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Rachel is fine.

Or is she? You’ll have to read to find out. ♥ I highly recommend working with Susan Shehata to uncover your Core Story + Core Beliefs. This work continues to transform my life, and I recently wrote about it as a guest post on Susan’s blog.

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December Reflections 04 Red

Yay! Here comes Susannah Conway and her blog prompts—this time it’s December Reflections—to inspire me to blog again. Today’s theme is RED. But this post is about my true-blue colors. Thank God for Glennon Melton at Momastery. Seriously. She’s smart and humble and brave and faith-filled and has to medicate her mental illness and take a night […]

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kale sweet potato

The August Break: Twenty-Seven

Wondering what the August Break is? Check out this post. 27. Favourite Recipe Garlicky Kale-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Anna Dvorak for more of Anna’s delicious, nutritious recipes, check out her e-books on Amazon: FALL * WINTER * SPRING * SUMMER Serves 2 (with leftovers) Ingredients 2 medium organic Garnet or Jewel yams (orange flesh sweet potatoes) 1 […]

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fibonacci stone

The August Break: Ten

Wondering what the August Break is? Check out this post. 10. Talisman tal·is·man ˈtaləsmən,ˈtalizmən/ noun  an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck. I stumbled across Johnny Clasper’s Facebook page this morning. It seems to me that he is creating talisman-inspired stonemasonry art all over the […]

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The August Break: Eight

Wondering what the August Break is? Check out this post. 08. Smooth I bought this ice cream sandwich about a week ago from Pumphouse Creamery. I’m really much more of a Sonny’s Ice Cream  girl, but Pumphouse is located right next door to my office, so it’s amazing I don’t go in to indulge more than […]

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The August Break: Seven

Wondering what the August Break is? Check out this post. 07. Five facts about me One. I love collecting unusual plants. This is a spotted bee balm, and I got it at the Friends School Plant Sale this year. Isn’t it incredible?   Below is ground nut vine, (mingled with virgin’s bower clematis.) It grows all over the […]

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the wildness we seek

The wildness we seek

Happy 75th birthday to Parker Palmer. Quaker, teacher, PhD in Sociology, Wisconsinite, author of Let Your Life Speak and eight other groundbreaking books, founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. I first discovered Parker in 2009, when I heard him on the […]

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This is livin’!

It was a fall day just like today about 8 years ago when I had a very memorable encounter with an irrepressible chimney sweep named Victor. We needed to have the chimney cleaned in our new home and were lucky to have Victor’s business, Copperfield Chimney Sweeps, recommended to us. Victor is a local guy, with […]

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Shop small this holiday season

Rachel’s Holiday Shopping Boutique on Facebook As many of you are already aware, over the last few years there has been a movement to encourage holiday shoppers to remember to “Shop Local” and “Shop Small.” American Express has made a big effort to establish the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend as “Small Business Saturday,” partially in […]

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