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Sometimes, In Fall, Things Fall Apart
Sometimes, In Fall, Things Fall Apart

I love fall. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year where I live, in North Carolina. But fall can be bittersweet in more ways than one. We lose the shade and the privacy that leaves provide from our oak and maple trees. We lose our ability to expose our...

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A Religion of One’s Own
A Religion of One’s Own

I recently devoured A Religion of One's Own by Thomas Moore, writer of another great book called Care of the Soul, which I also read a few years back (and highly reccomend). I was drawn to this book in large part due to my own interest in issues of meaning. Big,...

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Valentine’s Day Hacks for Self Love
Valentine’s Day Hacks for Self Love

Valentine's Day is this coming Friday. Ugh. I mean, aaaaawwwww. It's really the co-opting of this "Hallmark holiday" by chocolatiers, florists, and, well, Hallmark, that bums me out. But really, I am all about love.  Friday is really a great day for Valentine's since...

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The Paradox of Acceptance
The Paradox of Acceptance

In Buddhist philosophy there is a well known concept relating to the paradox of acceptance. It states that when we accept things as they are, oftentimes challenging things that we don't really want to accept, it is then and only then that they can change. Mother's Day...

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