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What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

 Harlem, by Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred?       Does it dry up       like a raisin in the sun?       Or fester like a sore—       And then run?       Does it stink like rotten meat?       Or crust and sugar over—       like a syrupy sweet?       Maybe it just sags       like a heavy load.       Or does it explode? What happens to a dream deferred?…

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Let Go and Let It Happen

I’ve been thinking a lot about Belize lately. Maybe it’s this Florida sunshine in December that’s triggering the memories. One thing I realize: Belize really, really changed me. From the way I live my days to the things I surround myself with… the people I attract and the activities I engage in… all of these have shifted. I’m transformed. Maybe…

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Letting Go and Learning Spanish

The biggest lesson of our homeschooling year so far: Learning Another Language Is Not Easy. Well, you probably knew that. I thought, however, that, given enough time to practice, my brain would be well capable of picking Spanish up like nobody’s business. I was wrong. First, time is a limited resource. There aren’t enough hours in a day to practice….

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Thoughts Become Things

Thoughts become things, says Mike Dooley in his Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic. Not the first time I’ve heard this concept, but for some reason, this time it’s sticking. His book is a NY Times Bestseller–and no wonder!–because who doesn’t want to live their best life possible? Thoughts become things. If you think it, it becomes…

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5 Ways to Stay Connected to People

It’s all about the people in our lives. But it’s sometimes so hard to remember this… and to nurture authentic face-to-face relationships in our modern era of Facebook, texting, and individual thinking. Many of us believe we can forge ahead on our own, finding happiness without a community behind us. It’s much easier to get a quick fix of other people online,…

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We Believe in Homeschooling

So, how’s homeschooling going? It’s a question we get often, asked with a healthy trace of disbelief that it can possibly be going well at all. As a new homeschooling family, we don’t know many people who have chosen this way of life and many of our friends are at least a little curious about why we’d want to teach…

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Your Life is A Work of Art, and All You Have to Do is See It

They say seeing is believing. But… I think it’s also safe to say believing is seeing. That is to say, you don’t SEE something until you BELIEVE it can exist. Why are so many of us refusing to believe life can be wonderful beyond our wildest imagination? Instead of believing, we focus our efforts on repressing what we really feel,…

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Does Everyone Have the Ability to Live Their Dreams?

Lately, I’ve been going strong on my path toward happiness and enlightenment… or so I thought. In addition to keeping a gratitude list going on Facebook in November (a daily affirmation of what I love about my life), I also recently chewed my way through several great books about living in the moment, slowing things down, and practicing gratitude every…

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Settling into Gratitude

The kids aren’t up yet. I have to get my shower and get ready for our trip out to Ohio to have dinner with my dad, his girlfriend, and her family. But right now, I’m enjoying this moment. Gratitude. On this Thanksgiving day, it’s the buzz word. But what does it really mean? I’m thankful today but forget about being…

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Think It, Believe It — and It Happens

Hello on this cold and snowy Sunday. There was a time when a day like this would send me into a negative orbit… “WHY does it have to be so cold? WHY do I live in such a God-forsaken place?” I live on one of the Great Lakes (a glacial lake, by the way). Our area gets about 90 inches…

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Moment

Sitting here on a quiet Monday morning in west Texas, waiting for the camper’s hot water heater to warm my tiny shower in my tiny bathroom, waiting for everyone else to wake up so we can get on the road to Dallas. I’m looking forward to visiting my brother and his family in Dallas. I only see them a couple…

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