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A Life Can’t Be Measured in Time …

Sometimes, you meet people who seem to have figured out how to live life their way.  They’re not running around all the time, bound to “should’s.” They seem to find the good in everyone and patiently look for it. They’re…

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The Evidence of Who We Were and the Tales of How We Loved

` I have learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved.” Ellen Goodman, The Boston Globe and Pulitzer prize winning…

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Office Reorg: Decluttering My New Office Space

“It’s so hard to stick to the decluttering. It’s just, well, boring.” I hear this often. Until you get into the decluttering and find long-lost items, money, photos with memories, and something your elementary school friend gave you, the serendipitous…

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"No, I Don't Need Your Stuff."

When she was downsizing her home, my grandmother would bring goodies on her visits. I didn’t know she was downsizing for an eventual move at the time or that would have given me perspective, I’m pretty sure. I was just…

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Organizing Memorabilia

Before you dive in … Before you dive in to organize your memorabilia, think about your reasons for wanting to do so. Some typical possibilities are: Connect your present with your past. Honor the past, without getting stuck there. Pass…

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The House that Mom Built: It's not about our stuff

This is the story of how a person’s legacy can live on, in a unique way, though honoring all she stood for. And it’s about a house, too. It’s a story of how we let go of the past, keeping…

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