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Owning less is better than organizing more

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. In this world and times of up-sizing and up-selling I’m delighted to be part of the downsizing community. As you know, our recent move was specifically for the purpose of downsizing both in yard space and home size. It has been a breath of […]

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Authenticity, a choice

“Life is maybe like deep-sea fishing. We wake up in the morning, we cast our nets into the water, and, if we are lucky, at day’s end we will have netted one– maybe two– small fish. Occasionally we will net a seahorse or sometimes a shark– or a life preserver or an iceberg, or a […]

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rainy days

Rain by Shel Silverstein I opened my eyes And looked up at the rain, And it dripped in my head And flowed into my brain, And all that I hear as I lie in my bed Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head. I step very softly, I walk very slow, I can’t […]

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Cohen’s Hallelujah

With all the raging fires in Canada and the United States plus the powerful hurricanes and storm surges created by Harvey and Irma, and don’t forget the earthquake in Mexico, I feel a need to turn to Leonard Cohen. Although I’m well aware that the word hallelujah is an expression of praise and worship, Cohen […]

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on the reality of time well spent

When I practice piano, I start with a musical piece I’m familiar with or, dare I say, even relatively good at playing. Then I segue into practicing and focusing on the details of learning the newest (to me) piece. I love playing piano. I love practicing the piano. After all, it’s still the number one […]

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all lined up in a row

“Today we will live in the moment unless it’s unpleasant, in which case, me will eat a cookie.” — Cookie Monster Living in the moment. No regrets, only embracing the moment and all that we have to be grateful for. Downsizing has been a great exercise in living a more simple life full of gratitude. […]

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