Plan B


“Things not going according to plan? Let your inner plan B emerge and follow that like it was meant to be.” I am a firm believer in Plan B. Plan B crops up for me when I am full on working Plan A. And it’s not happening. At some point it occurs to me, there […]

Play It By Ear


Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? While we can’t say yes to everything we have ever wanted to do, we are never too old (or too young for that matter), to follow the path of our passion. My brother pointed out that I am now the same age as the speed […]

Not Only Neat, But Clean


My realtor friend Marc Gup  asked me if I would write about the importance of not only neat, but clean, when it comes to selling homes. And while cleaning is one of my favorite subjects, I understand it’s not for many people. Calling it a necessary evil is the best most can muster. We all have […]

Driven to Distraction


“I am not going to die today,” I thought. Yet, I was terrified. I was riding in the passenger seat of an SUV with a respectable, responsible, 50 something, guy at the wheel. We were sharing a ride to the job site in his car. He was looking up phone numbers and making calls on […]

Maybe Means NO


After considerable thought I have come to the conclusion that maybe means no. Period. If I am ambivalent about acquiring something, I am simply not ready or it is not the right thing. How many “maybes”  live in your closet,  cupboard, garage or basement? When was the last time you reached for a maybe and actually used it? Honestly? […]

Travel Packing Tips

Vacation Packing Tips and Guidelines

Editor’s note: I received a lovely email recently from blogger & content writer Ella Andrews who shares a passion for writing about all sorts of home remodeling, house removals and interior design related projects. Ella has some great suggestions to make packing for your next vacation a breeze. Thanks Ella! Article granted on behalf of: […]

Legacy Planning-It’s Not Too Soon

Three Generations

Kathleen and I were out to dinner one night with my Mom and my son. Mom was nearly 87 and still driving, and dear son is only weeks away from his learner’s permit. Something about their 72-year age difference gave me the idea that it’s not too soon to think about my legacy. If I […]

Teamwork & Tips


Dear Bettina, My son and I have made great strides together taking back space in our home. The next step is a room that used to be a half-baked office but that transformed into a complete junk room over the years. I’m taking it all apart and setting up completely new systems. Do you have […]

10% Crappier-Lisa Love

Lisa Love

Editor’s note: Our guest this week is mindfulness coach & counselor and my dear friend, Lisa Love. Starting a mindfulness practice –where you weave present-moment awareness into your daily activities – is simple. At any given moment, notice your breath, notice the layers of sound filtering into your ears, observe sensations in the body, and […]