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Say No to Say Yes

I was painting a porch several years ago for my friend Cate, and to keep me company she put on some amazing Irish music. The artist was Sharon Shannon and the CD was entitled Blackbird. Sharon, it turns out, is known for her talents on the button accordion and fiddle. It made me wonder if […]

Why Be Organized at All?

In my opinion, there is no virtue to “being organized.” I don’t think of being organized itself as something to become. I think of it more as a practice: something I do. And if practiced consistently, being organized becomes second nature. I have a habit of picking up our small house every morning. I call […]

Every household needs a good broom.

There is something about Earth Day in April that makes me want to wax poetic about an unsung heroine of our household. It’s true, we have become a culture of people who love our gadgets and I will admit to being among them. My iPhone is rarely out of reach and Kathleen is a huge […]

A new year, a new mindfulness practice.

Our thoughts and our actions influence our reality. And while we cannot predict or control a lot of what happens throughout our day, how we respond can make all the difference. And this difference starts with our being mindful, open, aware. Every day for years now, I have been receiving an email from Regena Thomashauer, also known […]