Catching Fireflies

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Tag Archives: quilting

Filling the Long Gray Days

Winter and spring in Central New York can be difficult. Long gray days stretch ahead of you with no relief. The air is damp and chilly; the world around you is muddy and ugly. These are the weeks between the pristine snowfall and the pink flowering trees. They can seem endless. Or they can be …

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Maximum Threshold

You’ve heard of maximum security, maximum overdrive, and even maximum heart rate. I have recently named a state of mind as “maximum threshold.” Maximum threshold is the ultimate level of stress you can handle before you have to give yourself a day off. It varies from person to person, and week to week. Even if …

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Hey, You Never Know!

A few years ago, I posted about winning the lottery, or not winning. I still haven’t won. I can’t seem to even win another lotto ticket! Maybe it’s because I don’t play consistently, or maybe it’s because the universe knows I am okay without it. 😊 Still, I wish the universe didn’t have so much …

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When the Muse Speaks

Life can come at us at warp speed sometimes. I just had six non-work days in a row and had planned a lovely stay-cation with lots of books, wine and naps. I needed it. Since early last fall, every day off from my day job found me in some sort of class, tending to a …

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A Blank Page, A New Year

As 2016 draws to a close, many people who I know are happy to see the tail end of that has been a difficult year. The final week of December is a time of hope and planning. People usually start to contemplate the coming year and the changes they would like to make. They make …

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The Post Yule Blahs

I don’t know about all of you, but I tend to cruise through much of the holidays on auto-pilot. It’s the busiest and most stressful time of the year for me at work. There is so much pressure to buy the perfect gift and exhibit over the top holiday cheer. I find it is easier …

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2016 – The Year for Intentions

It’s that time of year again where we make lists of resolutions to break in the coming year. Last year, I had a short list: Get my practice management certification. Check. Publish my first book. Check. Learn to knit. Check Lose 20 lbs. Well… at least I didn’t gain any! Hey, 3 out of 4 isn’t bad! …

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Ah, September… Brings Out the Nerd in Me!

What is it about the idea of September that turns me into a total nerd? More so than usual, that is? Is it the turning of the leaves, the crispness in the air, the new angle of the sun? Perhaps it is the sight of golden buses carrying youngsters to the hallowed halls to learn …

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