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Several years ago, I interviewed Jeanne Marie Laskas, a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, who wrote the weekly column Significant Others. I asked her how she came up with a column topic every week for over 14 years. She said her ideas came from thinking about what moved or touched her that week. I often ask myself the same question when trying to come up with a blog topic. What has caused an emotional reaction in me? The answer to that question came instantly this morning  -- the … [Read more...]

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

Until a few weeks ago, a sign hung above our kitchen sink that said, "The best things in life aren't things." Never has that felt more true. At night, instead of sleeping lately, I worried about our cross-country move and  all our things -- what to toss, keep, or give away. It's an endless process. Just when I thought we'd tossed, packed or given away everything possible, we'd open a drawer or a closet, and find more things. Packing or saying goodbye to our things was the easy part. Saying … [Read more...]