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A Growth Spurt

I had no expectations. Maybe that’s why I got so much out of it. I showed up with a clear mind, alone, notebook in hand. Seeing diversity was the first thing I noticed.  Not just young, creative people.  But all ages, all walks of…

November 8, 2016
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Your Big, Best Life.

How do we know if we are living a big life? A life of fulfillment, a life of purpose, a life that makes a difference.  Our very best life. Many years ago, a longtime friend of mine was mourning her good friend who had…

October 6, 2016
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Going for Bold

This post was originally published in skirt! magazine’s online blog. Thanks to skirt! for the opportunity and partnership with the Charleston Blog Society! Any boldness in me comes from my momma. She didn’t let anything hold her back. She was feisty, kind, caring and…

August 10, 2016
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Look. Listen. Love.

“This has been a difficult week”. That was how my yoga instructor started class. And instantly tears started streaming down my face.  Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, Nice…and now Baton Rouge again.  All in one week, just over a year since it happened in…

July 17, 2016
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This Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen….

No, this is not in my yard.  But it is my community and I am one lucky girl.  Charleston has over 120 parks and one day, in the midst of renovating our home, I decided to get out of the chaos and go work…

July 6, 2016
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Philip Simmons Was Here

Love this picture!  It is of my sister and cousins, 1962. Why this and the reference to Philip Simmons?  Well, this is the picture, courtesy of my Aunt Joan, that helped date the railings to the house.  During the blessing of the house, I…

May 30, 2016
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The Man Behind the House

Meet Marc Engelke, our contractor. As he drove away, just having completed the first major punch list, I was filled with relief, sadness, fear and gratitude. I was really over wearing the blue tape around my wrist like a fashion statement. At first when I…

May 12, 2016
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Welcome Home!

“Welcome Home.” This is what Mr. G, my neighbor said to me when we moved in. It brought me to tears. You see, Mr. G has lived in this neighborhood for over 50 years. He knew me as a small child, he knew my…

April 29, 2016
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The Dimes

At first glance, you might think I am trying to highlight how the floors and bead board are in need of serious renovation.  But look closely, and you will see tucked in the molding, is a dime.  And not just any dime, but one of…

November 10, 2015
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First Camellia

In the midst of sawdust, termite damage, open walls and damaged floors, there blooms the first Camellia!  What a sight! To the left of the house is a row of Camellia Sasanqua.  I spotted early buds, but wasn’t sure we would get the benefit of…

October 19, 2015