Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bringing Our Own Dishes on Vacation

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Over Labor Day weekend, we decided to vacation in Manitou Springs, one of our favorite nearby getaways.  There are plenty of family activities to do, such as visiting the Mantiou Cliff Dwellings, the Cave of the Winds, the Penny Arcade … Continue reading

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Old White T-Shirts

There comes a point in the life of a white T-shirt when it is time to hide from the public eye.  The once bright white cotton inevitably turns dingy and thin after much use.  This was the case recently with … Continue reading

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Live Authentically, Not Perfectly

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It is easy to be too hard on yourself now and then, so I say “take a break from yourself!”  Breaking your own rules once in a while can actually be healthy.  When you aim for perfection, chances are you’ll … Continue reading

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LOHI Community Block Party: A Gathering of Neighbors

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My daughter and I walked over to the Lower Highlands Community Block Party last evening.  The late-summer weather was perfect for a gathering of neighbors.  Tables draped in white linens lined up to form one long communal dinner table down … Continue reading

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Shep’s Sun Pickles

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We can’t seem to eat all of the cucumbers we grow in our garden, yet I don’t have enough ready at once to can an entire batch of pickles.  Luckily, I have my grandpa’s sun pickle recipe, which I can … Continue reading

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The Art of Less is More

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Reducing our consumption of plastics takes a reevaluation of our drive for material consumption in general.  How did we come to play into the powerful marketing message of more is better?  Who gave us the right to squander valuable resources … Continue reading

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Sliced Tomato on Toast

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One of my favorite summer snacks is sliced tomatoes on toast.  What makes it so delicious are the garden-fresh tomatoes.  Each year I look forward to the juicy sweet flavor of freshly picked tomatoes from our garden.  If you don’t … Continue reading

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