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A Simple Gratitude Ritual

Do you remember the ’90s TV show “Touched by an Angel”? Yesterday I was paging through Ladies’ Home Journal and read this quote from the show’s star, Irish actress Roma Downey:
“When my first foot hits the floor I say ‘thank’ and when my second foot hits I say ‘you.’ Then I say ‘thank you’ all […]

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3 Rules of Attraction

Boy, does this advice ever hit home. I remember years ago when the kids were very small, I was trying to get out the door for a meeting with someone who wanted a newsletter. It was complete chaos but I managed to leave the house (pretty much) on time. But my stress meter was elevated […]

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Wise Words from “Beyond the Grave”

“Nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown—you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit.”
Or tiramisu. That works, too. Check out the entire funny, lovely letter from British writer Caitlin Moran to her 13-year-old daughter.

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Explaining Good and Evil / The Battle Inside Us

I admit that sometimes I wish Tim were more of an all-singing, all-dancing kind of Dad. “Okay, gang! Let’s train for a 5K!” or “Let’s form a family band—get out your instruments!” or “It’s Game Night!”
But the truth is that such enthusiasm from him would probably wear me out. And, anyway, his strengths come from […]

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Les Miserables…Finally!

After what happened at Toy Story 3, I wasn’t about to watch Les Miserables in a theater with people. I kept putting off renting the movie because who goes around looking for reasons to cry? But Lexie finally said enough and tossed the DVD into our cart at the grocery store. Fine, I said, but […]

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Grandma Charlotte’s Best-Ever Irish Soda Bread

Oh, this bread. I made a loaf this morning and when it came out of the oven I stood at the stove with my Butter Bell in hand, cutting off warm slices and slathering them with butter. Grandma Charlotte was mostly Dutch, but she had a bit of Irish in her and married an Irishman, […]

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Short Fiction: Claire (A Valentine Story)

Claire woke and lay still for a moment, warm under the heavy comforter. The house was quiet, but she could hear the ticking of the grandfather clock down the hall and the gentle roar of the furnace starting up in the basement. She smelled coffee and thought for a moment that Nick had woken up […]

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Chinese New Year / Fortune Cookies

Happy New Year! And welcome to the Year of the Snake. Did you shudder a little when you read that? Snakes don’t have the best reputation, but they do help keep the rodent population under control. I think they’re cool. From a distance.
If you were born under this sign, the Chinese calendar folks consider you to be […]

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Short Fiction

Ashley
The couple had seated themselves at their usual table in the corner of the patio. It was a popular spot thanks to a natural canopy of low-hanging branches, but Madeline and Ted always arrived early to beat the Saturday morning brunch crowd. Ashley brought them water and coffee, black for him and cream and sugar […]

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Short Fiction

4. Sarah
The adults cleared away the dishes and sent the kids to the basement to watch a movie. Sarah put the leftovers in the fridge, retrieved her glass of wine from the counter, and joined the others at the table.
She and Brad knew three of the couples well. Or as well as you could know […]

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