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Stumbling Along the Path to Self-Improvement: February Update

As I described in this post, my inbox burst with offers in January. Did I wish to write a bestseller, change anything, pen five hundred words a day, simplify my life, Marie Kondo fold all my clothes, get organized in thirty-one days, and learn to be a super plotter. Yes, please! Unfortunately, I also wanted …

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My Guilty Pleasure…Television Version

Are you a secret foodie, reality show follower, or contest junkie? Do you settle in front of your television (or favorite streaming device) with the remote control (or headphones), your favorite beverage, a tasty snack, and a sense of indulgence? What’s your guilty viewing secret? I love television programs where an expert arrives on the …

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365 Pristine Squares

I receive a new wall calendar each Christmas. It’s practical, yet pretty; sensible, yet satisfying. A year’s worth of blank boxes precisely organized into the weeks and months of the upcoming year. I feel a surge of mystical anticipation when I flip through the pages and contemplate what may unfold over the next 365 days. …

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The Ticking Clock of Christmas Carnage

Those cute snow people in the picture above appear to be innocent, festive additions to my holiday decor. However, they represent the most frightening object in my house. Halloween decorations? The mark of an amateur. Skeletons, bats, or spiders can’t hold a candle to the unrelenting horror unleashed when this decoration emerges from its box. …

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Even if your family serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there is at least one dish that makes your holiday celebration unique. You don’t have to take my word for it, just remember that first Thanksgiving away from home. What was missing? Unless that dish is served, it’s not Thanksgiving. For me that special food …

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