Articles By: Shelley Plett

Sometimes we just get it all wrong

I can think of one thousand places much worse than this.” ~ I Am Here, Pink It’s around this time of year – August – when Halloween items show up in stores. It tends to frustrate people to see bats and cauldrons lined up alongside back to school binders and crayons, but we can’t pretend to be surprised. It happens […]

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Cutting the cord: T.V. a distraction

“You have the same amount of hours in the day as Lin Manuel Miranda.” Don’t tell my kids but I’m cutting the cable. I’m talking deep cuts; down to the dreaded basic package. The one where Channel 8 becomes the highlight. I’ve been complaining for months, and I’m getting tired of myself. I don’t know when television became so important […]

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It’s the circadian of life

“Good morning, sunshine,” he said, his smile quickly disappearing in the face of her murderous glance when she raised her face to look at him. “Shut up and die, morning person. Coffee,” she mumbled.” —Alanea Alder On good mornings, I am up early. Early to some, anyway, and really early to others. I don’t know how it works for most […]

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Simplify, simplify, simplify …

“Lately I’ve been feeling I don’t need so many things. I must: simplify, simplify, simplify. Then I thought if I were really into simplifying, I wouldn’t say simplify three times. I’d say simplify. Or “simp.”—Karen Salmansohn “To do nothing and have it count for something.”—Regina Brett It all kicked off with some kitchen utensils. To be exact, it was a […]

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Summer: doing nothing counts

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something.” —Regina Brett Summer! Well, almost. The school year has ended and the humidity has begun, so close enough. It begins by sitting in my warm house, hoping to catch the crosswind between the fan blowing in front of me and window open […]

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Mistakes make life interesting

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” —Samuel Beckett Graduation season is sneaking up, a day equally feared and anticipated by so many. It may be more of a 60-40 split, with the scales tipping in opposite directions depending on the day. I was the parent of a high school graduate one year ago, much […]

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Choose to find positive things

“Change the scenery of your life. You don’t have to travel far. It’s an adventure. A chance to refresh. To learn. To compare. To meet new people. To make new friends. To view things anew. To grow.” —uptitude.it My kids and I went to a concert a while back which is bound, in some way, to lift spirits, whether they’re […]

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Stop, don’t think, just love

“Change the scenery of your life. You don’t have to travel far. It’s an adventure. A chance to refresh. To learn. To compare. To meet new people. To make new friends. To view things anew. To grow.” —uptitude.it My kids and I went to a concert a while back which is bound, in some way, to lift spirits, whether they’re […]

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There’s always a deeper story

“There’s a story behind every person…Sometimes you only know their name, not their story.” —Goodreads Thanks to an Ameri­cano and in spite of an icy sidewalk, I started one day last week with a chance encounter that woke up my view of, well, just about everything. Anne Lamott said, “Sometimes heaven is just a new pair of glasses.” That’s true […]

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Building up the sisterhood

“Be a woman other women can trust…. Successful women have a tribe of loyal and honest women behind them…. Be a woman who lifts other women.” —Sophia A. Nelson I don’t know if it’s my youngest turning into a teenager or me turning another year older right behind her, but the stars have aligned in such a way that the […]

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