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Reviving the art of smiling

Being more of a homebody than anything else, I’ve been trying to make an effort to get out of the house more often, simply to just be outdoors and get some much-needed Vitamin D. During my short trips outside the four walls of my home, I’ve noticed a strange but increasingly common trend: unsmiling people. (read more…)

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How to not be obnoxious even though you’re passionate

I’ve noticed a recent trend in my life. After a conversation with an acquaintance, an episode of a TV show, a chapter in a book, or otherwise some other sort of small interaction with new information, I tend to immediately need to outwardly process said information with Kyle (I am an INTJ, after all—that’s one (read more…)

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Tomato-stained stoves and dusty windowsills

As you start this week, may you shoo away any thought that whispers that your home isn’t good enough for table company. May you pick up the phone today and text that person you’ve wanted to invite over to share bread, coffee, whatever. I told Myquillyn in our most recent podcast that one of my (read more…)

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The best question

This June marks 18 years for us. When I got married I could have never foreseen the hills and valleys of the next nearly two decades of living and breathing daily life with someone. In fact, I could have never even foreseen being almost forty and living this life that I live. Life surprises us (read more…)

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Embracing the crazy

I had it all planned out, in my head. The kids would frolic on the shore and I’d lay on the quilt my grandmother made, with a book and my camera. It seemed simple. It seemed possible. Until we got there. Our two hour drive turned into three. Traffic on 17 was virtually stopped and (read more…)

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