Vaccination Is a Public Health Decision, Not a Private Health Decision

Instead of telling you in my lighthearted but dictatorial fashion how to throw off your burdens, I want to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart.

My years of work in hunger relief led me to an interest in public health. I even...

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Digging in the Dirt; A Love Note

Confession: there is one thing I acquire a LOT of. I purchase them without guilt, and I can’t ever have enough.

Plants.

I have supersized yards both front and back. In my wisdom I’ve rejected the idea of simplicity and made landscaping...

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A Little Voice Told Me

In January I encountered the weirdest car problem ever.

It didn’t help that I was still dripping wet from an interrupted shower when I raced out to move my car so my kid could drive her car to work.

I reversed out of the...

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Sorry, Grandma

Let’s imagine your great-great-grandmother crossed the country in a covered wagon. She travelled 2500 miles through blizzards and droughts and clouds of locusts. On the way she lost 3 of her 8 children and bore a set of twins.

The wagon...

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Your house, the way you want it.

Am I the only one who finds infinity pools terrifying?

I’m not keen on swimming a solid lap and then FALLING OFF THE EDGE. I guess you can’t really fall off? Probably? But some of them are situated at the top of (more or less)...

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I love to organize junk drawers. Also, I'm a nerd.

I love a good junk drawer. I've got a bunch of them, and I always know where to look for the thing I need. My secret? I have a category for each. 

Here are some examples.

The key drawer. This one is super tiny so there's not much else that...

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Just an old hippie

I had surgery last week.

A lot of people I know toss that line out like they’re saying, "I found a new dry cleaner last week." I am not one of those people.

Because I am terrified of being drugged and cut open.

That fear might be a vestige of...

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Is Your Inbox Winning?

A confession: as of Friday morning, I had 585 flagged emails in my inbox. I planned to come back to each one. REALLY! Cue maniacal laughter…

Ok, many of those were business receipts: my strategy is to leave them all in the inbox then move...

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You are perfect.

Guess what? You are not your mess. Again: you are not your mess.

You are not your exhaustion, your frustration or your lack of motivation.

If your house is beautifully decorated and perfectly organized, you're great. If you haven't seen the inside...

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A lonely book is a sad book.

Vacations are tricky things. Your brother wants to go scuba diving, your Dad likes camping in the desert, your sister wants to visit museums, and your Mom's just looking forward to letting someone else do the cooking.

It's hard to find a venue that...

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Quick - lie down!

It's January, and you're tired. So am I.

It's not just because the world seems to be flaming out around us and the pandemic has sapped us of all our strength. It's because human animals are supposed to be semi-hibernating right now!

The sun rises...

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10 things to (maybe) get rid of in 2021

Did you ever break up with a best friend? I know, it sounds very daytime talk show, but this happened to me and it was TERRIBLE. The timing sucked (because the timing of awful events is always bad) and a couple of other friendships got caught in...

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