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4 ways to “Douse an Angry Exchange”

Remember it’s hard to maintain an argument with someone who isn’t adding brush to the fire. 1. Thoughtfully. Stop angry words before regret. Learn to nip verbal cycles that lead to arguments. Some spats have lasted far too long and others don’t need to happen. Practice a pause (one deep breath or two) before you…

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Changing Seasons: Risk and Trust

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ John Howard Bryant Do you have the same level of angst I do when I’m down to the last few pages of a book that has cast a spell over my heart? The characters have become friends, close ones, and I don’t want them to leave. I love their town,…

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Changing Seasons: Seeds of Promise

I’ve been working on a family tree. It’s been fascinating, shocking, funny, and by all means revealing. For instance, I am a distant relative of Pocahontas. Isn’t that delightful!  Also my great, great, great grandmother was Mary Todd’s teacher for 4 years. She helped Mary perfect her French and taught her the dances of royalty.…

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Little Things… A Guest Post from Andy Andrews

How a “Little Thing” Like Gratitude Can Transform Your Life Andy Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Things: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff, now available in bookstores everywhere! Click here to get your copy now. Take a look at the painting to the right. I’m going to…

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Thanksgiving Greetings!

I adore Fall!   I love swaddling in sweaters and scarves and pulling on knee-high boots that smell leathery and feel friendly. I applaud a roaring fireplace with its spit and crackle companioned with steamy cups of dark cocoa. I appreciate the art of wet leaves splayed on windshields and sidewalks. I delight in cozy…

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My Mom…

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My Mom… ◊ was a great cook. Her fried chicken was the best in the world. Yes, world. And her banana pudding…there aren’t words. Baking powder biscuits, pork chops, salmon patties, and the list goes on. ◊ was an inventive decorator…she knew pretty. And there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t tackle. She could sew, paint, knock…

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Take note

It wasn’t that I was in search of the past…it just slipped up on me. I’m not sure if it was the birdsong filling my walk, or the breeze cooling my steps, but I think what triggered my revelry was the floating fragrance of tree blossoms. Suddenly I was a child with shiny shoes, ruffled…

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What 2016??

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Wow! I just got into the rhythm of writing 2015. It feels like someone has their foot on the accelerator of my calendar. 2015 was a rip roaring year of conferences but also a year of severe health issues for my husband…which kept my heart on nervous tiptoes and me darting between airports, home, hospital,…

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