Family

Grow Paperwhites Like the Pros

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  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

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  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…

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What Everyone Should Know About Family Life

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Family life is like a Smith Island cake. For generations, the women of Smith Island have mastered the art of the Smith Island cake. They skillfully assemble 8-10 layers of paper-thin buttery bliss to create a towered architectural wonder swathed in cooked, fudge frosting.  Even the most experienced, dexterous Smith Island bakers find themselves routinely…

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