Ah, September. I’m glad you’re here. The breezes tasteOf apple peel.The air is fullOf smells to feel-Ripe fruit, old footballs,Burning brush,New books, erasers,Chalk, and such.The bee, his hive,Well-honeyed hum,And Mother cutsChrysanthemums.Like plates washed cleanWith suds, the daysAre polished withA morning haze.– “September” by John Updike As the weather cools and the tea warms up, I’ll…

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Feel like your brain is on overdrive lately? As my friend Jennie shared, a lot of everyday decisions have turned into weighty decisions. We’ve had a lot on our minds this year—more than I think we realize. It’s no wonder we’re tired from decision fatigue! Maybe it’s a good time to reset our expectations. Consider…

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This year has been one of peaks and valleys. In uncharted land (all of 2020, right?!), neither peaks nor valleys are entirely relaxing, though. Peaks take energy to climb and there is usually thick vegetation in valleys and water to cross. But, as hard as traversing mountainous land can be, climbing through peaks and valleys…

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First, black lives matter. _______ The halfway point of the year is coming and—maybe you’re feeling the same way?—I’m craving a life refresh. The first half of this year has been… a lot: tragic and difficult and beautiful and life-changing all rolled into a few very unexpected months. I’m ready to mark a new start—to…

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Well, summer may be a little different this year, right?Summer camps are cancelled. Many vacations aren’t happening. The community pool will likely be closed. Summer concerts and BBQ’s with neighbors will be different. It’s a Stay-at-Home Summer for us. But, there’s hope. In all of our dashed plans, there are delights! Instead of cars outside,…

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