Step into the Kitchen

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl Maybe we can meet for lunch. Would you like to get together for coffee? Do you have plans for dinner? So many things in my life revolve around a meal, a beverage, a table with other people. Is […]

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It’s About the Story

“The soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it, then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these — that where a man can live, there – if he will – he can also live well.” ~Marcus Aurelius Using the pit of the avocado, yarn or fabric can be dyed various shades of peachy […]

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Power Up!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou I gave it away again. I didn’t want or even mean to give it away. It just happened. Just a kid the first time I gave it away, […]

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Hashtag My Favorite Meds

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ~Seneca Palm open in the photo, the person showed several different pills, many different colors. It was the words beneath the photo that caught my attention. The individual wrote how much she didn’t want to take those pills, but how taking the pills allowed her to […]

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Love Nature More

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. ~Lord Byron Cracking the window, the smell washed over me. It wasn’t an offensive scent, as a […]

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Slow Down

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates If I weren’t a bird watcher, I might have easily been convinced that someone was hammering on our house. It turned out, however, there was hammering, but it was on the neighbor’s house. There was no treat awaiting the Red-Bellied Woodpecker who hammered away on the edge […]

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Step One

“The first step is always the hardest” ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever There is just nothing quite like a new journal. If you’ve never been a journaler, maybe it’s easier for you to appreciate the feeling of a new package of notebook paper — opening the plastic, straightening the pieces of paper, and clasping them […]

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The Vampires in My Life

“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them…Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you.” ~Remus Lupin (J.K. Rowling) […]

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Change Your Playground to Change Your Life

“My friends are all proud of me, but they’re all addicts and I can’t be around them or I’ll start using.” ~Matt Langley The sentence played over and over in my mind. Matt Langley is a young man in high school. He had gotten hooked on Xanax. For six months, he used a pill to […]

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To Put Aside those Thoughts

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   The lights go off and the thoughts come on. Where moments earlier the body was tired and the eyes were heavy, there is suddenly new life and sometimes anxiety in the form of unwelcome thoughts.  What is it that keeps […]

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Thoughts to Encourage

Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.~ William Butler Yeats

Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right. - Henry Ford

The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~ Theodore N. Vail

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing helps like a good nap…

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