shell

When less is more

As you start this week, may you strive for less instead of more. May you crave the beauty of just one flower or one shell on the beach or one perfectly-placed photo. And when the noise gets loud, may you remember to close out all the tabs in your Internet browser to read only the (read more…)

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One simple way to avoid identity theft

In light of the Heartbleed bug mess, this seemed like a timely topic to revisit. Ready to be scared a little bit? The odds are very, very good that — at some point in time — a website you use has been hacked, and your e-mail and password from that site have been compromised. Ready (read more…)

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Go play outside

Several years ago, my husband and I sat down to determine how to best prioritize our time and money. After identifying that we highly valued playing in God’s country, it was easy to spend money on a nice set of bikes for our family while choosing to drive 10 year old cars. This morning we (read more…)

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candles

A simple ritual to fight the winter darkness

I am not made for winter. I don’t know how I possibly could be, considering that I was born smack dab in the middle of June in Houston to parents whose air conditioning had gone out the week before. Something about those miserable conditions imprinted on my DNA, so I’ll take a relentless sun and (read more…)

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It’s no puzzle: keeping holiday traditions simple

I don’t remember exactly when it started. Sadly, I suspect I may have rolled my eyes a bit the first time someone pulled out a box and started to pour the cardboard pieces on the recently cleared dining room table. Putting together a puzzle? Really? THIS is how we’re going to spend our Christmas? Really. (read more…)

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