Book Review: 30 Days to A More Beautiful You

This is a booklet written for teenage girls by a former model who gave up a lucrative career because it was irreconcilable with her growing faith.  I appreciate her story, but have mixed feelings about this particular book. The premise is lovely: inner beauty counts more than what you see on the outside, God loves […]

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Bergie gets trained! (And I did, too)

We had Bergie’s first training session last night!  It was great, and she was most delighted by the sudden proliferation of liver treats in our living room. The trainer, Nayiri, gave us language lessons to help us communicate with our sweet pup, tips for new behaviors to replace things that we don’t like, and detailed […]

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Fear/Failure

I’m finding spiritual and professional guidance in unexpected places these days. On Saturday, I was reading the latest issue of Fast Company magazine (one of my favorites, despite my status as  rather un-tech-savvy — great writing about what makes people tick bridges a whole lot of gaps for me). It includes a feature on Ed […]

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Can You Be Happy On Purpose?

A friend of mine from high school (and middle/elementary school…which were the same school…small town) shared on Facebook today about how someone gave him grief about his negative posts, so he was going to be totally, emphatically HAPPY in his posts from that point on. What followed was a river of snarky joy, including an […]

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Book Review: Where The Wind Leads

Loved it. Where the Wind Leads is the story of a family forced out of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The first part of the book chronicles the life they abandoned when they fled and their harrowing journey as unwanted “boat people” in desperate search of a place to land. Then the […]

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To Awful to Watch

I wasn’t going to post (or think) about Good Friday this year, but then two things happened. First, we hired men with ladders and wire to trap and remove the squirrel that has been eating through our house. It was awful. I had to put a towel up over the window because I couldn’t watch. […]

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Books!

This is SUCH a good book year, you guys. I have been quite the happy camper, turning pages and getting immersed in one great story/collection/new idea after another. Here’s a roundup of blurbs so you can find one (or seven) to add to your TBR pile. Because summer reading season IS coming, right? Right! Even […]

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