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Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful 4th of July! Wishing you health, healing, and happiness. —Maria Print PDFRelated Posts:Fourth of July Craft: Sunprint Fireworks JarsFourth of July PlaylistHappy Independence Day!

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Fourth of July Craft: Sunprint Fireworks Jars

by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer If you’re looking for a unique craft project to tackle with your friends and family this Independence Day, look no further! Making sunprints is super easy and so much fun. For these jars, I foraged around my yard and found all sorts of cool items—Queen Anne’s lace, tiny little daisylike […]

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My Bette Midler Playlist—Top 10 Classics

To accompany My Bette Midler Story, I thought it would be nice to put together a playlist of my favorite Bette Midler songs. Many of you, I’m sure, know her biggest hits like The Wind Beneath My Wings, The Rose, and From a Distance. But this list is of her original classics—songs that feel like […]

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You Never Forget Your High School Love

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger “Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.” —Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Well, thanks Victor. That sounds easy, but it often feels like we never remember to do it until something horrifying reminds us to do […]

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My Bette Midler Story

Some of you who follow me on social media may have seen a picture or two of me with Bette Midler and wondered, How did that happen? How did she get to meet Bette? Well, it’s a long story—a story that begins and ends with love—and I’m about to share it with you…. I was […]

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The Slow Old Days

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger When Maria told me the theme for this week was “slow fashion,” my first thought was, “What in the world is slow fashion?” Other than describing my usual default position of being very, very far behind on fashion trends, I had no clue. And then I thought, […]

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The Already-Colored-In Coloring Book

by guest blogger Jacob Lief, cofounder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund and author of I Am Because You Are: How the Spirit of Ubuntu Inspired an Unlikely Friendship and Transformed a Community (cowritten with Andrea Thompson; Rodale Books), from which the essay below is adapted In late 2001, my organization, Ubuntu Education Fund—a nonprofit […]

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Agricultural Nirvana

photo and text by guest blogger Matthew Benson, photographer, organic farmer, and author of Growing Beautiful Food “Out of such chaos comes the dancing star,” once said my favorite dystopian curmudgeon, Nietzsche, who may have come from farming blood, for all I know. Nietzsche’s obsessions with hardship and trial as paths to enlightenment, just like […]

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