I was planning on a gleeful, goofy post about donating a trash bag stuffed to ripping with child-sized Santa Claus hats to The NOAH Center, a no-kill animal shelter in Stanwood, today. Because I did. Blasted things had lived under my bed for a YEAR, creating dust bunnies, multiplying like them for all I knew,…

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I’m humbled by my clients. Clients on public assistance who, when we clear their spaces, are careful to remind me to bring their items to charity. Who volunteer their time in houses of worship, museums, their hospice communities. Clients who have helped indigent friends and family pay for my help. And today, I got a…

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I chased Tuesday’s meteors for hours. Southern Delta Aquariids and Alpha Capricornids beckoned, at their most flamboyant 7-28 -29, and my schedule let me venture forth on an increasingly demanding whim. I set out around 8PM, heading to Skykomish, elevation 928 feet in the Cascade Mountains. I got very close, the sun starting to set,…

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I’m on the Board of the NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) Seattle Area Chapter. Have been, on and off, for years. I’ve stepped into a new role, Secretary, this year. Can ya imagine that Secretary involves a LOT of paperwork? Yup. And our chapter has a goal of going paperless. So I’m…

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Sunday July 26, 10:00AM – 12:00PM PST – $10, registration through EventBrite Sunday July 26, 1:30PM – 3:30PM PST – $10, registration through Eventbrite Sunday July 26, 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST – $10, registration through Eventbrite Monday July 27, 11:00AM – 1:00PM PST– $10, registration through Eventbrite   Sneak Peak at the Virtual Organizer on the…

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I used to suffer from a medical condition known as early adulthood – my 20s. Without going into gruesome detail, I knew myself well enough to know that there were predictable days when all I could cope with were the most ridiculous, administrivial, mind-numbing, routine, easy tasks I could find, like filing. I’ve even posted…

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old movie projector

Mailchimp is a tool for social media marketing. This blog post isn’t an endorsement of Mailchimp. But it is a salute to The Rocket Science Group, the company behind Mailchimp, for giving back with ingenuity par excellence. Poke around on MailChimp’s website and you’ll find MailChimp Presents, an ever-changing feast of short films about entrepreneurs,…

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This April 15, 2020 article by UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center affiliates Michael Amster and Jake Eagle, “Stuck at Home? How to Find Awe and Beauty Indoors” is just amazing. The subtitle “During quarantine, you can gain a sense of perspective by discovering what’s wondrous in the clutter of your home.” caught my eye.…

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Pocket watches

Carpe diem, Latin for “pluck the day,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is part of a larger quote by the Roman poet Horace: “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.” Horace lived the philosophy of welcoming life moment-by-moment: an ancient sage empowered by a now scientifically-validated concept of a healthier,…

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