The myth of the expiration date

Let’s talk about “expiration dates” on food. Note the quotes. There is no such thing as an expiration date on food!!

A little history. I worked at the Oregon Food Bank for several years. I was responsible for food safety at over...

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Be here now

My 2021 started as an exercise in acceptance.
 
I got a brand new hip in February. Which I thought was reserved for old people? Nope. Turns out you can wreck a hip way sooner than you can retire.

It's clear that I’ll never run that...

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Delete, unsubscribe, repeat

How many emails are languishing in your inbox?

Quick, delete 10!

Worried that you'll lose important information? If those emails are from businesses who want your money they will DEFINITELY send you more offers, ideas, links, etc. There is...

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Just a few at a time

You know what I hate? Statistics that get bandied about with NO ATTRIBUTION.
 
Even worse? Opinion masquerading as fact.
 
I’ve read several times that the average American home holds approximately 300,000 items. I don’t believe...

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I no longer hate Christmas. Very much.

 

About a dozen years ago my kids made me stop saying "I hate Christmas."
 
Not interested in living with a bona fide Grinch, they seemed to think the holiday season would be more enjoyable if their mother stopped glaring and muttering...

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Quit shoulding yourself

If I allowed myself to indulge in the word “should”, here’s how a morning chat with me might sound:
 
“Well, I should get going on my newsletter, then I should try to get some exercise, then I promised my kid I’d...

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Have the home you've always wanted

A friend of mine is planning to move to Hawaii. It’s not going to happen for a year or two, which is kind of like making a 6 year old wait for Christmas for 10 years.

Instead of cursing her Oregon house for not being on the beach in Maui,...

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Productivity be damned!

Is it possible to spend one’s entire summer on a single project that never reaches completion? Why yes, thanks for asking.
 
I have, as previously mentioned in this blog, an enormous back yard. It’s got a LOT of grass in it, despite...

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Drowning in paper

Picture this: I’m hunched over my laptop in that trying time between dinner and bed when it seems as though you should be able to get something done but you are far too tired and brain-dead to accomplish anything.

I am trying to book plane...

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The only one who matters

Here's the best piece of advice I can give you if you're hoping to declutter your home, your schedule, your brain, or anything else.
 
KNOW THYSELF.
 
Deceptively simple, methinks. Here's how it works in real life.
 
In the Before Times,...

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You can't take it with you

 A few weeks after my father died, my mother tackled his closet. She told me it was one of the hardest parts of losing him. As she gathered his clothing for donation, she said, “I felt like I was just throwing him away.”


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HGTV is sending me mixed messages

Guilty pleasure alert - I love decorating shows.

But for real, they’re setting us up for a lot of house shame. I don't know about you, but my house does not have a stadium-sized kitchen with loads of subway tile. Or an...

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