bringing joy and my journey towards minimalism

Ever since I began my journey towards minimalism - note the use of the word "towards" and not "to" - I doubt that I will ever fully embrace minimalism - anyway... as I was saying, ever since I began my journey towards minimalism, we jokingly use the term "bringing joy" - a lot. - the other morning on the way to the train: Me - I can tell this skirt is going to drive me nuts all day long. I'll probably…

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Reflections on a first birthday

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the dark, and you didn't even notice the darkness - until someone turns on the light? This describes the way I felt one year ago, when my granddaughter was born. She is like a light shining brightly in my life - a light that I didn't even realize I needed. And now - a year has passed by so very, very quickly. On her first birthday, Friday, I enjoyed my morning coffee on the…

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Spring Ramble at Lowell Lake

This winter was pretty much a bust for me - and the spring seemed to be a long time coming. It's finally here, though, and Greg and I managed to spend an afternoon at one of our favorite Vermont parks - Lowell Lake. It was one of those gray, misty kind of days - cool air, soft lighting and the forest scented with pine and lilacs. And while I am more of a sunshine kind of gal - I was just…

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Morning pages

I've kept journals off and on through the years, starting when I was in grade school - remember those diaries with the cute little lock and key? And then, of course, my gingham notebook... Currently, I have two journals - and honestly, I would have a lot more if I thought that I could keep up with them. There is something about books filled with blank pages - all the potential that they hold. Journal #2 - morning pages A couple of…

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Morning walks – Boston Public Garden

Whew - I am so thankful to have made it through last week. It was one of those crazy, busy put-your-head-down-and-get-it-done kind of weeks. This is the norm for this time of year - I always know it's coming - and yet... and yet.. One morning, as my commuter train pulled into Boston, I pondered - "hmmm, which subway line do I want to take to my office, this morning? orange or green?..." and then came to the conclusion - "NONE…

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Open shelves in the kitchen?

I admit it - when  photos of open shelves in the kitchen started appearing on Pinterest, I was decidedly not a fan. Don't they get dusty? don't they get messy? Who wants to look at a stack of plates and glasses, anyway?? Okay - you may now call me a convert! A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned needing to do a minor home improvement project. Yep, our cabinets at Away are falling apart. And while I would love nothing more…

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