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Appreciation: A Truly Humane Art

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. Dale Carnegie in How to Win Friends & Influence People There is…

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There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting

Releasing tomorrow, November 1st, just as we begin to usher in the most wonderful time of the year, I’m so pleased to announce the official release of, There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting! My number-one favorite subject to discuss.  Please join me in welcoming this inspirational and highly practical resource to your reading library.… Continue reading There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting

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An Excerpt from Faith, Friends, and Other Flotation Devices

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
Before I ventured on the trip to Alaska…I wondered if I would enjoy the trip. After all, it rains almost every day, it’s downright chilly (even in the summer) and it’s so far from Michigan. I did a lot of…

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What a Wonderful World

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
I’m not sure about you…but lately, I haven’t been thinking that this IS such a wonderful world. Have you? Seems like everyone I talk to is upset and troubled about something (or many things…) Life is not easy. It’s not.…

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Boredom: One of Childhood’s Greatest Gifts

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
I was in the car running what felt like a zillion errands and couldn’t wait to get home, unload the groceries, packages, and whatever else, when I heard a radio host ask his interviewee what he felt was the greatest…

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The Gift of Left-Handedness in a Right-Handed World

Originally posted on Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind:
I’ve been thinking lately about the little person in this photo and wondering what he will be like. Will he be a lot like his older brother? Or a complete opposite? Someone who leans heavily toward sports? music? reading? an…