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See You Tomorrow! I’ve Been Sistering!

"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden."~ Author Unknown   Ridiculous isn't it, to think that four days once a year or so is enough to catch up with your sister? The time simply flies by. We never got to the bottom of the list of all we wanted to do while she was here. How silly we were to think we could squeeze more work into...

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Spring Break

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ~Anne Lamott.   For the next little bit I'm going to take a break and slow down the pace. I need to concentrate on wrapping up some big projects. So for awhile, I've decided to post once a week instead of twice until I feel I've got things in hand. I'll see you on Thursday! Looking for a program...

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Impatient for Spring? Try Wait Lifting!

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.” ~Barbara Haines Howett   Late February drags under the best circumstances, even though it's the shortest month. This time of year is hard. And, I stink at waiting. Waiting in line, waiting at stop lights, waiting for spring. Not my bailiwick. I'm especially bad at waiting for answers, waiting for progress. I admit it, I'm...

Four Reasons to Tame Your Complaining. New Eyes Lesson 2

“Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.”~ Randy Pausch   One beautiful evening when we were out for a nice long hike, a man pulled up beside us on the country road. He rolled down the window of his truck and asked...

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A Narrow Escape From the Tyranny of the Urgent

“Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.” ~ Charles E. Hummel   Things were getting a little crazy in my life the last couple of weeks. I hate it when I don't listen to the advice that rolls off my own tongue. Hate. It. And I absolutely cringe when I realize I'm sporting a big old busy badge, you know, the one I warn...

New Eyes See Right Through Old Obstacles

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”~ John Lubbock   It's really easy to get discouraged. Life can feel like a losing game of chutes and ladders. All downhill slides and no rungs headed back up. Other times, our world can seem like one big round of whack-a-mole and it sure appears that the moles are winning. We've all had a turn like that. Just...

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Operation Sister Connect

"Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."~ Margaret Mead   Just a quick update to let you know my usual Monday post will be delayed until Tuesday morning. I just returned from a three day trip of nearly 800 miles.   My mother-in-law and her sisters had not seen each other in five years. Two of...

I Need Your Help. Got a Minute For a Few Questions?

(Read in a minute and a half)“If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” ~ W. Edwards Deming   I always say there's no such thing as a dumb question. If someone asks me, "Can I ask you a dumb question?" I always answer, "sure, they're my specialty." So, I have a few questions for you. And, your answers will help me make...