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During the summer months substitutions may be needed for chocolate

You are violets with wind above them ~ Ezra Pound

Dear Graduate, As you move forward in the world, remember someone loves you deeply, someone believes in you fully, and someone misses your laughter at the dinner table. Don’t forget to wash your sheets, speak your mind, and hug your mother. May you be bold, graceful, and kind. Strong, fearless, and honest.  Drink plenty of water, eat vegetables...
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Friday Favorites for December (Krista)

Friday Favorites for December (Krista)

This is by far my favorite time of year. The Christmas music, especially the oldies with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, always take me back to my childhood as those songs played on our record player in the living room throughout the season. I love the smell of the Christmas trees – and although years ago we succumbed to an artificial tree, I try ...
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Two of my Favorite People!

Two of my Favorite People!

Today two of my favorite people were born–my father and my business partner. In a world where few things are certain, the loyalty of these two people is unwavering and my gratitude is immense. Krista, it is one of the great honors of my life to be your friend. When I call you and say, “I just bought the cutest pair of shoes, and they came in a r...
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There is Poop on my Pumpkin

There is Poop on my Pumpkin

Last week I walked through my front door and realized there was poop on my pumpkin. I hesitate to write about this because I hate to leave my readers with the impression that my home is full of vermin, but apparently, my home IS full of vermin.   I made my usual trek to the hardware store and purchased rat traps, spread them around my doorstep, ...
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Not a Good Soccer Mom

Not a Good Soccer Mom

In 2001, my oldest daughter entered kindergarten, and that fall, I signed her up for a soccer team through our local parks and recreation office. My husband was a huge soccer fan; he hadn’t played on a team since he was a kid, but he still wore Adidas sweatshirts and bought a world-cup ball every four years. He was the one to suggest we sign her...
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Gratitude

Gratitude

When I slow down and think of what gratitude means to me the first word that comes to mind is awareness. Slowing down from the craziness of our daily lives and tuning in to what or who is around us is not an easy chore. Our days are filled with tasks that need to be accomplished, phone calls or emails that need responding to, and continuous upda...
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