Age and beauty define the lichen of this world
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Age and beauty define the lichen of this world

Mindfulness helps you fall in love with the ordinary. ~Thich Nhat Hanh Cracked volcanic rock, almost elephantine in its folds and crevices, lined a short walk on my way back to the Museum of Northern Arizona near Flagstaff. What delighted me about this canyon was the overabundance of lichen, profligate in its blooming on this…

My relationship with sewing machines
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My relationship with sewing machines

When I was young, the neighbor lady on the corner took in sewing. After school I’d often go over to her house and play with the scraps of fabric she collected just for me in a box she kept beside the machine. Some of my earliest memories are of the clickety-clack of her treadle moving…

What’s on my bookshelf right now
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What’s on my bookshelf right now

As we move into fall, weather is getting cooler and days shorter. A great time to read! Here are five that make my list for a good seasonal read:   Cooking like a master chef by Graham Ellliot. Although I do most of my reading on a Kindle, get this one in hardcopy: the photographs…

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I’m turning into my mother-in-law

Some women have a¬†worry of turning into their mother, especially during stressful times. I have found through a quirk of fate that I think I’m turning into my mother-in-law instead! She was a simple, though intelligent woman who died many years ago, a¬†traditional homemaker who raised a large family in the 40s and 50s and…

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Women’s revolution, Part II

I am seeing an interesting phenomenon in my professional work: women of the Boomer generation entering their later years with the same independent attitude they’ve had throughout the last several decades. Women of the forties, my mom’s generation, became the traditional housewives of the 50s. Daddy, the breadwinner, knew best, and mama stayed home with…