Random Thoughts

Rules Are Made to Be Broken

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger A few years ago, we were all buzzing about books that offered the “rules” for women, the “rules” for online dating, and the “rules” for women who wanted to find lasting love. Not surprisingly, they were followed up with a Men’s Rules for Women list that circulated […]

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In Praise of the Great Flat White

I’d heard about Flat Whites before I visited Australia—they’re the country’s signature coffee drink. But, some of you may remember I went “off” coffee and caffeine for my trip, so I never got a chance to drink one while I was there. (Don’t worry; I won’t make that mistake again.) Once back in the States […]

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Following Your True Calling

Photo: (cc) LiebeGaby/Flickr by guest blogger Robyn Hessinger, intuitive, medium, Reiki master, and founder of Inspired Guidance “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives…” —Lemony Snicket What would it take for you to follow your true calling(s)? Bravery? Financial security? The support of family and friends? Certainty […]

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Five Pictures of the Caribbean

Just because. Print PDFRelated Posts:The Grand Tour: The Loire ValleyThe Grand Tour: ParisThe Grand Tour: Iceland II

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Five Pictures of Spring

Just because. Print PDFRelated Posts:10 Surprising Ways to Teach Kids to Love NatureMaria’s Five Favorites: Newness for Spring12 Things I Love about Spring

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Equal but Separate

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger I can’t believe it took researchers this long to figure out two things about heterosexual preferences. Number 1: Women like men and men like women. Number 2: Their everyday behavior bears that out. Let’s take a little trip back to the tumultuous days of the 1960s, shall […]

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Cleaning Out My Kitchen

It’s that time of year—the end of February (still two-feet of melting snow outside)—when the spring-cleaning gene kicks in and the urge to clean out everything becomes irresistible. But here’s the truth about my kitchen: I don’t actually live on a farm. But I do live in the woods with a huge garden! And this […]

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A Tribute to Lady Gaga, the World’s Bravest Rooster

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at RodaleNews.com I’ll never forget where I was the day I heard Lady Gaga crow for the first time. Not the singer, but my chicken, a particularly beautiful little guy with flashy feathers and a gorgeous, larger-than-life swagger. To backtrack: I never asked for Lady Gaga the day we […]

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