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The Professional Guest: Escaping Insanity

The often-quoted definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” For alcoholics, this might take the form of trying to satisfy the endless quest for satiation and gratification by varying the routine: switching from whiskey to wine, only drinking after 5 p.m., exercising strenuously the next day, mixing liquor with water instead of soda, denial that any problem exists because one is not yet homeless, lost a job or spouse or home (or lying in the ditch like that horrible drunk next door); the list goes on. 2,816 more words

Blast From the Past: Coca-Cola

In our newest storyline, we’re sending you back to the good ‘ole days (whenever they may be) and exploring what products used to look like. Whether they’ve shrunk or not over the years, we’ll still give you a glimpse into the past, via items like… 191 more words


Red alert

On this most recent trip to Carcassonne we did a lot of window shopping. Once we move we won’t have a car so we used the rental car this time to visit stores on the outskirts of town. 212 more words

Americans In Carcassonne

A Bathroom Cabinet Eruption (Photo Challenge: Victory)

With the terror attacks in Paris in the news, my worries about cleaning out my house seem even more trivial than usual (especially since Sam and I just got home from Belgium). 418 more words


Encouragement to Job Seekers

It has been a while since I wrote a post, but today is special and I want to highlight a message that I received.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to start working on a project in an area that I haven’t done for a while…assist individuals going through downsizing. 403 more words

Moving Into The Arms Of A Community

It’s been quiet at the blog lately. For the last two months, I’ve spent most of my spare time sorting, culling, cleaning, packing, moving, reorganising, working, parenting, and flopping into bed at the end of the day. 1,383 more words

Principles And Ethics

so, this happened.

it all began with the chickens.
of course it did.

our pretty little girls had begun to free-range.  or most accurately, the fence we put up was too short, so the chickens hopped it & proceeded to roam into both neighbors’ yards.   501 more words

Intentional Living