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Frugal and Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

Once upon a time, a wedding was synonymous with expensive venues, caterers, decor, and entertainment. These days, a bit of creativity combined with frugal, eco-friendly wedding ideas offer as much elegance and fairytale flare as the splurge-level nuptials. It isn’t the dazzling display of extravagance that makes a wedding grand. The ideal wedding is one…

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Timeless Parenting Tips From Mr. Rogers

My kids considered afternoons with Mr. Rogers sacred time.  When the theme song It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood started to role, that was their cue to take their seats and reconvene their friendship with the man in the cardigan sweater and well-worn sneakers. For an hour, my kids sat spellbound and learned life…

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Holy and Healthy Living Christmas Inspiration Ebook

I want to learn more about the book Holy and Healthy Living exuberantly promotes the need to maintain physical wellness and to cultivate a robust spiritual life. This Christmas season, I created a gift guide that combines wholesome and holy: Holy and Healthy Living Christmas Inspiration Ebook. Two-Part Seasonal Gift Guide Part One Holy and…

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Modern Manners That Bolster Kindness and Compassion

Manners? Are they essential anymore?  Yes, they are crucial. They aren’t just rigid social rules reserved for the privileged or the wealthy. Manners are more than just knowing not to slurp coffee from your saucer or not to blow your nose with your dinner napkin. In our modern world, chaos (think Opioid crisis) and violence…

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Grow Paperwhites Like the Pros

  Up your gardening game this Christmas and grow paperwhites like the pros at the garden centers. How can I think about Christmas when the marigold and burnt rust leaves still cling to our sycamore tree?  Clusters of scarlet Aronia berries weigh heavily on the branches patiently awaiting their harvest for jams and juice.  Early…

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How to Find Hope in Your Failure

Writers often receive these dreaded things called a rejection slip for a book, a poem, or an article One of my favorite authors, Madeleine L’Engle laments that “Every rejection slip—and you could paper walls with my rejection slips—was like the rejection of me.”  I can relate.  Writers might spend hours weaving the perfect nouns and…

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