cliff jumping

Living a good story means risk

As you start this week, may you jump off that cliff into the water and the unknown. I podcasted with my friend Stephanie from Melbourne, Australia earlier last week, and then when we hung up I read her recent post about worldschooling. Later that evening, I cracked open Walden, Thoreau’s account about his two-year gig (read more…)

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tea

When your day is interrupted

Last night, when I tucked in my almost nine-year-old, I saw tears in her eyes. Naturally, I asked her what was on her mind, and her answer really surprised me. “I feel like we haven’t had much one-on-one time lately,” she said. “I’d really like to have a mother-daughter date with you soon.” This surprised (read more…)

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beans

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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book

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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winter fence

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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