A Simple Life

My Back-To-School Intent is to Keep It Simple. For these last two weeks of summer, I have been in major organizing mode. School supplies and uniforms, after-school activities, work strategy and planning, setting up speaking engagements and travel (which means coordination with my husband and mom!), cleaning…

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Do You Like Dividing the World Up Into Categories?

I love taxonomies, categories, ways of dividing people into groups. If you’re the same way, take these quizzes to find out what categories describe you: 1. Are you an under-buyer or an over-buyer? I’m an under-buyer. 2. Are you an abstainer or a moderator? I’m an abstainer,…

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Are You More Drawn to Simplicity or to Abundance?

I love dividing the world into categories. Abstainers and moderators. Radiators and drains. Leopards and alchemists. Marathoners and sprinters (formerly known as “tortoises and hares”–I like this terminology better, how about you?) I’ve come up with a new distinction, but I’m still turning it over in my…

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The Problem of Spiritual Jargon

My paternal grandmother, of whom I still have the fondest of memories, was a smart, but poorly educated, illiterate woman who lived a relatively happy life in a small, poor Nigeria village called Iresi.  She told me the most fascinating traditional Nigerian tales to help me understand…

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