Articles By: Shelley Plett

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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Every day a reason to shave legs?

Anticipation is a key stage; by having something to look forward to, no matter what your circumstances, you bring happiness into your life well before the event actually takes place. In fact, sometimes the happiness in anticipation is greater than the happiness actually experienced in the moment—that’s known as “rosy prospection.” —Gretchen Rubin The last thing I want to do […]

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Starting with the foundation

“Your diet, exercise routine and stress level lay the foundation for how you feel. So fuel your body with good nutrition, break a little sweat each day and set aside time to unwind. Because it’s hard to feel bad about a body you’re taking care of.” —Somebody It started out so sweetly… just a surprise one-armed side hug from my […]

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Making that resolutions list

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet; new backbone; new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year’s resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly […]

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My grown-up Christmas list

“Do you remember me; I sat upon your knee. I wrote to you with childhood fantasies. Well, I’m all grown up now and still need help somehow. I’m not a child but my heart still can dream…. So here’s my lifelong wish, my grown-up Christmas list…. “ —David Foster/Linda Thompson It’s time to let the blame lie where it should. […]

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