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Why We Should Keep Throwing Showers

My daughter Katherine was about three years old when I walked upstairs and saw a long row of shoes–our family's shoes–up and down the hallway, near the bathroom door. There she was, bright eyed with that perpetual smile. "Joy" was the nickname I'd given her ...
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Our BFFs

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." Henry Ford I'm not really sure how we ended up with such great friends. Six of our friends; three couples, come to mind. We've known them for so long that we can sometimes ...
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Strength Training

Clearly no one desires difficulties in life, but I've heard lots of folks say that they've benefitted from the challenging experiences they've lived through. I know I have. I can look back and see how my character was honed through the trials  in my life. Peter ...
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Dreams for My Granddaughter

We just celebrated Eliza Jo's first birthday with a "pool party" in our back yard. All the cool kids were there. The grandparent hype is true! Full heart; big feelings. Grandchildren really are our crown, as Proverbs 17:6 states. This morning she stretched her arms out for me ...
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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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