Golden Joinery

Let’s talk about lessons learned, shall we? Is a three year old’s birthday party ever going to be perfect? How about a family photo shoot? But funny how the unintentional moment captured becomes the treasured favorite.

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Miss Minnie’s Legacy

A visit to my childhood home, “Up Yonder”, is a departure from city life. Through the gate and up the hill, Miss Minnie throws her arms open wide and hollars “Howdy, I’m just so proud to be here!” Her hospitable legacy is echoed in nature. Thousands of daffodil blossoms grace the hill side, as if to say hello and welcome. They open their faces to the sun each morning and close to the moon each night.

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#glazed

Early this morning, as a parent volunteer, I carried what seemed like a tower of donut boxes into our children’s school. Approaching the teachers lounge with this stack of glazed goodness, I was greeted by wide eyes and even wider smiles. This got me thinking about the magic of “glazed”.

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It was about (tea) time!

A little history: 100 years ago, a trailblazing group of women were shaking things up on the political scene. They became known as the Suffragists, and their mission was clear cut and simple: They wanted ratification of the 19th amendment, which would afford women the right to vote. This revered group of ladies handled much of their business over tea- And on what turned out to be quite an historic day for women, they gathered in the lobby of the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville, before taking the Tennessee capitol by storm. Their voices were heard. The Volunteer state came through for the Suffragists, and in 1920, women gained the right to vote!

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Starting the Day Right With Blue and White!

“It’s much too beautiful a day” I can hear my Mimi say. It is a turn of phrase that just becomes her. But when these words depart her lips, they hold more meaning than just the obvious get out and enjoy the day….As in her favorite song, In The Garden, “She goes to the garden alone” each morning-VERY early-and in these early hours, she does the things that make up her personal routine and feed her soul. And then she sets out to make it happen!

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Family Call~A Sunday Tradition

Living Intentionally: “Family Call”Throughout my formative years, my parents encouraged the good habits of productivity, personal responsibility, and self-motivation.  On Sunday evenings in a time set aside and referred to as “Family Call”, we would gather to powwow.  It was our version of a family forum.

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White After Labor Day?

Back in my professional fundraising days, I started a side-hustle called StyleFusion- a business brand for my creative outlet, an opportunity to be paid for the freelance writing, event management, design, decorating, and staging work I loved doing. The name StyleFusion came from working with the concept that someone’s personal style is unique, and can extend past the closet-dressing the home and table.

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Life Equity

My mother wrote a book called Life Equity, based on the concept that as women, we can choose to assign real value to the wisdom, and expertise we garner from experiences that shape our lives. As women, our lives often follow a more circuitous route. Men have a tendency to have a trajectory-or starting line- through their careers. Women take time for children, family members who need care, community service. Our goal should be to find the fulfillment in every season of life.

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Finding the Quiet

I recognize the value in a rare moment that comes along for me these days…I call it the quiet, and when it arrives, I have trained myself to abide within (picture me zen!) This morning I found the quiet, or it found me, and I have enjoyed every second…reading, writing, refueling.

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