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How to be Strong

I was feeling weak and vulnerable. Awake most of the night, I was anxious about house-buying decisions and transitions; then dragging around in a fog early the next morning, When I showed up to take care of Eliza, Mary and John read my expression. Sharing with them ...
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Ruts

rut1 rət noun plural noun: ruts 1. a long deep track made by the repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles. 2. a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change. I like ruts. Sameness, ritual, routine. I don't tire of the same ...
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Maturing

Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned, it’s harvest time. - Yiddish saying I've come to disdain all the talk about getting old I hear from people in  their forties, fifties and sixties. It's relative, right? We are truly getting older everyday. But must ...
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To-Do’s for My Last Day

Wrightsville Beach, NC "If today were your last, would you do what you're doing? Or would you love more, give more, forgive more? Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again." Max Lucado On my ...
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House Speak

I take frequent walks and the houses I pass always grab my attention. As part of my Tranquiliving business, I give staging consultations to folks selling their homes. I'm hyper-vigilant about every single exterior detail of a house—the curb appeal.  After all, the exterior is ...
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Thoughts on a Quiet House

The sink shouldn't be empty. There should be at least one stray cereal bowl filled with water...waiting to be washed. The desk in the entry way is naked—where are the keys with the antique bent silver spoon? The window by the kitchen table is still smudged by ...
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The Most Powerful Force

When our kids were young and Saturdays rolled around we had Family Night. We encouraged our children to invite friends; it was a fun way to introduce some of them to our Christian faith. On one occasion my husband, Tom, asked everyone, "What's the most powerful ...
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To Love a Child

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson It's  3:00-ish in the afternoon. A chilly sunny February day. I'm kneeling on our deck, working on a current project— applying dark stain to 2x4 plywood boards. Yesterday eighteen years ...
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A Fairy Tale Comes True

Scoot a little closer my friends and listen to one of my favorite love stories. Twelve years ago I had a phone call from a young woman named Barbara, inquiring about the small group we hosted in our home. The pastor of our church referred her ...
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Organizing—Enjoying the Process

"For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned".  Benjamin Franklin This week I devoted about four (very hot) hours to organizing our attic. As I had plenty of time to think, I recalled some of my clients and the things I've learned. One lady I helped ...
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