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It’s a great day!

“There’s no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” ~Alexander Woollcott

I’ve just returned from a great vacation week of family fun and busyness. This morning, while waiting for my coffee to brew, I checked the wall calendar in my kitchen. The sight of a few blank spaces — no appointments! — immediately gave me a little thrill.

As much as I look forward to holidays and activities with family and friends, I also enjoy an occasional free day to spend any way I choose.

Commitments and deadlines give all of us a sense of purpose and direction, but being overbooked can feel like a burden. And even the happiest vacations can be tiring. Sometimes having a day of “nothing to do” is a gift to unfold and enjoy at your own pace. ~CL

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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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