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A Powerful Valentine’s Day Gift

The contractors we hired to frame our tiny house finished up their work last week. It’s an indescribable feeling to see it finally take shape and look like a house – door, windows and all. Because the project is so particular (every inch matters), Melissa and I spent as much time ...

The Gift of Time

This weekend, we celebrated my mother's 80th birthday with a party at my niece's house. My siblings and in-laws who live nearby did a beautiful job orchestrating the day to be just what Mom wanted -- a house filled with her family and close friends, beautiful flower arrangements, delicious food, ...

How To Take Care of Yourself in Trying Times

My heart hurts. It hurts for the suffering in the world. It hurts for the way we're treating one another. It hurts for people who desperately want to escape dangerous and war-torn places. It hurts for those injured or killed by terrorists on our land and elsewhere. It hurts for ...

Indecisive? Your Soul Knows

We recently hired a contractor to help us with the framing of our tiny house. I got a good vibe from Chris from our phone conversation. He sounded professional, driven, intrigued by our project, and excited to quote the job. One check mark in the “pros” column. We set up a ...

How To Spend Your Time Wisely

YESTERDAY was my sister's annual Christmas cookie party -- something she started at least 15 years ago. It's a time for little kids and big kids (i.e. adults) to come together to make and decorate holiday cookies. I hemmed and hawed about whether I would go this year, mainly because I've ...

All the Feelings

My dad loved Thanksgiving for many of the same reasons I do: we spend the day with family, we eat delicious food, we laugh a lot, and we spend time sharing what we’re grateful for. Despite lots of love, this year was just a bit somber without him there. Melissa and ...

Feel Something, Say Something

It’s been a couple weeks since the election and as I begin to come out of the bubble of grief about my father’s passing, I’m faced with a country in turmoil over the shocking result in the presidential race.   I’m sure it comes as no surprise that my political leanings point ...

The Healing in Feeling

I'M AT THE hospital visiting my father. He's had a relatively good stretch of health until he began feeling pain in his foot and we noticed the coloring showing signs of limited circulation. Expecting to go in for a simple treatment and come home, he's been there now for a ...

Do You Trust Yourself?

THE WEATHER has taken a serious turn here in New England. The days are brisk and I can already smell winter in the air. In fact, it's raining right now and I spy small, while flakes scattered in the mix. With the fall back of daylight saving time coming up, ...

The Shitty Part of Loving an Animal

IT'S A TOUGH DAY today. In just a few, short hours, my sister will be helping her beloved dog cross the Rainbow Bridge. After 15 years of love and companionship, Zack is ready to leave his body. Zack came into Lisa's life when she and her husband surprised their daughter with ...

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