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Alaska’s Valentine

At last, Alaska’s valentine arrives in February when the sunshine finally packs a little more heat and ventures noticeably higher in the sky.

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Healthy lifestyle works as “preventative medicine”

There is a seldom-discussed panacea, albeit not perfect, that could reduce health care costs. It’s called preventative medicine.

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Moving into the New Year

Dick doesn't believe in New Year's resolutions and neither do I. They never worked, I think, because they were not affirming in any way. 

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Suitcase Rubble

While suitcase rubble has a certain charm to it – it has a way of cropping up outside of suitcases, and indeed, all over the house.

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Döstädning

In Sweden, there is a cleaning and decluttering concept called “döstädning”. Translated, this means…gulp…here we go…death cleaning.

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Shedding Mental Clutter

Clutter gives me anxiety and mental hives. It makes me itch. Picking up my children’s toys is my least favorite activity.

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Making Memories: Presence over Presents

Christmas Day in the morning is like any other day in the barn. The horses are hungry. Our two dogs’ collars jangle in the dark.

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Internet offers answers to life’s perplexing questions

I felt that perhaps there are some folks out there who like me, keep wondering about things that the internet can answer.

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Do we own our stuff, or does it own us?

The difficulty for many of us, I believe, is that WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF OUR STUFF, and a lot of folks don’t want it!

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Making Emily Post Proud, or not

We aren't after the Emily Post, finishing school effect. We are after cultivating a heart of graciousness and hospitality in our children.

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Thanks

The season for thanks is here, and what a wonderful time it can be. Truly, I can't say that autumn is my favorite time of year.

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Norwegian Lefse Livens Holiday Festivities

In the end, the most important ingredient in making lefse has always been the family and friendships that brighten this season.

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Woods to Wellbeing

We enjoy harvesting wild game from the mountainous Alaskan terrain, and our successful hunts are the foundation for many family recipes.

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Retirement Options: To Stay or Go during Alaska’s Winter

My husband and I have cast our lot squarely in the "stay" camp. Our retirement includes a small ranch and animals.

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