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Love Conquers All: An Un-Valentine’s Day Message

I don’t really care about Valentine’s Day. I did when I was young and in the early stages of a romantic relationship with my husband of 35 years. But as I’ve aged, I’ve come to see Valentine’s Day as yet another example of commercialism and consumerism. And guilt. Love is not something that is expressed dramatically, […]

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Why Frederick Magazine Should Host the Academy Awards

I learned today that my blog won third place in Frederick Magazine’s Best of Frederick Awards. This excites me tremendously because I don’t really think of myself as a blogger. I relate more to speaker, author, consultant, gardener, Mom, time waster, expert napper. But not blogger. So the fact that I got third place makes me […]

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My Only Resolution for 2015.

I could make a loooonnnnng list of resolutions because I certainly have lots of room for improvement. But this year, I am only making ONE resolution that I know I can keep! So, here it goes!         Use more gift bags!   This picture may not look like much but last night I collected […]

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What I Did Right in 2014.

I am only hours away from my annual sojourn through my Memory Box, my hidden stash of memorabilia which accumulates during the year. The sole purpose of my Memory Box is to help me capture the highlights of my year so I don’t spend the evening wishing– –that I were more organized. –or patient. –or thinner. […]

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The Only Reason You’ll Ever Need!

Every woman I know puts everyone’s needs before her own. It’s in our DNA. We just can’t help it. Every woman I know has a “wish list,” a “bucket list,” things they dream of doing….. Someday…. When the kids are grown. When they have more money. Or time. Or energy. I used to be that way. But […]

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New Faces, New Friends: Parade of the Snow People

Every year during the Christmas season a parade of Snow People take up temporary residence along Main Street of our little town.  This year, a sweet vintage girl graces my driveway and I have affectionately named here Vivienne. In my vivid imagination, she assumes a personality and enjoys many exciting adventures while I’m away from home. Much like the […]

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The End of an Era

We said goodbye to an old friend today. Not in the way you might imagine, but it was difficult nonetheless.   This English Walnut has stood beside our 160-year-old home for most of her life. Like any dear friend, she shared generously…. Provided us with beautiful moments throughout every season in the year….. And provided unwavering shelter from the harsh elements.       She […]

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Why I’m Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army

Years ago as part of my Leadership Washington County Health & Human Services Day, my class ate lunch at the Salvation Army. We were encouraged not to eat with our fellow classmates, rather, to reach out and sit with a client to share our meal. It was there I learned the true meaning of fellowship. […]

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Angels Among Us

“They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places. To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need. I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach […]

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Giving Tuesday: The Face of Parkinson’s

Today is #givingTuesday. The entire day, I have received countless emails and requests from nonprofits requesting that I go online and support their cause. Every nonprofit is important. They all improve the quality of life. They all are worthy of my gift. But today, my wallet and online giving goes to the Michael J. Fox […]