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When work is play

I did it! I finished my grant proposal and a couple of other big projects. So, I actually get to play in my garden today. Finally. I’m grateful though that work in my case is not so distinct from the rest of my life. My paid work dovetails with many areas of my personal life. […]

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Sharing my name

As many of you know, sharing my name with other women has never come easily to me. I grew up with not a single Rachel in my school or hometown, so to move to Minnesota and find here a Rachel, there a Rachel, everywhere a Rachel, Rachel was more than a little disconcerting. No offense […]

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Hanging out the laundry

I recently read this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh: To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that, to help with the transformation and healing of other people. Though I am definitely not in a position to be a monk (who is?), I do make space in […]

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Etsy joy

Etsy is a magical place. I did quite a bit of my Christmas shopping there this year (I bought the arm warmers below for my boys), but I also love visiting just to window shop. It’s a quick fix for my addiction to basking in other people’s creativity. It would be a dream come true […]

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Getting to know you

Remember yesterday, when I said that I collect people? Meet Gina, who came up with a great giveaway idea for her blog…to randomly select 5 readers to interview and feature on her blog this week. The jumping off point? This great either/or quiz, which she hand lettered. Because that’s her thing, and she’s fabulous at […]

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The absolutely most beautiful thing

What is the absolutely most beautiful thing? That’s easy. It’s the women I know. Nearly two years ago, I realized that I was collecting exceptional women. Women who had suffered. Women who were smart. Women who had great ideas. Women who had done gutsy things. Women who inspired me just by getting up in the morning. Women who […]

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The Treehouse

Time to share another book I have loved: Naomi Wolf’s The Treehouse. Discovered on a shelf in a used bookstore last year, this was the unearthing of a real treasure. You, like me, probably associate Naomi Wolf with her other, more sensational book…The Beauty Myth. This is a completely different species of book. I’m not sure […]

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I know a guy who knows a guy…

I am so pleased about all of the people I know…and their many and varied talents. Because we know Pete, we have this phenomenal, unique, massive, magnetic Scrabble board in our house. A few years ago, I was trying to think of the perfect birthday present for Jeremy’s 40th birthday. Since he loves Scrabble, I […]

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