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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

THE JUNK JOURNAL – ART WITH HEART

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You know what one of my favorite parts about being a writer is?  Going out on book tour.

Why, you ask?

Is it the chance to meet readers face to face?  The opportunity to visit new places? Or the ability to collect ideas, stories, and inspiration for my next book?

Sure. Yes. Absolutely. All of the above.  But you know what’s the really great part of being a writer on a book tour?

The presents. continue reading

Pretty Summer Sandals For Every Occasion

Beauty and Fashion
pretty summer sandals
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Let’s talk pretty summer sandals. It’s that time of year when my toes, having spent the past few months cozied up and hidden from view in socks, start to get the urge to feel the open air, when temperatures hit about 75 degrees. It’s also the time of year where I make sure my toes are painted. I’m all for going natural or low maintenance but that doesn’t include my feelings about shiny, bright, colorful toenails.

Part of being over fifty is embracing the things in life that bring you joy. Shoes bring me joy, and there’s something about a festive sandal that just really does the trick. I also use shoes and accessories to give my outfits a little flair. You know, to remind everyone around me of the aspiring fashionista and trend-setter I am. continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Family Reunion Planning

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family reunion planning

One of my relatives loves to assert at every family get together that “You can’t choose your relatives.” She smirks and we laugh because we are so lucky to have such a fun bunch, despite the quirks, dysfunctions, and fiery Irish personalities. But her statement rings true for everyone: you really can’t choose your relatives. Whether you like it or not, you’re a lifetime member of the club. You are bound by shared DNA, shared memories, shared secrets, and shared histories. Essentially, you’re stuck together. And that’s not such a bad thing, is it? continue reading