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Finding the Extraordinary in my Ordinary Day: Starting Over

The Main Street renovation project continues and today saw the first of many trees being removed to allow space for new, safer sidewalks. The Maple in our front yard was one of the first on the chopping block. Throughout the day I watch the process with mixed emotions. It was like saying goodbye to an ...

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Finding the Extraordinary in my Ordinary Life: Scented Pleasures

Today seemed like a good day to reconnect with my mission of finding the extraordinary in my ordinary life. Making the commitment to share these moments through my blog provides me with the gentle nudging I need to make it happen. Nothing like being accountable in a very public forum to make you good on ...

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Re-fueled and Re-fired! Tips for Filling Your Emotional Tank.

I’m a big advocate of self-care. I preach it, train it, coach it, and wholeheartedly believe in it. But I don’t always follow it. I’m human! Recently, an accumulation of events found me running on empty.I was getting tired, cranky, and Friday, I was even called out for not smiling. Apparently I normally smile a ...

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Finding Inspiration

It’s Monday, March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day. A gentle snow is falling and has been all night long. I awoke this morning with a sense of calm instead of my usual-of-late “Oh my GOD! It’s snowing AGAIN!” I’m not sure why. I guess on some level I know that Mother Nature is sending me this ...

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The REAL “Shop Around the Corner”

“She was not just selling books. She was helping people become whoever they were going to turn out to be. When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity.” You’ve Got Mail One of my all-time favorite movies is “You’ve Got Mail.” Not because I LOVE Meg Ryan (although ...

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The Sound of Silence: Learning the Art of Meditation

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.  We need silence to be able to touch souls.”   Mother Teresa ...

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Grace, Gratitude and the Gift:Finding the Extraordinary in my Ordinary Day

“One must know not just how to accept a gift but with what grace to share it.” Maya Angelou My New Year’s ritual is always the same….. to enjoy the contents of my Memory Box . It allows me to savor the modest but most beautiful and extraordinary moments in my ordinary life from the year just ended. ...

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Living in the Season

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your own diet, drink, and botanical medicines.”   Henry David Thoreau   I’ve never been a big fan of Winter. Well…. I like parts of Winter. I love ...

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The Day After Thanksgiving – In it to Minute!

Yesterday was the Superbowl of Gluttony for me. To be quite blunt about it, if consumption of food were equated to sex, I was a  ’ho. “The morning after” is always filled with remorse for me. On some level I must have known I was going to be a food floozy so last week I ...

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Must Love Shoes: Thanksgiving Gifts

“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred….the days to be as centuries, loaded fragrant.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson The menu was the same. It’s always the same. The apples fragrantly baked in its antique-brown stoneware dish exactly as it has for the past 39 years I have spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws. The framed pictures that tell our extended family’s story ...