Got stuff?

Too bad… It’s  likely that no one else wants your furniture, china, or collectibles. At a presentation called “Keep the best and get rid of the rest” sponsored by the Arlington County, VA 55+ program, presenter Matthew Quinn of Quinn’s Auction Galleries gave a “State of the stuff” status report. Shift happens The 20th century Great…

A declaration of independence

Each year on July 4th, United States citizens celebrate independence. In 1776 in Philadelphia, the Second Continental Congress drafted and adopted a statement that we call the Declaration of Independence. The thirteen colonies announced liberation from British rule, forming what became the United States of America. But of course, you know that… The holiday inspired me…

I’ll Be Right There

I can’t even count the number of times I have said, “Just a minute, I’ll be right there,” to my kids. Embroiled in the minutia required to keep a family fed, clothed and running, I often missed some of the fun, or at least, joined it already in progress. Eventually, it became a habit —…

Aspirations & organization: the magic of beginning

New year. New calendar. New goals. January brings the opportunity to review last year, looking at what did or didn’t happen while anticipating the year ahead. Every day is a launching pad to the future, but the beginning of the year feels particularly auspicious. As you contemplate the upcoming year, create a vision. Start at the end…

EAT THIS: EVEN IF IT IS UGLY

We were always told to eat all of our vegetables, but who knew the cost of wasting them is so staggering? “Every year 2.9 trillion pounds of food- about a third of all that the world produces- never gets consumed,” reports Elizabeth Royte in this month’s National Geographic Magazine. You and I are responsible for…