Weeding Out the Crap

There’s only so much a brain can hold. Most of us have too much to do, too much to think about, and too much clutter to look at. The chaos in there makes it hard to think straight! Weeding Out the Crap helps you whittle your life down to the things that matter most — in your head, in your heart, and in your field of vision. With humor always in mind, I try to make your life easier and more meaningful… one simple step at a time… one weed at the time.

 

A Passion for Driving & Independence

A Passion for Driving & Independence

“I couldn’t wait to drive so I could get away from the house.” My husband has said this many times over the years whenever we talk about his passion for driving. It’s a common issue around here because I’m the opposite. My car gets me from A to B and that’s all that...

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Computer Purging: Deleting Electronic Clutter

Income taxes got the ball rolling. Searching for information to fill in forms is frustrating and I just knew there must be an easier way. Every year after taxes, I’m the one who gets into files and purges last year’s flotsam so I know It’d be easier to find stuff if...

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Valentine’s Day: More Than Romance

Valentine’s Day: More Than Romance

It’s 7:30 in the morning and a piece of this chocolate heaven is melting on my tongue as I write. Then, as the last trace disappears, the urge to have another rears its ugly head! A box full of my favorite See’s candy, Bordeauxs, came in the mail yesterday. And what...

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Bowling: The Rolling Thunder of a Good Time

Bowling: The Rolling Thunder of a Good Time

The sound of thunder when I opened the door was startling! Bowling balls crashing against the floor, pins clattering every which way, and always a cheering crowd. A hundred people eating, laughing, yelling and rolling. The hint of claustrophobia that hit me...

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The Relief of a Neighborhood Community

When I lived on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, we had an unofficial phone tree in a large, cohesive neighborhood — our own community. One day we got an excited call from a neighbor. She hears the telling “blow” of a gray whale making its way into the harbor. We had...

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Holiday Humor: Santa’s Lap is Not Just for Kids!

Holiday Humor: Santa’s Lap is Not Just for Kids!

It’s never too late to tell Santa what’s on your mind! It was 1978 at my daughter's school and we had arranged a treat for the kids. A long line of youngsters, including my own, had aired their hopes on Santa’s lap when suddenly the impulse struck to take my turn. Why...

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A Cup of Tea Calms Holiday Pressure

A Cup of Tea Calms Holiday Pressure

You can’t help smiling, right? This bit of cup tea whimsey helps to preserve my most coveted of moments during the holiday season, a guaranteed pause of calm. Starting with a deep breath after the first sip! Grabbing these moments when I can reminds me to enjoy the...

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Thank You for Tuning Into My Book and My Blog

Thank You for Tuning Into My Book and My Blog

Dear Friends, Where do I begin? At the top: Thank you my body for keeping me healthy. Thank you my beautiful family for the love. Thank you my dance partners for swirlng me around the dance floor. I’d like to especially thank those who have bought and enjoyed my book....

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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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Olympic Fortitude: Opposite of Me

Competence is compelling. I’ve been watching in wonder this week as the world’s finest athletes display their skills, some seem humanly impossible. But I have mixed feelings. To see what the human body is capable of is awesome and encouraging, but the word...

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Reboot to the Positive Side: Give Yourself 5 Minutes a Day!

First thing every morning, list in your head or on paper the positive side of your life. You know, what you’re thankful for. Even if there’s only one, it’s a start. As a reminder, write “my 5 minutes” on a bright little post-it and stick it somewhere prominent. If...

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Halloween Means Laughter: A Good Chance to Lighten Up

Halloween Means Laughter: A Good Chance to Lighten Up

Halloween allows for creative minds to wander into wild and wonderful places. Making people laugh is the goal after all! As a ballroom dancer, I look forward to wearing something fun on the dance floor every year. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of twirling! No...

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The Pleasure of Revisiting Photos

I got to relive this day recently. I got to feel the joy, once again, of spending time with jellyfish, otters, and octopses. My mood was showing as this shark’s jaw on display reeled me in. They say you experience the same emotions when you think about something as...

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The Pleasure of Dancing: Therapy Without All the Talk

The Pleasure of Dancing: Therapy Without All the Talk

Today just happens to be my birthday and what better way to celebrate than to talk about my favorite thing: the pleasure of dancing. Whether it’s in a formal class or my own living room, the urge to boogie is good for my body and soul because frowning and dancing...

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Moods Rub Off: Seek Good Ones Often

Moods Rub Off: Seek Good Ones Often

  I’ve always thought bars were filled with people drinking themselves off their bar stools and have avoided them like the plague. But moods are contagious, and if you’re around good ones long enough, you’re bound to catch some of it. Enter, Squirrel’s Tavern, my...

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The Power of an Image: Heat Relief in Miniature

The Power of an Image: Heat Relief in Miniature

The magic is in the bubbles! I’ve seen plenty of water play depicted in photos and pieces of art, and none are quite as magical as those with lots of bubbles. Maybe it’s the action that helps my imagination along because I can almost feel that water on my skin! To all...

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Small Things Make the Biggest Impact

Small Things Make the Biggest Impact

Have you ever had a bad day? Ha. So who hasn’t. Or maybe a bad week… a bad month… a bad year? Whatever the reason or timeline, it can be the small things that have the biggest impact in bringing your mind and your mood back to where it belongs. In an effort to walk...

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A Tree Frog Called Buddy: The Visitor That Stayed

A Tree Frog Called Buddy: The Visitor That Stayed

We’ve been adopted! We weren’t looking for a pet and we didn’t really want one, but here we are, enthusiastic caretakers of a Tree frog we’ve dubbed Buddy. This little guy has made himself at home in our shop, where there’s plenty of insects to feast on. Housekeeping,...

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The Many Faces of Pleasure: From Contentment to Excitement

Summer used to be my happy time. Summer meant bare feet and WATER!!! Sunshine, swimming, boating and water skiing was how I grew up in California, where warmer water temps kept you coming back for more. I now live in the Pacific NW, where rivers and lakes and ocean...

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Thinking: Your Most Important Work

Thinking looks like doing nothing, but no. Thinking is beautiful. I’ve always admired people who come up with great ideas and love the term “Think Tank”. I envision a group of super brains sitting around a round table, maybe one that’s polished and inlaid with a...

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Helping Someone Through Their Loss.

Helping Someone Through Their Loss.

We’ve recently seen tragedy in our neighborhood and it’s got me thinking, again, about sadness and loss and grief when a loved one dies. I’m guilty of jumping to conclusions when someone I know has to go through this, and in my mind I think — your spouse has died and...

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