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  • Health & wellbeing,  Home & Family,  Inspirational quotes,  Photo stories

    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.…

  • Aging well,  Events & news,  Home & Family

    Tune in this evening

    I never know which posts or column links will hit home when I hit “Publish.” So I’m always surprised and happy to hear from readers who follow this blog. Earlier this week, I received an email from radio personality Marie Osborne, who is guest-hosting the Mitch Album Show on WJR (AM 760 on the dial) with Steve Courtney. Marie read my recent Oakland Press column about family heirlooms and why millennials don’t want to inherit them. The topic resonated with her and she invited me to discuss the topic on her show. I’m honored to be asked — and looking forward to it. Tune in to WJR this evening at…

  • Community spirit,  Home & Family,  Life during COVID-19,  Photo stories

    A tourist in your hometown

    “Home is everything you can walk to.” ~Jerry Spinelli Remember when taking a summer vacation wasn’t considered a risk? There’s no denying that COVID-19 has changed how and where we travel. And with another variant of the virus on the rise, many people are opting to hang out on their own deck or patio. It’s a good time to rediscover the attractions of your hometown — and reboot your sense of community. Is there an outdoor cafe, farmers’ market, boutique, bakery, park, or nature trail you haven’t visited near your neighborhood? A small change of scenery will do you a world of good — and benefit your local economy. ~CL…

  • Featured,  Grief and loss,  Home & Family,  Oakland Press columns,  Where I'm published

    Emotional baggage or timeless treasure?

    “If a gift has come to you wrapped in obligations and tied tightly with a ribbon of guilt, then it’s not really a gift at all.” ~Peter Walsh, professional organizer Organizing an estate sale is probably one of the toughest things we have to do after our parents die. If your folks collected as many family heirlooms as mine did, you’ll face the emotionally loaded task of deciding which items to keep and which ones to sell or give away. And what happens when your grown kids don’t want to inherit the family treasures? For starters, it helps to learn and understand the generational differences in what we value. My…