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…

Preparing for Disaster, Planning for Survival | Building a Car Kit

A horse drinknig water with mountains in the back ground

The children were outside playing and the adults were indoors cooking. The evening sun was setting over a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains. And someone was pounding on the door screaming:  “Fire! Get out now!” We called the kids inside, turned off the stove, grabbed our purses and car keys, and headed for the door. We were…

Preparing for Disaster, Planning for Survival | Building the Under the Bed Kit

Firefighters working on a roof

Are you ready? For the “big one?” The big earthquake, the epic hurricane, the flu pandemic? A recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) survey found that nearly 60% of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster and only 39% have developed an emergency plan. This despite astudy by Environment America that claims 80% of Americans live in counties that have…

A Swing Set With a Purpose

Girl swining on a swing smiling

My daughter turned 15 last week and for her birthday we built a swing set. An unusual gift for a teen? Probably - but it was in sync with my mission statement – and though I didn’t know it at the time – it turned out to be the perfect gift. Do you have a…

How a Keystone Habit is Changing My Life…

a woman doing a tree stand on top of a mountain

The countdown is on.  I’m 49 years old with fewer than 12 months before the Big 50; so naturally, I made a list of all the goals I’m hoping to reach before I hit the half-century mark. Health goals, intellectual goals, family goals, spirit goals, financial goals. And I want a theme – something catchy.…

5 Fun Facts About Christmas Creep

A holiday isle at target

 Christmas “Creep” – the term used to describe the perpetual “moving up” of the holiday shopping season (and the squeezing out of Halloween and Thanksgiving) - is met with disdain.  Apparently, people abhor Christmas Creep. One study found over 70% of Americans “annoyed or very annoyed” by this perceived phenomenon. But peruse these five fun facts about…

Are You a Nester? 5 Lessons from Cozy Living

A baby bird in the tree

I’ve got that nesting feeling. That hunker-down, fluff the house, prep-for-the-long-dark-winter feeling. And fortunately for me, I recently picked up a few nesting skills from an expert extraordinaire, and I’m happy to share them with you here. This summer a Robin built her nest on our front porch. She flew by with a twig in…