7 productivity habits with huge payoffs

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It's a new year and with that comes a plethora of productivity hacks to make 2020 the best year ever! I just skimmed dozens of these productivity lists that offered anywhere from 3 to 50 (fifty!) tips. A few of the suggestions were new to me (keep a green plant on your desk?) while most…

Creating Back to School Zones

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I love the first day of school. The backpacks are full and the house is empty. What will I do with my summertime changes - coffee, shopping, nine holes? Three o'clock will round around soon enough, and my little scholars will return. Will you be ready for yours? If the after school bell rings havoc…

15 Signs You Might Be a Christmas Fanatic

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December is here and, finally, we are fully free to let our Christmas fanatic freak flag fly! We survived October and all the Facebook posts bemoaning the early stocking of store shelves. We soared through November and the cries of: “It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!” And now it’s December, the most wonderful time of the year.…

5 Things to Stuff Besides Your Thanksgiving Turkey…

A picture of a thanksgiving turkey with the words 5 things to stuff besides your turkey

Stuffing, by far, is what I love most about Thanksgiving. Cornbread stuffing, sausage stuffing, stuffing covered in gravy – I love it all. Family, too, of course, and turkey and all the other trimmings, but stuffing…it’s just so incredibly good! In recognition of the time-honored tradition of stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey, here are five more…

Practicing Mindfulness and High School Graduation

Exploring Mindfulness and High School Graduation

“What do you miss?” my father asked recently while on our weekly shopping trip. Having suffered a mild stroke last year, I now take him on his errands, and we occasionally find ourselves having deeper conversations than the price of bread. Though the question was random and without context, I knew instantly my answer: “I…

Can You Prove You are You? Three Ways to Protect Your…

People stranded on top of a home during a flood

Imagine a fire, a flood, a tornado taking everything – your home and all of its contents. Imagine your laptop, smartphone, files, and wallet - gone, too. Could you recreate your identity? Could you prove you are who you say you are? Could you prove you are YOU? Victims of Hurricane Katrina faced this complicated…

Beyond Canned Food and Flashlights…

Men looking on to earthquake damage

The Pacific Northwest flies under the radar as natural disasters go. We get the occasional wind storm or mudslide, and forest fires are certainly a summertime regular, but tornadoes and hurricanes or weeks of sub-zero temps mostly stay away. Which is partly why the recent article in The New Yorker entitled The Really Big One by Karen Schulz shook Oregon and…