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Lessons from the bean jar

As you start this week, focus on your own positive. I thought of this last night, as I dished out more beans to our family’s bean jar. See, we’ve started something this year, and so far, it’s working beautifully: the bean jar. The grownups dish out beans for various positive attitudes among family members—emptying the (read more…)

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Always be reading

As you start this week, may you be reading something, anything—even just a page. I just finished my traditional holiday novel that I read between Christmas and New Years, and I was reminded how much I love a good story. I got lost in the world of fictional characters and places. This book stayed with (read more…)

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20 questions for a New Year’s Eve reflection

As you start this week—and this year… may you reflect. Post-eggnog, it’s easy to want to speed forward with gusto, packing up the ornaments until next year and juice-cleansing your system from all the holiday indulgence. But ease your foot onto the brake for the next few days, and gift yourself the space and freedom (read more…)

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The Gift of the Magi

As you start this week… may you pour a steaming cup of your favorite drink and settle in for Story Time. You can read this to your kids, if you want, but consider this first a story for yourself. The Gift of the Magi is a short story published in a collection of works called (read more…)

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Savor the non-holidayness, too

As you start this week, possibly looking into a tunnel called A Busy Holiday Week, may you find the courage to enjoy the everyday little bits that aren’t, in fact, holiday at all. May you relish the regular, and be brave enough to call is just as sacred as the twinkle lights and the nativity (read more…)

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