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new clothes

What do you lack?

But as I lay down to sleep, I remembered this passage from Thoreau’s Walden: “I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes and not a new wearer of the clothes.” Walden reminds me that when I feel lacking- I don’t need new things, I need new eyes with which to see the things […]

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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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The tyranny of time

Everything changed the day she realized there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life. -Brian Andreas Nearly 15 years ago, I was at my friend Colleen’s apartment in Linden Hills. We had decided to spend the afternoon creating life maps together. The activity was all the rage in Oprah’s circles at […]

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I wish I could

I have been feeling depressed again. The paralyzing sadness when I awake in the morning and in the middle of the night. The exhaustion of thinking what to wear what day it might be and where to find my things. Of how to put one foot in front of the other. The indescribable relief of […]

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The Duchess and me

Renée—the Duchess—stands to the far left in the second pew, on the starboard side of the church. She wears a wide-brimmed hat embellished liberally with feathers. Elaborate hats are just one of her many unique calling cards. The Duchess dresses as an Edwardian lady would, with fans, handkerchiefs and parasols. She lives at Briar Rose […]

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truth & proof

Truth & proof

Approximately 16 years ago, one of my closest friends– Well actually she turned out to not be one of my closest friends. Rather, she had come to view me as an obstacle to her desired “friendship” with my husband, who thankfully was not interested in trading me for her– Anyway this “friend” looked at me […]

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Being brave

I am taking a blogging course and it’s pushing even fairly-transparent me to share something about myself that I’ve never shared before. Here’s the assignment Liv at Choosing Beauty has handed out: I’ll be writing something revealing about me and I ask you to do the same. Reveal something on your blog about YOU that you […]

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Differentiated

It’s a little sultry and foggy outside and if it was 10 degrees warmer, it would feel just like a May evening Jeremy and I spent in New Orleans six years ago, strolling hand-in-hand along cobblestone streets. Instead, he is in Washington DC with Jesse (week-long father-son trip over Father’s Day…Can you say AWESOME dad?) […]

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