Falling for Fall

Falling for Fall
Fall is best known as the season of endings; the end of the growing season, the end of summer and the end of long lazy days. For me, fall has always meant beginnings. Maybe it is the teacher in me, but spring has always brought endings, while fall brings a new year with new possibilities. I love the excitement of a new school year, new classes, new students and new school supplies. I love that my daughter shares the same excitement for a new year.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

I first stumbled across the idea of mindfulness, while looking into a magazine called Flow (Joe still giggles every time I mention the magazine and its name). Flow is a magazine that focuses on a love of paper, and has become one of my favorite reads. One of the main themes of the articles is mindfulness. Since that first encounter with the idea, I have been seeing it pop up more and more. It was a focus at my school where we had a few days of mindfulness training this winter. Another one of my favorite magazines, The Magnolia Journal, featured mindfulness last spring.

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The Text Message

The Text Message
I have been thinking a lot about how I spend my time recently. How to make the most of my time and make my hours count; and how to feel proud of what I have done and accomplished at the end of the day or week. Time is precious, and it is so easy to let “stuff” take up more time than it is probably worth. I started thinking about this while talking to a friend about all the notes I have given her, and other friends over the years. We had a thoughtful conversation about texting, and it led me to writing the following piece.

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The Notebook

The Notebook

For a while and a variety of reasons, I have been a little down. I could not get out of my head. I was trapped obsessing on all the bad in each day. I was so intensely concentrating on what was wrong, I forgot to find joy in my days....

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The Done List

The Done List
I love, like really love lists and plans. it’s probably the teacher in me, but they give me joy, a sense of control, comfort, and even excitement. I find joy in everything about lists: I love to create them, I love to check off items from them, I even love just looking at them and seeing all the potential and productivity they have to offer.

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