Magical Ties on Sale This Week

  • April 26, 2020
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It’s a tough time right now, no need to explain further. So, I’m reducing the Kindle price of Magical Ties for a week. Hope you enjoy.

Working from Home for the First Time? Read This.

  • April 20, 2020
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I’ve freelanced as a full timer at various points in my life and have only one piece of advice: Set limits.

I recently spoke with a friend who is currently working from home, and she sounded overwhelmed.

“There’s so much work. I’m trying to catch up but…” It sounded like all she was doing was working.

I’ve been there. My home office consisted of one corner in my living room. Having my computer on a desk meant that work was always just there. There was no respite. Everything sat in plain sight, condemning me after I stopped. I’d eat a meal and then gravitate toward the work.

So, I bought a computer cabinet that didn’t look like a computer cabinet. It looks like a lovely armoire. When closed, it’s easy to imagine that there are folded quilts inside. It gave me the space I needed in my head.

Set limits. Make sure you set your timer as well. Take breaks. Pretend you’re in the office. But do feel free to wear sweatpants.

 

 

Happy Holidays!

  • April 12, 2020
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Books From My Library: A List to Soothe, Inspire, and Keep You Going

  • April 06, 2020
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Many people are familiar with Little House on the Prairie as a TV show but haven’t read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books on which it was based. The books reflect the time period more accurately, and the simple, clean prose brings me into their characters’ lives so easily each time I dip into them. When they didn’t have something, they made do. When troubles came, they weathered them. The Long Winter is a testament to surviving blizzards, no school, and food shortages (spoiler: they all live). And for those who get hungry at some of the food descriptions, check out:

The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories, by Barbara M Walker.

For simpler choices in cooking, I love The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, by Donna Klein. I’m more likely to have onions, carrots, and lentils in my kitchen than cream to make butter with.

Feeling introspective? In need of meditation advice? Journey of Awakening, by Ram Dass, is a good place to start.

And finally, for amusement, This Time Together, by Carol Burnett, is an especially good read if you can’t focus. Each chapter is a standalone piece and short, with sections that had me laughing.

What are you reading to stay relaxed and positive?

 

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