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Peas In A Pod (A Life Update)

July 5, 2012

We went camping recently. In fact, all kinds of things have been going on, here in real life. Martin went to Brazil and Argentina to visit family and old friends and give a speech at his old high school. I was flying solo with the kids for almost three weeks. Before that I spent 10 [...]

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A Night At The Ballet

May 20, 2010

Last Thursday, an editor at one of my favorite magazines sent me a sweet message totally out of the blue inviting me to submit a column for their upcoming issue. Nice. That evening, there was celebratory wine. Also nice. The next morning, I got up and the sun was shining and the kids were happy [...]

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Keeping a Journal

February 10, 2010

Yesterday I wrote about several steps to making a life change stick. Then in the shower this morning, I thought, “Oh! I need to write more about journaling vs. simple record-keeping.” And sure enough, the first comment on yesterday’s post was from the always thoughtful Rebecca Weger, saying, “The most important piece for me is [...]

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How to Change Your Life

February 8, 2010

I have a post up on Get Rich Slowly today about getting the ball rolling with financial management, where I talk about “cross-training” skills from one area of your life to another. Here, I want to just quickly lay out a recipe I use for making meaningful personal change in any area. You may recall, [...]

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This too shall pass

October 20, 2009

The king calls his wisest magician and orders him to create an emblem that will help the king to celebrate his greatest triumphs with humility and his grieve his sorrows with perspective an grace. The magician comes back with a ring, engraved with the words, “This too shall pass”. This has been my mantra for [...]

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Gratitude Project

August 2, 2009

Every year between Lammas (August 1) and the Fall Equinox (September 22), I celebrate the Gratitude Project with an ever-changing group of friends and family. It’s simple: I aim to post, or write in my private journal, something I’m grateful for every day. Want to play along? Comment here and let me know where you’ll [...]

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Happy 20th Friendiversary, Sarah

July 24, 2009
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Tonight my best friend and I celebrated 20 years of friendship with good food, amazing cake, tasty drinks and a crowd of friends. I met Sarah in the back of a moving van twenty years ago this week. “Who are you?” I said as I wandered into the back of the van. “Who are you?” [...]

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Sometimes you just have good days

June 9, 2009

Our whole weekend was bliss-full in the way I imagine every weekend to be, but few of them truly are. There was a surfeit of sunshine, birthday parties and love. Very few tantrums, none of them thrown by me. There were many long bike rides, and most of my waking hours were spent outdoors lolling [...]

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What I Did With My Summer Vacation

July 25, 2008

I’m back at my house, and my computer, after ten days in Maine training to be a Waldorf preschool teacher. The past two weeks have been among the most dense in memory. Since I last posted, in no particular order: 1. I have learned many wonderful and exciting things about caring for and teaching young [...]

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to dog or not to dog?

May 1, 2008

and I have been idly entertaining the notion of getting a dog once we’re settled into our new place. We both grew up with dogs, and have a shared sense that dogs and kids go together. Our kids seem to confirm this. Rio in particular adores dogs. However, as those of you know me at [...]

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