Category Archives: Gratitude

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

10 ways to fall asleep fast

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It’s 2:48am. You’re completely awake, tossing and turning, wishing you could slip into slumber because your alarm clock is scheduled to go off in just a few hours. You’ve got an immensely busy day tomorrow, and you can’t afford to be sleep-deprived. But for whatever reason, you just can’t fall asleep…   We’ve all been…

Mindfulness Goes to School

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Our kids are back to the routine of school. The energy is high as we walk through the hallways, with lots of chatter and sharing events from the prior day. But high energy doesn’t always translate well to listening and focusing on tasks at hand in the classroom. Some schools around the country are turning…

So much to celebrate on July 4 and every day

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At our house, the trip to Memory Fireworks with my son is an annual tradition. Sparklers, little poppers and those crazy snake things are bringing lots of joy as we celebrate freedom. It got me thinking about the beauty of celebration and why we should do more of it. For all types of celebrations- birthdays,…

Why We Love the Lake

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 The weekly exodus of vehicles on Friday afternoon and evening has begun. Those cars and trucks and campers, filled with food, beach towels, fishing rods and smiling faces, seem magnetized by the call of the water. We get to follow “rules” like these: Nap Often Watch the Sunset Go Boating Wake Up Smiling Soak Up…

Kids in the Kitchen: Common Ground for a Delicious Life 

A few weeks ago, I got to participate in an evening cooking event sponsored by CommonGround North Dakota. The ND women farmers who volunteer for CommonGround are focused on starting a conversation between growers and consumers. They talk about science, research and establishing trust in our food supply. And, once you grow it, how does…

On Mothers and Mothering

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Many women celebrate and are celebrated on Mother’s Day. But since I am an older than average mother, and spent many years fearing that I would never have a child, I have a tender spot about this holiday. Some women are childless by choice, others by chance or circumstance. I try to be sensitive to…

Six wishes in honor of World Wish Day 

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One spring morning—back in 1980—a seven-year-old boy named Christopher received an unexpected phone call. It was a local police officer. “Chris, how would you like to take a ride in a real police helicopter?” Chris was ecstatic. He had been battling leukemia—and the battle was not going well. His mother knew that he loved police…

Practicing mindfulness… when you’re not a Buddhist monk.

All of us lead full lives. We often wear several hats: parent, colleague, volunteer and more. And while it’s likely that we truly enjoy all of those roles, time flies by and it seems like something is missing. Could it be that we have a hard time being mindful in the moment? I love the…

It’s OK to make things easier for yourself.

It’s OK to make things easier for yourself. Have you ever been over to someone’s home for dinner, and you compliment the hostess “Wow, this meal is really delicious! Thank you!” and she quickly brushes off your compliment, saying something like, “Oh really, I didn’t do much of anything at all. I just bought a…