6 Simple Ways to Maintain Balance (or Sanity) this Holiday Season

Many of you know that my dad passed away this year. I have to count on 3 hands my friends who are also celebrating their first holidays with one fewer parent. It isn’t easy, this “Year of Firsts”. As we move through December, I know I will need to find some time to step away …

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Mother’s Day Wishes

a day late, but alas the internet was down last night.... Finishing up another Mother’s Day with a sublime combination of lemon meringue pie and champagne.  Spending a finally-sunny Sunday with bits of gardening work, homemade family brunch,  soccer and lacrosse games,  all-family-prepared barbeque, then a quiet night at home with no dissention was a …

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Gift Season

Now that the major gifting overload season is complete, many presents newness worn off and returns  complete, I have been thinking a lot about gifts.  How sometimes it is the unexpected gifts that linger in our brains.  The gifts that will mean nothing to people when they finally clean out my cabinets, the stories of …

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Mixed Blessings

One of the tow-headed boys I used to babysit for was convicted last week of sordid sexual crimes against multiple children.  Horrifying.  My father is recovering from his fifth heart attack, which occurred just ten weeks ago.  Amazing.  My in-laws are aging, mentally and physically.  Sad fact of life.  Several friends have had parents who …

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Sharing Times

We have just passed the Thanksgiving week and entered the hurdles approaching Christmas.  The seasons of giving and receiving and asking and celebrating.  I peruse the Christmas lists made,  and wonder that my kids---or any other I know--can really NEED anything this holiday season when so many others go without.  Food. Warm coat that fits. …

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