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Signs You Grew Up in a Big Family

People who grew up in a big family give off tell-tale signs. We think we can blend in with those people who always had their own rooms, but we can’t. Our special upbringing has turned us into very special adults.     1. No Inside Voice When ya’ wanna’ be heard in a big family you talk […]

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10 Ridiculous Things I Did Instead of Write

Successful writers agree on only one thing – writers must write every day. Not talk about, dream about, or study about writing. Write. Daily word or page goals are encouraged. The downside to the advice “Put butt in chair and write”  is that sitting is the new smoking. Our bodies take a beating from a sedentary life. Writers get sore shoulders, […]

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Prepping for the Storm of the Century

A storm of historical impact was predicted to blast the West Coast last week. Over the Pacific Ocean the remnant of Typhoon Songda slam danced towards the coast, bringing high winds and waves, and the threat of flooding and power outages. I’ve experienced enough natural disasters, I should be prepared for anything. We spend seven years in Kansas hiding in neighbor’s basement […]

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Social Media is not the Antichrist

Some hail social media as an antichrist that’s corrupting the world. As with each technological advance throughout history, people tend to take sides and proclaim it “good” or “evil.” It is neither. It is there. The explosion of social media opened a vast territory to be explored and conquered. Each tentative step encountered blessings and dangers. The brave ones step into […]

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Getting High on Magpie

Magpie Gulch is a narrow, twisty road in Montana that leads to the top of the world. Well, it feels like the top of the world. To show off my favorite state to friends Tom and Janet I drove by Canyon Ferry Lake and into the Big Belt Mountain Range. In some places the road looks as if a vintage […]

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Rules for the Contact Sport We Call Costco Shopping

I have a love/hate relationship with shopping at Costco. I’m enticed by the lure of buying toilet paper and Ziploc bags only twice a year, but repelled by shopping with more people than were in my graduating class, in a building that could house my high school. Shopping at Costco is a contact sport for list-making people and isn’t for […]

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The Day My Words Came Back

I always had an abundance of words, both written and spoken. Walking into a crowd of new people was an expedition to introduce myself and collect more friends. As soon as I learned to write, I wrote letters. Relatives, friends, and pen-pals received several pages scribbled with experiences that thrilled or broke my heart. As I grew, I […]

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13 Ways to Maintain a Conference High @MindyJPeltier

13 Ways to Maintain a Conference High

A conference high comes from rubbing shoulders with like-minded people at an event related to work, faith, or hobby. We’re so filled with wisdom and inspiration, that we bubble-over with renewed zest for our calling or position. But once home, the demands of life nip at our heels like a tiny, yappy dog with a Napoleon complex. The toilet has ring-around-the collar, […]

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Type AAA! Girl Gone BBBad!

I’m a driven, organized type A personality with OCD tendencies. A large family and many hobbies keep me from being a total neat freak, but I love having my life organized. I love making lists and crossing things off my lists. Everything needs to be done yesterday, or at the latest, today. If my house is messy, my […]

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