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By , September 12, 2012
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We recently moved from our home of 14+ years to a new one.  Moving is hard. What to do with all that stuff? Oma’s china that she brought to this country from Germany. Mom’s silver and  great-grandma’s wrought iron bed. And that’s just for starters. What about the  books and files, the photos and, well, you know, the stuff that accumulates.

We made a five-stage plan: Do we want to take it with us? If  no, do the kids want it? If no, can we sell it? If no, can we give it away? If  no, THROW IT AWAY! We were rigorous in applying this – and, to be honest, we  still brought a lot of stuff with us! Continue reading…

Monday Morning and Mother’s Lap

By , September 4, 2012
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Wherever we’re going
is Monday morning.
Wherever we’re coming from
is Mother’s lap.

Poet Maxine Kumin says it for me. Approaching Labor Day means “Monday morning;” it means get serious and buckle down; it means back to school with new classrooms, new teachers and new projects. (It doesn’t matter that I’ve been out of school for decades, it still feels like that!) For many of us this time of year means a kind of starting over without ever really having stopped. It’s often exciting and unsettling. We don’t always know what to expect. Continue reading…

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