Half the Christmas I Used to Have

I come from a long line of Christmas excess enthusiasts. My maternal grandmother boasted over 200 snowmen on display each Christmas, a fact she reminded us of annually. “I have over 200 snowmen out!”¬†she’d chirp. Admittedly, they were pretty cute. But she didn’t stop there. Her home had Christmas festoonery in every corner. Elves peeked…

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Battling Back to School Madness: Get Refreshed

Parenting responsibilities kick into overdrive when back to school time begins. Shuttling kids to activities, packing lunches, attending school events, and adhering to stricter schedules can cause stress and press us for time. It’s hard to feel refreshed. My husband and I tend to collapse on the sofa on Friday evenings in September. We are…

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SUNRISE: No Clouds, No Glory

SUNRISE: No Clouds, No Glory

On Wednesday this week, heeding my predawn morning alarm was especially difficult. The past couple of weeks have been an exhausting whirlwind, containing too much running around and wildly inconsistent October weather. The shifting temperatures and wonky barometric pressure have rendered me a sniffly, wiped-out mess. However, it’s that time of year when I get…

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