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Accepting the Gift

The best way to learn how to care for others is to say thank you when this sacred gift is offered to you.

But so often we miss the opportunity to learn this skill because we say, “Thank you for offering, but I’m fine.”

We have cut off the lesson in mid-sentence, and the seed

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Transforming Trash

I was inspired today by children in Paraguay who live on a landfill, and wanted to share it with you.

Children make their own musical instruments, transforming trash into music. This is about love, courage and creativity.

Their creativity has me wondering. Maybe if we take whatever we have, as little or as much as

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Caring for Less

I have come to a point in my life where I am ready to care for less.

I am not talking about caring less.

I am talking about caring MORE.

I want to care enough to have less so that I have more to share.

My stuff beckons me. It demands my time. But

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The Hope of Spring

I sat on the deck overlooking the lake this morning and sipped my coffee, feeling the sixty degree breeze on February 27, 2011.

This is one of the things I love about living in the South. Spring comes early, which means that hope is just around the corner.

Yes, we’ll probably have a couple more

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Steps on the Simplicity Journey

I was a little hard on myself in my last post, Why Do I Want to Simplify? Do you ever do that?

I am usually hardest on myself when I want to be at a certain goal but I’m not willing to do what is necessary to get there. I just want to be there

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Why do I want to simplify?

This is a hard blog to write. I am embarrassed.

I’ve been exploring how to simplify my life more lately and I read several blogs (see bottom of left column) daily about how to do so. If I read enough about simplification, write enough about it, then my life will be simpler. Right?

Wrong. As

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Dreaming Anew

Friends have asked about the process of us putting our home on the market and moving into Birmingham.

So why are we open to selling our home on the lake that we love so much?

Not long after I built my house in 2002, I was at peace with the idea that I would be

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The Grief of Leaving

“I CANNOT believe you are leaving that place!” one friend wrote on my Facebook page. “Why in the heck would you want to sell this jewel?” another one asked.

Other legitimate questions have come from friends and acquaintances since Mary and I put our lake home on the market a few months ago. This is

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Swimming Upstream

When I was in high school I remember saying, “I can’t wait to go to college.” By the time I was a senior in college, I was excited about graduate school. Then came my marriage, job opportunities, divorce, houses, remarriage, children, and more.

If we are not careful, we will find ourselves believing the illusion

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Easter Means — Day 40

Easter Sunday is a day of celebration of the resurrection of Jesus for those of us in the Christian world.

Some quotes I love about Easter include:

This is the Easter message, that awakening is possible, to the goodness of God, the sacredness of human life, the sisterhood and brotherhood of all. (Anne Lamott)

The

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