Tips & Techniques

1-800-Got-Weird

1-800-Got-Junk is playing a radio ad about the weird things its team members haul. The 2017 list is here. The eclectic selections include a large statue of Gentleman Jack of Jack Daniels lineage, TV personality memorabilia, and a small boat. The ad amuses and frustrates me. Yes, the stuff is sometimes unconventional. But in context,…

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How to Store Your Kids Sentimental Items Long-Term

Perfect timing for the re-release of this November 3, 2018 Sparefoot article by Rachel Hartman – just after the holidays, just before Valentine’s Day, and heading into the stretch towards the end of the school year.   How to Store Your Kids Sentimental Items Long-Term   When a child enters your life, a mass of clothes,…

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Rituals and Routines

I haven’t had a regular subway commute since September 1997. Started them in April 1986. And I still don’t really like cars: I’m hardened against my distaste after many long years of necessity. I’ll never be one to suddenly exclaim “LET’S GO FOR A DRIVE!” In fact, if I’m ever heard to say such a…

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The Happiness Project, a Gretchen Rubin inspiration

I am writing this while cold, hungry, caught up in the vaguest beginnings of a headache, and superbly grumpy after suffering through administrivia all afternoon. Because, of course, taxes. THBBFT, to quote Bill the Cat. Blustering through the puzzles was the only rational option. I don’t remember who taught me “administrivia,” but it is one of…

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Hometalk

Hometalk is dangerous. Downright evil. A Vermicious Knid of the Internet, snarfing up the attention of anyone  – or at least me – foolish enough to take a glimpse.   Am I a DIYer? NOT EVEN CLOSE. This NYC kid grew up in apartments, and learned from an early age that janitors are your best friends…

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THE MADHZUB HUG CLUB

Be it known that: _________________________________________________ is a participant in good standing, and is free to give and/or receive hugs at any time or place. No expiration date: no monthly dues. Membership automatically renewed whenever one hugs. Make hug anemia a dis-ease of the past. Waaaay back in September 2018, I met Madhzub at the “Only…

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An Oasis in Time by Marilyn Paul, Ph.D.

An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest can Save Your Life, like It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys is a gentle, good-natured look at human tendencies. But the books couldn’t otherwise be more different. It’s Hard focuses on STUFF, anything from the paperwork for paying the bills to…

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Pollyanna – the ACTUAL book

The original Pollyanna,  written by Eleanor H. Porter, published by L.C. Page and Company, 53 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. 1913, eventually spewed 15 sequels. I’ve referred to it myself in prior posts, using the now-ubiquitous, sometimes sneered, definition of “a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything (Merriam-Webster still…

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How to Overcome Mental Fatigue

Many thanks to Cindy Jobs, who shared this on LinkedIn. I need these reminders myself! How To Overcome Mental Fatigue, According To An Expert Forbes Magazine, Sep 25, 2018, 01:34pm, Noma Nazish  

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