Category: Life

Killing Her Softly: Image of a dog in a cone
Family

Killing Her Softly (On losing a pet)

For Karen…and Toby Note: If you can’t stand sad animal stories or if you’re at work, “x” out of here quick like a bunny. If on the other hand, you feel in need of a soul-soaking tear flood, read on. I’m running this post-from-the-past at the request of a dear friend. She recently lost her

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Skincare Secrets: Image of fingers on a cotton pad on a face.
Life

Saving Face—My Skincare Secrets (Morning Edition)

In my latest reader survey (You can take the survey here!), and in person, a few ladies have recently asked for skincare suggestions. Just like last month’s final Friday post, this post will be a List Post with lots of helpful hints for you to try. For starters, please know, you are awesome. You are

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The Lost Art of Homemaking: Image of a crocus in foreground, a house in the background.
Life

The Lost Art of Homemaking (A Spring-Cleaning Primer)

by Kathleen Guire I love cleaning. I know. Not everyone does. I love order, organizing, and making things beautiful. Homemaking is an art that many in our culture have discarded. Perhaps we back down from beautifying our space because we don’t think it’s “beautiful enough.” The barrage of HGTV picture-perfect homes and Instagram design accounts

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Time management 101: image of antique pocket watch
Life

Time Management 101: Because Time Is (Not) on Your Side

According to my recent reader survey (You can take the survey here.), a lot of people are struggling with time management. As I began looking for time management best practices, I came across this great quote by  Susan Ward: “The focus of time management is actually changing your behaviors, not changing time.”  She’s right, you

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Life Planning 101: Image of a woman riding a scooter. Headline is the Mary Oliver quote: "Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Life

Life Planning 101: How to Make Your Life Great Again

I have a theory on life.  Actually, it’s more like a set of rules. I call them my “Joy Rules.”  Practice Gratitude Examine Your Life Pursue Your Purpose In my opinion (and experience), if you apply these three principles, life improves. Since it’s the first month of a brand new year, let’s leapfrog over Joy

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You Are My Gift: Image of two kittens sitting in a sun spot.
Life

You Are My Gift (And for that, I thank you.)

From time to time I receive an unexpected gift, a present I didn’t even know I wanted. And my life is better for it. Four years ago, on a hazy summer afternoon, Tony Bear and Junior-Man came home from cutting grass at our warehouse. In his hands, my son cupped a black and white ball

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A trio of Santa Claus Tales: Image of Santa's hands with presents.
Family

Busted (A trio of Santa Claus tales)

We weren’t even in the humongous box store five minutes when I felt a tug on my sleeve. I smiled down at my five-year old son. “Mom? The clues for the Easter basket scavenger hunt are from a computer. I don’t think the Easter Bunny has a computer. Are you the Easter Bunny? You and

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