Rosh Hashanah

Tree-of-Life-055For Jews around the world, this is the season of reflection and forgiveness. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to look at the ways in which we have transgressed and to apologize, personally, to anyone we may have offended or hurt. In so doing we are once again sealed in the Book of Life. Whether or not we are Jewish, I believe we could all benefit if we took a page from this book. Continue reading

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Labor

At this time of year many of us are transitioning from vacation back to work. It has me thinking about the meaning of labor.
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This twin hull boat model was made from a lobster buoy, slabs of granite for the keel, and another Styrofoam buoy pushed through sticks for the sails.
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Extroverts and Introverts

Do you get your batteries charged by being at a party, or by being on your own? When you go home alone do you reach for the phone or sigh and settle into a good book or movie? These are some of the differences between extroverts and introverts.

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Letting Go

Paul & caterpillerA friend gave me the following quote by Reverend Safire Rose on letting go. Lately, I have been reading it almost daily. It reminds me to let go of all that I can’t control, which is almost everything, and live in the present. Bit-by-bit I am loosening my grip, and finding the gift of freedom that results. I share it as a gift to you:
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On Kindness

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Of all the qualities that augment good in the world, I believe kindness is number one. Kindness is a doorway to the heart. It is something we learn (or not) from childhood. If we have not been treated kindly, we have to make it a conscious practice. Kindness begets kindness.
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Martha Stewart’s “American Made”

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Working a loom in my dorm at college

For more than 20 years, my friend Martha Stewart has celebrated a spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines, on her television shows and, more recently, online. Now, through American Made —founded in 2012— Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.   Continue reading

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Sublime Summer Strawberry Spoon Bread

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Say that title five times fast! I don’t include recipes often, but this one is so good you’ll want to make about four of them in the first week! At least that’s what I did. It’s a recipe I’ve adjusted slightly from the Food52 Website, called “Strawberry Balsamic Spoon Bread with Poppy Seeds.”
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Untangling The Family Web

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When a friend took me to see “The Wild Center” in Tupper Lake, New York, last weekend, a giant spider web captured my imagination. It reminded me of something I learned while writing my book; that while the family we grow up in is our first mirror it is not usually an accurate reflection. We spend our lives untangling the stories that live inside us.
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On Winning

image“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Those words, spoken by Eunice Shriver at the start of the first Special Olympics, in July of 1968, were in my mind as I entered the ring with my horse, Lucky, at the Vermont Morgan Heritage Days’ carriage driving competition.
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Interlude

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At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than to pick up a paddle and drift on water. A friend invited me to join her for kayaking. The moment we pushed off the shore we felt the stresses of the day drown in our wake.     Continue reading

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