Better Than a Hallmark Movie

Better Than a Hallmark Movie

 
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Back in pre-historic times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth and I started blogging….

…..I met this blogger.

Don’t you love a story that begins like that?

Actually I think I met her house first.  I found her front door on Pinterest and followed it to her kitchen and the tiny cobblestones that surrounded her home.  And I left a comment on her blog full of so many exclamation points that it broke every rule in the MLA handbook.

I remember thinking that was the end of the conversation.  I mean….after all…..she was a designer.  A real designer.  With clients and a portfolio and beautiful homes she had furnished from shops I had only read about in magazines.

And I was a blogger.  A blogger who shopped at the side of the road and (even better)…..

…..the side of the lake. :)

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Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Stinky Shoes

Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Stinky Shoes

 

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This is the week that school started.

Finally.

Can we still be friends…..

……if I tell you I’ve been waiting for this week all summer?

Every time I picked up a pair of flip-flops off the floor or washed stacks of bowls etched with dried-on fruit loops or sorted through wet beach towels left in the back hall or swept up tiny pieces of paper scattered all over the floor or gathered up the stinky tennis shoes from every corner of the house…..

….I sighed.

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Never Let a Can of Pringles Come Between You and Your Dreams

Never Let a Can of Pringles Come Between You and Your Dreams

 
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Tomorrow has always been my favorite day.

It’s the day where I get everything done.

You know.  As in….

Tomorrow I’m going to get healthy.

Tomorrow I’m going to exercise.

Tomorrow I’m going to eat right.

Tomorrow beets and broccoli and cauliflower will be my new favorite food.

Tomorrow, tomorrow…..I love you tomorrow…..you’re only a day a way.  

Except.

For me…..usually my much-anticipated-constantly-promised-over-achieving tomorrow…..

…..never arrives.

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The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

 

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If you have read this blog for more than two minutes…..

….you know I love to tell stories.

Like the time I found out I was a Venn Diagram.

Or the time my roast became the talk of the county.

And the time my Mayflower table came to town.

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A Fathers Words of Wisdom

A Fathers Words of Wisdom

 

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I grew up in a household full of love and joy and creative individuals….a band of merry men….

…..led by the merriest of them all.

My father was the heartbeat of our home.

He knew every single element on the periodic table and every detail of the revolutionary war and could sing every verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic in a perfect tune he strummed out on his guitar.  He was witty and funny and kind and generous and when he talked to you….

…he had the amazing ability to make you feel like you were the only person in the room.

And that you could climb mountains.

Probably backwards…..carrying your brother in a wheelbarrow. :) Continue reading


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O Beautiful For Heroes Proved

O Beautiful For Heroes Proved

 
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Have you ever sung all the verses of America the Beautiful?

It’s starts off with spacious skies and amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties and fruited plain.

Descriptive.

And poetic.

And majestic.

Lyrics that paint a descriptive picture of this beautiful country that we live in.

But what about the rest of the story?

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Cape Cod Beach House Tour

Cape Cod Beach House Tour

 
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When I started blogging they had this thing called Wordless Wednesday.

Do you remember it?

I’m not really sure who started it….but every Wednesday bloggers would simply post a picture like this one I just took for the beach house tour.

Beautiful, wonderful, amazing pictures….

….without any words.

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And then we all would jump from one another’s blogs and look at the beautiful pictures and be all inspired in the middle of the week and leave comments like….”amazing pictures” and “wow….what a wonderful scene.”

Or something equally clever.

And everyone would be wordless and inspired all at the same time.

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Some Are Silver and The Other Is Gold

Some Are Silver and The Other Is Gold

 
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Can I ask you one of the unsolved questions of the universe?

And maybe it’s not really even unsolved.

Maybe every one else has already figured it out…..

…..and I’m the last to know.

But seriously…..I just want to know why?

Why?

Why….when you take a trip and wash your car and pay actual money at the car wash because you want it to sparkle and shine….and then when you arrive at your destination somehow….between here and there…..

….every bug in the universe ends up the front grill of your car. :) Continue reading


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