have the beach all to ourselves. Our vacation time is a bit slower and more relaxed than it was when we […]

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Soles of Love in the Garden: It’s a Wrap!

“More grows in the garden than the gardener sows.”…Old Spanish Proverb Sometimes the words just don’t flow. When I was a new speaker and writer, this frustrated me. But now, I understand it and find myself more accepting of the pause. Sometimes there are no words because the heart wants the savor the moment and […]