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Why This Is A Good Time For Life Planning

“You have been given a gift—your life. What will you do with it?” – ― Michael Hyatt, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want In 2016 I embarked on composing a Life Plan.  I wrote about the process in a series of posts at that time. I followed the […]

Four Sweet Attributes of Strut The Cat

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.  – James Herriot Judging from the amount of time I manage to spend watching animal videos on social media, there is no doubt we are enamored with our pets.  At Maison Steinbuchel, we have cats. For the moment four, two upstairs and two for the back stairs.  Each of the […]

How An Attic Is Practical While Beautifully Mysterious

“As the years pass, I keep thinking that our greatest lack today is an attic.  Modern homes never have them, with the result that young people live only in their own generation, feeling no intimate connection with the past.  Their roots will go deeper if their homes have attics?” from “More Than Petticoats” – the chapter […]

How To Plan For Wildcards – Planning The Unknowns

“Always, Always have a plan” ― Rick Riordan I plan.  Even when I know a plan is likely to change, I still plan.  It just feels better when I have a framework defined before the week begins.  This puts me in the action rather than reaction mode, accomplishing several things: I saves mental, emotional and, in […]

Old Drawers And An Honest Inherited Tendency

Heredity is the law through which the individual receives from his parents by birth his chief vital forces and tendencies, his physical and spiritual capital. AMORY HOWE BRADFORD, Heredity and Christian Problems Old drawers, or more exactly, drawers that are no longer useful as drawers but remain in tact, call to me.  If you have read […]

Multiplying Days On Earth With Airplanes

“That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”   Deut 11: 21 A couple of years ago I was privileged to be part of a delegation who converged  at the Textron Customer […]

A Time Tested Lesson In Processing Loss And Grief

“Trials make you strong. Failure makes you humble. Challenges make you strive. Life keeps you going and growing” ― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle Over the past months, the world, literally, has been in a state of shock.  This pandemic, this silent thief, has us all dealing with loss at many levels.  The loss: […]

A Father’s Day Tribute – Saying Adieu To Daddy Joe

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton My father passed on in 2000 after battling cancer.  When He died, my father-in-law, Retired Major Joseph F. Cullen,  very sweetly said that he would be willing to fill in as “dad”.  It meant a lot to me, […]

Rescue Your Unique Family Stories – They Matter

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a (unique family) story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?” ― Linda Weaver Clarke This time a couple of years ago, I was preparing […]