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Since learning my new craft - wool appliqué aka penny rugs - my creative output has been voluminous. I've been sewing, designing, and posting multiple blog entries. Everything was blossoming, even in the midst of the pandemic. I'd found a source of joy and energy, and...read more
I'm almost finished reading Alan Zweibel's entertaining, honest and revealing memoir Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier*. I love to laugh out loud, especially when engrossed in a book, and he accomplished that for this reader. From his days before...read more
One of my secret weapons in my ongoing sanity, survival, and success--particularly these last four months-- has been the connection with an action partner (aka - goal buddy). I've had many over the years, each one fulfilling a critical need during our time together....read more
During a recent Transformative Coaching Circle I led, Natalie Hoerner briefed the group on her mission to spread the word about gratitude. Her daily practice of appreciativeness has been so life-altering, her goal is to make this habit universal. She came up with the...read more
As I'm stitching circles onto my recently commissioned art piece, my mind goes off in myriad directions, mostly unpleasant. I begin second-guessing each color decision I've made. Is the arrangement of light and dark attractive? Does the orange make it pop or create a...read more
Several friends have written to me, mostly in alarm, that a new book is about to be released with a title dangerously close to my memoir's. If you don't know what I'm talking about, lucky you! In this post I will not name the other book, nor its author's--Mary's--last...read more
I received a generous birthday gift card from my brother and sister-in-law to Michaels, the craft store. They're now open again, so I took a field trip this afternoon to explore and shop. I wanted to stock up on threads, beads, baubles (sequins, buttons, etc.) and...read more
The most important role I can play in life these days is listener and learner. I've downloaded lists of publications, podcasts, videos and Facebook live talks relating to Black Lives Matter to help me become a better ally. I'm fortunate to have time between clients...read more
Have you ever hired a professional organizer? I started working with specialists in this new-ish industry over 20 years ago and found it life-altering. These women--there are some male organizers, but I've worked only with women to date--have a way of knowing how to...read more
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