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Simple rituals

“When life feels like an emotional roller coaster, steady yourself with simple rituals. Make the bed. Water the plants. Rinse off your own bowl and spoon. Simplicity attracts calmness and wisdom.” ~Marc and Angel Chernoff, Marc and Angel Hack Life

There’s great comfort in creating order out of chaos. The effort it takes to make your bed, for instance, is rewarded when you pull back your sheets and retire for the night. I used to think that being tidy was overrated by professional organizers — but now I believe the opposite is true. Whenever I’m struggling with bigger issues, clearing the clutter from my bathroom counter or my desk improves my mood. What “simple rituals” keep you grounded? ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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