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10 New Things to Try This Year

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you’ve already slacked off on your New Year’s resolutions, right? If not, congratulations! If so, guess what: Every day is New Year’s Day. Every day is a new day to try something different, something new. In fact, I believe this is one of the keys to happiness! Studies have shown […]

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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs to Buy Herself Some Flowers…

About a year ago (most likely on a cold and dreary winter weekend), I bought myself some yellow roses and posted a pic of them on Facebook. I remember being rather depressed that weekend, and those flowers were an attempt to cheer myself up. All the comments on the post were trying to guess what […]

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10 Ways to Survive Winter

As I write this, there’s an ice storm out, and we aren’t going anywhere, thanks to my home’s location at the top of a big hill. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s winter. So my kids and I are making a list of ways to survive the season to share with you, just in case you […]

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My Dream for All Farmers

I know farmers in Brooklyn who raise bees on rooftops and kale in former junkyards. I’ve spoken at hippie organic-farming conferences in California at which I’ve met organic farmers, used to being considered outsiders, who are passionate about what they do. I’ve been in the homes of Mennonite farmers who speak Pennsylvania Dutch into their […]

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We Are the Dream They Dreamed

  It’s not unusual for my daughters and me to talk about women’s history at home. We all read a lot, and we all find history fascinating, especially when it comes to the lives of women. What is unusual is that this past holiday, when we were all together (I think we were straightening up […]

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year, everyone! What are some of your dreams for 2015?   Print PDFRelated Posts:Maria’s Five Favorites: New Year, New You!12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 12A New Year’s Day Tradition: Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes & Sauerkraut

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5 Tips for a Fabulous New Year

I love the start of a new year. It’s like pressing the reset button—a clean slate and all that. Each New Year, I feel like I’ve learned more, rid myself of more bad habits, and gained better insights into what makes life good and fun. I’m an avid resolution maker, but this post isn’t about […]

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The Power of Giving

  This time of year is all about giving. And getting. We make our lists, check them twice, and hope that something resembling stuff we want shows up in our lives on Christmas morning. And we also hope that our loved ones don’t give us a fake, “I love it!” or worse, a sincere, “You […]

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