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SHOULDER SEASON

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They call it the shoulder season, those weeks that stretch into a month (and then some) that bookend the two big seasons in North Creek: ski and rafting. In April and May, waiting for summer to arrive, I find an excitement in knowing that the sun is going to set a little later each day and that soon the garden will bloom, bringing ... Read More »

JUST DESSERTS

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If you had ever told me that I would wake up at 8:30 in the morning with thoughts of trying a new recipe pushing me out of bed and into the kitchen, I would’ve laughed in your face. And probably gone back to bed. I don’t know if was some kind of subconscious backlash against the idea of a woman ... Read More »

RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.

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Carpe Diem.  (Not to be confused with the YOLO, as documented here in Urban Dictionary.)  Seize the day. Live in – and thoroughly enjoy – the present moment. We hear these prophetic sayings regularly, and most of us understand them logically. Are you on Pinterest?  There are more inspirational sayings there than you could ever imagine, each one making you shake ... Read More »

CAUGHT IN ITS GRIPPE

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The price you pay for being organized and caught up at work. The email popped up and jingled at me, Tuesday or Wednesday morning: “Look at your Inbox!” Oooh!  Employee Wellness Day!  Free flu shots!  Hmmm.  I actually had the time to run over and get my flu shot, even if there was a long line.  Two days of lesson ... Read More »

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

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When my Grandma Ruth passed away last May, one of the more interesting things I inherited was her collection of parchment paper, aluminum foil and plastic wrap. She bought in bulk, a coupon clipper and a savvy shopper, so they were either generic brands or marked with “sale” stickers. My grandmother was a good cook and a good baker – although ... Read More »

MINDFUL OF MY MINDSET

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My mantra of the summer:  let’s look at that through a “growth mindset”. I have to thank my sister for recommending Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck.  As a parent and a teacher, I wish I had come across this book 25 years ago!  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  This is definitely my WOW book ... Read More »

HOW DO YOU CHEERS?

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Last week I was spending some much needed quality time with a friend and as is de rigeur for quality time amongst friends, a beverage or two was included. As we lifted our cups of Upstate Brewing I.P.W. (India Pale Wheat, natch), I said “Sláinte,” to which my friend replied (with obvious confusion), “Did you just say ‘cilantro?’” Que laughter ... Read More »

FRESHLY CUT

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There is nothing more luxurious to me than freshly cut flowers in the house. In college, I would splurge once a month on a bouquet of something pretty from the Whole Foods in Santa Fe. It made me feel rich when I was anything but (priorities, I know).  Later, when I lived in a climate that was warm year round, ... Read More »

“I’M TRYING TO GET MY SEXY BACK!”

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No, not me. That was the response from my brother-in-law last month.  We are in a Fitbit family group, and this guy is seriously kicking our butts every day and every week!  I cheered him, and when I asked what he was doing, that was his response: “I’m trying to get my sexy back!” My son happened onto the conversation, ... Read More »

THE MEASURE OF A MAN

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At the end of the day, or at the end of our days, what matters most?  What are the sensations that most count in life, that most give pleasure?  Why do we forget, on a daily basis, that worries and stresses from the job and from people around us actually keep us from what matters most? As a very good ... Read More »

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