#jewelryboxstories: a ring from Auntie Lyd.

Auntie Lyd gave me this ring when I was in elementary school. It was made entirely out of plastic and featured my “birthstone.”  I loved it.  Auntie Lyd had been selling Mary Kay at the time (I think that’s where she got the ring from). The ring now barely fits my pinky finger and clearly…

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#jewelryboxstories: Fake Plastic Teeth

I have a weird looking pair of fake plastic teeth in my jewelry box. For friends who know me, this would make total sense. I have three massive Rubbermaid bins in our attic filled with dress up stuff.  A girl needs to be prepared, right?! But these teeth share a different story.  One of finding…

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when things seem timely, pay attention.

Two little gifts arrived in my inbox this week. A newsletter from Alexandra Franzen and another from Radical Creative Sanctuary (written by Danette Relic). I say gifts because both have already made a difference for me this week, and I’m so thankful.  I thought I’d pass their tips / advice along to you… Alexandra Franzen…

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#jewelryboxstories: Grandma Beatrice’s Brooch

I used to sneak into her bedroom and look through her treasure chests. They sat on top of two long dressers, draped in intricate doilies she had crocheted herself.  One peek inside and I could see the handfuls of sparkly jewels.  Grandma Beatrice had brooches with clustered gems and necklace strands that glimmered. I thought…

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What’s in Your Jewelry Box?

What if something were to happen to me, would Eric be able to tell the kids what was inside my jewelry box? Could he say, Charlie, these are the diamond earrings your Mom wore on our wedding day. When her Grandma Beatrice passed away, she wanted her to have them.  Eric doesn’t know this, only…

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food that reminds me of family.

It’s funny how certain foods can remind you of someone.  Here’s a quick list I put together of food that reminds me of family members… Gram. Candy Corn Sweet Georgia Browns Those banana marshmallow candies. Strawberry marshmallow candies. York Peppermint Patties Chocolate Covered Cherries Milkshakes Chicken Fingers and Fries Chips and dip Macaroni Goulash Creamed…

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broken open: how difficult times can help us grow.

The philosopher William James wrote that there are two kinds of people in this world – the Once-Born and the Twice-Born…  Once-Born Once-Born people do not stray from the familiar territory of who they think they are and what they think is expected of them.  If fate pushes them to the edge of Dante’s famous…

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