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Anticipation

Anticipation

Dear Katie,

We sat at brunch, chatting about the week ahead over our blueberry bagels, but we couldn’t help but overhear their joy.

Happiness has a way of carrying through the air, touching everyone within its reach... Read More

A common thread

A common thread

Each evening, after I kiss Craig goodnight, I reach for my phone.

Not to check email.

Or Facebook.

Or Twitter.

I close each day by looking through my Instagram feed.

I scroll through so much loveliness… gorgeous babies, smiling kids, fantastic meals, memories captured.

So many small moments… common threads that connect us all.

That’s what Instagram is for me… a way to witness the small moments of others and share my own... Read More

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Random Acts of Kindness

2013 Weekly Challenge #26: Random Acts of Kindness   Being kind is probably a part of your every day life. After all, you have to be nice, in general, to get what you want and to keep the people you love happy.

But what about being kind simply for the sake of being kind?

ARIA (American Renaissance Institute of Arts) Free Kids Fair

ARIA (American Renaissance Institute of Arts) Free Kids Fair

ELK GROVE, CA - Elk Grove and surrounding communities have been overlooked and under-appreciated when it comes to a regional theater and community arts center.

The need for the American Renaissance Institute of Arts is staggering, as community members thirst for arts education and performances ranging from ballet to musicals to theater to orchestral, jazz and ensemble-like performances. The research shows that nothing of this kind has been proposed, or even thought of in the private sector.

This venture was conceived from the ground-up to be self-sustaining, year in and year out without having to depend on money from rich patrons of the arts, without the need for grants, loans or angel investors.

Free Diversionary Tactics to Beat the Heat

Free Diversionary Tactics to Beat the Heat

Momservation: You’re guaranteed to have a good time when you entertain yourself.

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The western United States is doing its impression of a frying pan right now. In Sacramento, where we live, going outside is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. We aren’t even venturing into our pool because it’s doing its impression of a hot tub.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: The POWER of Encouragement!

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: The POWER of Encouragement!
2013 Weekly Challenge #23: The Power of Encouragement G. K. Chesterton, an English journalist, once wrote, “The really great person is the person who makes every person feel great.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cooking with Mom

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cooking with Mom

For many of us, some of our strongest and most treasured family memories center around the kitchen and the comfort foods that connect us to them. Does your family have a secret dish that literally has no recipe? Kimberly Noe’s family does! Kimberly shares her story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love. After years of watching her mom cook, she finally asks for those “recipes” and learns something besides how to cook a certain dish... Read More