Gone fishin’ … and a request for the fall!

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You may or may not know that in my "other life," I contract for an amazing nonprofit called Fair Food Network—our healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks, is now available in various forms in 21 states, including statewide in Michigan. It's an honor to work with this team of people...and it's also a LOT of work! From 2009 up until now, vacations have usually included checking in...
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From Ow to Wow, Overwhelm to Wonder

Look, look—another guest post! This one comes from Linda Joy Stone, OMD, L.Ac., with whom I connected on Daocloud, which I describe as social media for practitioners and answer-seekers in the realm of alternative medicine. Linda Joy agreed to take on the topic of overwhelm from her perspective as a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Akashic Acupuncture. (And I think I will adopt her ...
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A half-empty nest

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I've recently been going through an experience that in an odd way reminds me of what my daughter went through most of last year: encountering the inevitable questions. For her, it was "Where are you applying, and what are you going to study?" (And yes, I did my fair share of asking other teens I know despite the fact that I know a lot of them hate it.) For me, it's "When does K leave for col...
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Guest Post | Kitchen Organization with Lisa Woodruff

As I like to say, there are no mistakes or coincidences in the Universe, only miracles. A very special guest post arrived just as we are scrambling to pack our daughter up for college, we dismantled my office to paint it—hahaha, yes, if you recall the kitchen painting episode last year, you'll wonder whether we are determined to test our marriage annually, taking on both offices and the back hall ...
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Tending the Wild Heart

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There's still time to RSVP for Ruth Wade's workshop on Gyrotonic and bone health tonight, July 26, and in the meantime I have another cool guest blog post and offer for Ann Arbor-area residents from breakthrough coach Eva Neuhaus! When was the last time you came up with a brilliant, creative solution to a problem while feeling stressed? Most of our breakthroughs happen when we’re relaxed—in ...
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Laundry loads and mental (over)load

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A few weeks ago, I was tickled by a comic strip in The Guardian about "mental load." Yes, it's sexist, and it generalizes (a lot), and yet, based on the engagement a friend got for posting it on Facebook, it must have resonated with a lot of women. In defense of the artist, she does attempt to offer a solution toward the end. And it got me thinking: in this age of overwhelm, we all carry a h...
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Gyro-whattt?

As a health coach and Membership Coordinator for the Women Business Owners of Southeastern Michigan, I do a fair amount of networking, and I get to meet a lot of cool women. This month, I was thrilled to meet Ruth Wade—she'll tell you about herself below—and because Ann Arbor is really a small town pretending to be a city, it turns out that we work in the same building downtown! I invited Ruth to ...
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A way forward | Getting past nonstarters

I mentioned a few weeks ago that at my house, we're going through a Hamilton phase, and I can't help but view the current debates about health care as just one example of how little has changed in politics: [HAMILTON] James Madison won’t talk to me, that’s a nonstarter. [WASHINGTON] Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder. [HAMILTON] They’re being intransigent. [WASHINGTON] You h...
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A summer of firsts and lasts

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This is turning into a summer of "lasts" at our house: one child's last summer before college and last day of work at a job held for three years already, the other's last summer before high school and last summer at camp. Each moment with them feels more precious as they hurtle toward independence. Perhaps because these "lasts" feel like such major seismic shifts, I also find there are new spac...
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Happy Half Birthday, 2017!

It's 4th of July weekend, which means (yikes!) we're half way through the year. Whattt? I was thinking that in some ways, this weekend is like what kids call their "half birthday"—a concept I was not familiar with as a child but is apparently "a thing" now? Some families even celebrate the day that is six months between birthdays with half a cake! The Revolutionary era is a hot topic of conv...
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