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.

 

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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Loss: Compounded by the Holidays

Loss: Compounded by the Holidays

I won’t be popular with this thought, but Christmas is celebrated with such fervor that sometimes the season feels more like a job to me instead of the pleasure it’s supposed to be. The pressure to “celebrate” comes from the assault early on of goodies, lights, music,...

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Sleep, Oh Precious Sleep: The Ultimate Comforter

Sleep, Oh Precious Sleep: The Ultimate Comforter

Why, oh why, does anyone resist their bed? How on earth can they resist the lure of such comfort at the end of the day? It’s so puzzling when someone tells me they don’t want to waste the time. WHAT? Don't they know how important it is? All I have to do is remember...

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Halloween: Grab Fun When You Can!

Halloween: Grab Fun When You Can!

October’s Moment is here, Halloween. Even though it’s early, here’s a little something I found to entertain the neighbors throughout the month. I’m remembering past celebrations and all the ghoulish high jinx we sprang on the neighbors. A giant stuffed spider rigged...

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Thank You for Your Passion, Greta Thunberg

I’ve got Greta on my mind. I haven’t been able to think of anything else since I watched Greta Thunberg’s passionate speech about global warming at the United Nations this week. I’m inspired by her passion, her eloquence, her lack of BS and political correctness. In...

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Relief from Persistent Bad News: Carrot Art

Relief from Persistent Bad News: Carrot Art

Just picture its simplicity. A little carrot doing its own thing and nary a mole in sight! I keep this simple little image from my garden in front of me as a reminder to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and c-a-l-m d-o-w-n. No matter how bad the latest news is, even the tiniest bit of...

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Mass Shootings: What is left to say?

I have nothing to say. The sadness I feel after the latest mass shootings this week is profound, and the corner of my brain that stores words of wisdom and relief is empty. That my own government merely stands by with “thoughts and prayers” is criminal, and I am...

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Downside of Social Media: Anonymity Gives Us Courage

“People were rude and judgmental, not providing respectful discussion or criticism. I was going to clean up the comments but people were too rude and it was better to just wipe it from the earth.” This reply came from the administrator of a Facebook group when I asked...

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