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Stuff to think about

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New Eyes, Lesson 1: Be Wowed by Little Things

"Let the little things amaze you. That's how you'll remember life is a miracle" Alexandra Wolf   My husband is German on both sides of the family. Farm born and bred, he's never met a potato he didn't like. We've been married close to 50 years. Wow! (Yes, I was twelve.) And, I'm absolutely certain I've peeled truckloads of spuds in the course of holy matrimony. In fact, I...

How to See Life With New Eyes

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”~Max Planck   I cross paths with lots of people on a daily basis. And, I love engaging in conversation with the folks I meet. I relish finding points of connection, common ground, similarities in thinking. The Gallups Strength Finder model calls this tendency WOO. Simply put, I'm energized by talking to strangers...

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See Life with New Eyes, Slow Down the Passage of Time

“I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.”~ Andy Bernard   My mom had delicious sense of humor and latched on to witty sayings she'd hear. As I grow older, I'm beginning to see this with new eyes. She adopted some of them and used them often enough we weren't sure which ones were original to her...

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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...

Yuletide. High Tide, Low Tide?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol   A funny thing happens to our Christmas seasons through the years. Some are bright and others less so,...

A Do It Yours Elf Project Long, Long Ago!

    I'm not sure where to start this time. You see, life amazes and inspires me. Every single day. It's overflowing with wonderful lessons to ponder. And, there's a gift I want very much for you to receive this Christmas. I'd like you to see your life with new eyes so you can be amazed, too.   This is a story about a gift we opened more than fifty...

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Stay Tuned! Join Me Later This Week For Another Trip Down Memory Lane.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”~Laura Ingalls Wilder   I've got a great story and I can't wait to share it with you. It brought a smile to my face and uncorked a flood of memories and emotions! However I veered off my simplicity/hygge mode this weekend.  We...

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Its About Time. Looking Back on Life, Moving On

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on" ~ Robert Frost   God must chuckle about us, I'm sure he does. Quite often in fact. And why not? We give him an endless supply of comic material. Besides that, He loves us the way we love our kids. He thinks we're all adorable.   Think about it. From the moment we're born, we're in a...

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Hygge Your Way to a Happier Holiday Season

“We need to learn to enjoy the moment and cherish the little things. It is all about you being happy, content and at peace with oneself.” ~ Sofie Pedersen   Sorry about Friday. I didn't post after all. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised or offended if you didn't even notice. No one really slows down for Thanksgiving anymore and I couldn't carve out the time, either....

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Discontent. Three Ways to Lock it Out.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu   I was nearly robbed today. It's Thanksgiving week no less and a thief tried to sneak in my back door. He nearly managed to pull it off but I recognized him right away. It was that old varmint Discontent and he almost got...