How to prepare for the February Challenge

You have 2 days left to get ready and I’d love to know what you are doing to prepare.  I know some of you are planning a “naughty Sunday”.  That’s not such a bad idea.  Here are some other things you might want to try:   First, it would be helpful if you got the…

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January 2010

The first month of a new decade…almost gone already.  Other than February, this has to be my favorite month.  Clearly, it’s not the weather that I’m fond of…this is Wisconsin!  No, it’s just that it’s January…and January means “new”.  The month has clout.  It represents change, reflection, and perspective.  It’s the time when I take…

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Doing the right thing just because….

What ever happened to the idea of doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do?  It sounds like a lofty idea.  In the modern world, generally speaking we either do the right thing for a reward or to avoid a consequence.  We were taught this lesson early on: “If you are…

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Timeless

Between the ages of 13 and 23, I lived on the eastern shore of Maryland.  I was in 7th grade when we moved there and I moved away a year after graduating from college.  I never went back…not because it wasn’t a great place to live…but just because my life took me in other directions. …

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Take a vacation from your life

There are 2 kinds of vacations.  Vacations from work and vacations from life.  Vacations from work usually include the family and a trip to some fun destination.  It’s uninterrupted family time…no gaming systems, no television, hopefully no cell phones…just family time, bonding time.  As parents we hope to create great memories for the kids and put…

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Tis the season to give?

The holidays are full of tradition.  For many of us it’s the season of giving.  There are endless opportunites too.  All of those red kettles for the Salvation Army…the adopt a family programs…coat donations for the needy….tons of volunteer opportunities, etc.  It is easy to find ways to give and of course it feels good. …

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Wave

Winter running in Wisconsin can be challenging.  But every once in a while it’s heaven.  Last night we got an inch of fresh snow so this morning I headed out of town to enjoy the peace and quiet of country roads.  Fortunately for me, that just means a 10 minute drive.  I parked my car…

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New Shoes

You’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” right?  Well, I think it should be, “You are who you hang out with.”  As parents, we spend time worrying about the quality of the young people our children spend time with…understanding that the wrong influence could lead them off track.  However, as adults we sometimes…

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We need each other

This is my first winter in a new neighborhood. I don’t know my neighbors as I don’t spend a lot of time at this house. We had a blizzard last night…14 inches of snow and a 3 foot drift on my garage. I am an athlete so no snowblower and normally that’s not a big…

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Distractions?

My 10 year old is a patient little man.  He has no choice as I am often a highly distracted mom.  It’s not the TV either…trust me, I gave up that habit a long time ago.  No he has to compete with e-mails, blogs, facebook, twitter, and my smart phone.  Last week, he said to…

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