Menopause Matters: Or Why You Might Need A Different Doctor

Health and Fitness
menopause
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From the time a girl turns thirteen, and in many cases long before, she is supplied with mountains of information regarding her reproductive health.

In school, she is told about menses, sexuality, and child-bearing, both how to achieve it and how to avoid it. During doctor visits, she is quizzed in greater detail about her personal experiences with all of these subjects. If she has questions or problems, she is supplied with pamphlets and practical advice to address them.

However, when it comes to dealing with life in her post-reproductive years, women often have to go it alone. continue reading

The Best Homemade Pesto Recipe and What To Do With It

Food for Grownups
best homemade pesto recipe
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This blog isn’t about convincing you that you need to try pesto. It’s phenomenal and that’s all I’ll say about that. But buying it can really be so expensive! Probably because it’s the food of gods. That’s why I make my own! And you can too.

Let’s get down to it.  continue reading

Fierce Road Trip: One Perfect Day At The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Adventure and Travel

If you’re a quilter or fiber artist, chances are you’ve heard of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. And if you haven’t, you really should!

With more than 1,300 quilts on display, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) is internationally recognized as the largest outdoor quilt show and sale in the world. It’s also one of the oldest. (2018 marked the SOQS’s 43rd birthday.)

Every year during the quilt show, the streets of Sisters, Oregon, population 2,50o, quadruples with more than 10,000 visitors. People come to the SOQS from all 50 states and 27 foreign countries.  continue reading

Mid-Course Corrections, To Do Lists, & Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Grow in Wisdom, Plan for Tomorrow
mid course correction life goals
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There’s almost nothing not to love about July – warm weather, picnics, concerts in the park, eating amazing peaches and the first of the locally grown corn.  And since I generally finish writing my book in July, I actually have a chance to enjoy all these delights.  Basically, it’s a perfect month.

The only possible downside to July is the disconcerting realization that the year is half over.

Six months gone? Whoa! How did that happen?

Realizing that the year is half over can be alarming, but July is the perfect month to reexamine your goals, reassess your priorities, and make some mid-course corrections. continue reading

Make the Most of Your Mid-Life Crisis

Grow in Wisdom
make the most of your mid-life crisis

Last week, I was talking to a friend about my upcoming attempt to complete my first triathlon. Not for the first time, I said, “It’s such a crazy thing to do. So totally not like me. I still don’t understand what made me want to try this.”

And my friend, who is smart and insightful said, “Sure you do. It’s your mid-life crisis.” continue reading

The Most Delicious Blueberry Pie Recipe

Food for Grownups
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About once a year, usually on the 4thof July, I make blueberry pie.

At the risk of blowing my own horn, it’s good. Really, really good. Like biblically good.

So, what makes a biblically good blueberry pie? continue reading

Twelve Words That Will Change Your Life: Part 2

Grow in Wisdom
I forgive you

As I said in my last post, forgiveness looms large in our lives.

The ability to seek it, request it, receive it, and bestow it, or not, is the difference between living at peace with ourselves and with others.

Or not.

I’m certainly not claiming to have my act completely pulled together in this or any aspect of my life. But in the course of my treading upon the face of the earth for five decades and counting, I have discovered four sentences, adding up to just twelve words total, that have changed my life. Speaking these words as necessary, with sincerity and intention, have brought greater and more lasting peace in my life and relationships.  They can do the same for you. continue reading

Twelve Words That Will Change Your Life: Part 1

Grow in Wisdom
say sorry

Forgiveness.

Seeking it, finding it, and bestowing it can be among the most difficult acts we perform in life. Also among the most important.

If there is one thing I have learned my five decades and counting, it is that for the giver as well as the receiver, forgiveness matters. Forgiveness is huge. It can change your life.

It’s also really, really hard.  At least for me. continue reading

FABRIC-COVERED DIY JOURNAL – JUNKY, FUNKY, AND FUN TO MAKE

Creativity and Crafts
DIY journal, prayer journal
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In my recent post on junk journals (if you have zero idea what a junk journal is, you should probably read that post first) I said that after my dear reader and new best friend, Jolyne, made me a completely cute, one of a kind junk journal, I knew I had to make one for myself!

These little journals make delightful and inexpensive gifts for friends, family, and co-workers, and are incredibly fun and easy to make.

Read on to see how I made my very first junk journal.

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Proper Picnic Planning Guide: Picnic Recipes, Al Fresco Etiquette and the Best Gear

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
proper picnic guide, picnic recipes, picnic gear
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What do you get when you combine delicious food, the great outdoors, time with friends, and  a pretty quilt, all wrapped up into one adorable and portable party? It’s a picnic. And it’s my favorite.

Here’s how to throw the perfect picnic with the best food. continue reading