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Baby’s first (Czech, German, American) Christmas

Today as you read The Art of Simple, I’m either carrying a little baby in my belly or in my arms. There’s no way to know which, of course, so I am focusing my pre-mamahood energy to tell you what our little family has planned for the holiday season.  My husband is a German Czech; (read more…)

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Could your kids navigate the old-fashioned way?

For 70 years, generations of my family have been racing to a rustic cabin in the woods whenever we don’t have work on a summer day. The one-room log cabin has electricity, an outhouse, and no running water. If you want heat, you have to crawl out of your sleeping bag to chop wood and (read more…)

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Moms are more than chauffeurs

As I was eating lunch along the counter at the nearby Food Cooperative, two moms were sitting in the stools beside me. “What are your plans for the afternoon?” one asked the other. The woman sighed and began to list all the activities she had to get her kids to. The other woman nodded and (read more…)

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Are you being brave?

In all our lives, there are moments of incredible bravery and beauty. My definition of true grit isn’t the same as yours or anybody else’s because of our different experiences, opportunities, and desires. Our unique stories are part of the beauty of being brave. And the bravery you’ve exhibited in life is a wonderful, brilliant (read more…)

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Christmas cards: ideas for sending them and saving them

In one week, the holiday chaos begins. Christmas markets are being set up in Germany. Women are playing a little Christmas music when they think no one is around. We’re pinning holiday ideas onto Pinterest. And I’m getting pretty excited about my mailbox, just like Tsh mentioned on Monday. It’s Christmas card season! Svetlana Alliluveya (read more…)

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