In the past, autumn encouraged a rebirth in my life. New school years, new adventures, new careers. This September, both children spread their wings and flew far away from our home. The quiet of their absence combined with the lack of social interactions for work and pleasure sent me into a more monastic lifestyle than…

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When the world becomes overwhelming, too many emails, non-stop drama on social media, never-ending news cycles, I head out to a place where my phone doesn’t work and the only interruptions I receive are from otters playing on the side of the river or ducks flying overhead, using the water as a superhighway from one…

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Fresh flowers alter the stress of my house. A vase of something bright and colorful always sits on kitchen island, and today I added a fall bouquet to the dining room. In a few weeks, I’ll add in the pumpkins and Halloween decorations, but for now, this simple transition helps make me appreciate the cooler…

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My writing journey has brought me into the world of Downton Abbey and the Northern Yorkshire Moors. At twelve years old, I spent a summer in Ripon, England and treasured the beauty of the area. This past summer, I journeyed to Scotland and hiked through the Highlands and miles of fragrant heather. The house above…

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