Weeding Out the Crap

There’s only so much a brain can hold, and mine is frequently on the brink of overflow. Too much to do, too much to think about, too much clutter to look at. It’s hard to think straight with a brain that’s chasing it’s tail all the time.

Weeding Out the Crap helps you whittle life down to the things that matter most — in your head, in your heart, and in your field of vision. Come along with me as I make both our lives easier and more meaningful… one simple step at a time… one weed at the time.

 

Voting 2020: A Date to Remember

Voting 2020: A Date to Remember

Imagine looking forward to voting like you would a date on Saturday night. Imagine going to a party where everyone gets to cast their ballots together. This is how they do it in Australia. Meanwhile in the U.S.-- with more at stake than ever this year -- people are...

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Feeling the Loss: Dancing Kept the Joy Alive!

Feeling the Loss: Dancing Kept the Joy Alive!

no big deal: Dance class is cancelled this week. BIG DEAL: Seven months without a twirl. In March the mandate for distancing seemed temporary, but that temporary is turning into a growing sense of loss. Little did I know that my biggest passion would slip away. I...

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“Character” More Than Getting Tough

My Billy announced at breakfast this morning, “I’ve decided I’m going to get an A+ in character!” And I believe him! To him character means getting tough. He’s going to power through this cancer and stroke in good condition because “I’ve got things to do.” It’s in...

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Worry: Bad… Calm: Good

Worry: Bad… Calm: Good

In the time it took to dial 9-1-1, it was over. In less than a minute, garbled speech from only one side of his mouth vanished and we wondered, “Wait, did something just happen here?” “I’m fine”, he said. “I’m fine.” It took some cajoling -- and me staying calm as I...

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Brush Fire and Essential Workers!

Brush Fire and Essential Workers!

It was my first time ever calling 911. I already know I turn into jelly when emergencies crop up but, surprisingly, I felt calm as I reached for the phone. Even remembered my own address and phone number when the dispatcher asked! Our backyard borders a field of dry...

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Reboot to a Positive Mindset: Give Yourself 5 Min/Day.

Surely everyone has 5 minutes to spare! And if you use them first thing in the morning, you can nudge yourself into a more positive mindset for the day. This way of starting out gets you away from dwelling all the time on what’s wrong. Before you start the busyness of...

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Pandemic Time on my Hands!

Pandemic Time on my Hands!

My name is Carol and I am an addict. Isn’t that’s what it’s called when you’re struggling to pass Level 37 and you say to yourself, “I’m sure I can do better next time.”? Then you repeat the phrase after every attempt until an hour rolls by, then 90 minutes, then… The...

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A Fox at the Backdoor:  Rest for a Tired Brain

A Fox at the Backdoor: Rest for a Tired Brain

It all started with a blur, “Was that the neighbor’s cat?” Something about this blur was different, though. Was it darker? Longer? Yeah, probably a cat. Next day: “Wait, what? Is that a fox?” We spent the next week scrambling for our phones, but not fast enough as she...

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Loss of Freedom Brings Rewards: s-l-o-w is good!

Loss of Freedom Brings Rewards: s-l-o-w is good!

What I learned by staying at home: I’ve been a spoiled brat most of my life, doing whatever I felt like doing whenever I felt like to doing it. My new habit is to ask myself, “Do I need that?” Do I need it, NOW?” Mostly the answer’s been “No!” and I like this trend!...

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Laughter Softens the Onslaught of Bad News

Laughter Softens the Onslaught of Bad News

  I begin April 1 like any other workday, at my desk waiting for inspiration. I reach for the light and… someone's staring back. My husband is apparently sitting quietly in the next room, waiting, because as soon as he hears laughter, a voice yells, “April...

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Stay-at-Home  #2: Time to Notice the Little Things

Stay-at-Home #2: Time to Notice the Little Things

I’m acutely aware of babbling these days. Not the soothing babbling brook kind, but the sound of my own voice — droning on and on and on. As people hunker down in their own cocoons under Stay-at-Home orders, the growing silence has made me aware of my own voice more...

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Adapting to Stay-Home Orders: Home Sweet Home

Adapting to Stay-Home Orders: Home Sweet Home

Witness our Happy Tree, my husband’s brilliant idea to amuse all the children coming out of the woodwork in our neighborhood. He stapled a collection of stuffed heads and masks to the street side of this huge fir out front and we can watch as the little ones point and...

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“Stay Home!”:  Slowing Down Because of Free Time

“Stay Home!”: Slowing Down Because of Free Time

Excuse me as I desperately search for an upside — any silver lining will do — to the collective fears swirling around the globe. As I look at my April calendar on the wall, it comes to me: a mandate to stay home means a mandatory slowdown for most of us. Without all...

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Bad Hair Day: The Importance of Hair On Trial

Bad Hair Day: The Importance of Hair On Trial

I thought long and hard, “What can I blog about that would help lighten our collective moods?” Laughter always helps me forget my troubles, if only for a minute or two. To that end, I hereby lay my dignity on the line with my own bad hair day. The weight of worry...

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Coronavirus: Use 1915 Remedies, If You Dare!

The panic that’s been set off by the Coronavirus drew me back, once again, to the 100-year-old advice I have sitting on my very own book shelf. A Physician in the House, “written in plain language” by J. H. Greer, M. D. 1915. I’ve been thinking: what did my grandma do...

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Emotions on Display: Tears for all Occasions

Emotions on Display: Tears for all Occasions

I watched and wept in awe at the sight of my newborns for the very first time. I sobbed with relief when THAT call came to publish my first book. I’ve wept with despair when my government let me down. I cried with pride when, turns out, I was right after all. An...

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Free at Last: Purging Makes Room for New Ideas

Free at Last: Purging Makes Room for New Ideas

This is what I call freedom! The last of my purging was done this week, so my brain has plenty of room now to grab new ideas floating by. The weight of all that stuff is off my back at last. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine feeling such satisfaction from an...

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Positive Perspective: Repelling the Dark Side!

“Ignorance is bliss,” is something my mom said more than once. I used to laugh whenever she referred to this old saying, thinking how could anyone NOT want to know what was going on around them? My curiosity would be killing me! Well, I’m not laughing now. Information...

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On Being a Homebody: What’s Wrong With Home?

On Being a Homebody: What’s Wrong With Home?

“Beam me up, Scotty!” “The Transporter Bay is ready, Captain.” Until these notions become household words — or until I make it through Apparition class at Hogwarts— I’ll remain the homebody that I am, spending my time and resources fluffing my own little stationary...

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New Year: Looking Forward to 20/20 Vision in 2020!

New Year: Looking Forward to 20/20 Vision in 2020!

Today begins a very special new year. Ahead is a unique opportunity to re-adjust the vision of my life to 20/20 — in 2020. Much contemplation will be in order as I put together my list of New Year's Resolutions! I’m energized and inspired every January 1 because the...

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Gifts from the Heart: Creative Gifting at it’s Finest!

Gifts from the Heart: Creative Gifting at it’s Finest!

Oh, how lucky can a person be? I’m surrounded by creative souls that keep my sense of awe alive. I have a tiny family — four in all — but both my husband and two children have wonderfully creative spirits. Oh, I know I’m creative with words, but it’s just not as...

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