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The holidays are upon us! That usually means great food, beautiful decorations and time with family and friends. But let’s be honest: The holidays in a normal year are bittersweet. They're wonderful and joyous in theory, but the reality can often be stressful and exhausting and, for some, lo…

My husband has waged war on honeysuckle. Exactly when this plant species was brought to the United States is unknown. It may have been 1906 or as early as 1806. What’s not to love, people must have thought. A fast-growing shrub with abundant flowers and a sweet smell. So benign, in fact, tha…

There are all sorts of people doing cool things in Nashville. People are making music and making bags, brewing beer and writing biographies. They are running health care companies and nonprofits and banks and everything in between. Many of them are pioneers in their field. Not many of them a…

I learned a long time ago from a reputable self-assessment test that I’m a “thorough processor.” Sounds like something you’d say about a slow learner or a very effective cooking appliance. I was told it means that you need all the relevant information you can collect (and, thanks to the inte…

I used to hate January. It always seemed to be less about the promising start of a new year than the depressing end of all that good holiday cheer. The festive glow fades into dark cold. The loose reins on indulgences get a serious yank. Time to hit the gym. Time to cut calories. Shape up. H…

My Christmas wardrobe consists primarily of a red faux-vintage T-shirt I got from Target a few Decembers ago. It has a Santa face on it with the words “I Believe” written in bold cursive. I wear it Christmas morning, when we decorate our tree and at various festive gatherings throughout the …

There’s a brand new year right around the corner, with January’s hopes in tender places inside us. But before we kiss 2019 goodbye, let’s reflect on the blessings and heartaches of the year.

A few years ago, mostly out of curiosity, I visited a seer. One observation stood out: “There are signs all around you,” she said, “and you see them but don’t think they have meaning. Pay attention to them.”

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