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About pwmja5

freelance writer, wife, mom, gardener, cook, and friend

Minimalism: Painting 101

As I shared in a previous post, I have been on a journey toward finding minimalism in my life. While minimalism often brings with it some challenging concepts – such as reducing possessions and evaluating priorities – I believe we … Continue reading

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The Perfect Purse

For most of my girl-and-woman life, I have been searching for the perfect purse. Not too big, not too small. Some pockets, but not too many. Deep enough that my wallet sits in there securely, but not so deep that … Continue reading

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Finding Minimalism

“Minimalism: the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”  — Joshua Becker My journey toward minimalism began – quite by accident – on a spring day nine years ago. … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Cities

On Saturday, April 28th, in Washington, DC, the White House correspondents’ dinner became the talk of the town after comedian Michelle Wolf’s jaw-dropping diatribe left even the most desensitized media members in the room squirming in their seats. In attendance … Continue reading

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My Hobbit Hole

I have a little hobbit hole at my house. It is quite a nice hobbit hole, if I do say so myself. It is cozy and quiet, with just enough room for one person – me. Now this is not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Books

  Technology is usually my friend – except when it is not. My latest episode of Me Vs. Technology occurred at 1:30 a.m. this past Sunday, when I accidentally locked my laptop keyboard without a clue on how to unlock … Continue reading

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The Price of Fake Friends

BBC News recently posted a report regarding a New York state investigation into a company, Devumi, which sells quantities of Twitter followers for a price. They also sell “likes” and “retweets” and even offer their service to other platforms as … Continue reading

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The Scrooge in All of Us

From a storytelling perspective, the Christmas season offers a premium selection of fascinating characters. Depending on which story line you most enjoy, the main characters range from Santa Claus to Mary,Joseph and the Christ Child of the Nativity scene, from … Continue reading

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Grieving While Running

“Everything I’m seeing and experiencing is telling me that we’re moving together through stages of grief. The hard part is, we’re also moving together through stages of a marathon. So we’re grieving while running. And we started the marathon with … Continue reading

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The Other Mary

“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.”  Matthew 28:1 The other Mary. In the many years I have celebrated Easter Sunday in … Continue reading

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