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You know those days—or weeks or months—when you speak to your heart in frustration, saying, “get it together” as you glare at your mess? Your mess of discouragement and tear

s. Or your mess of over-indulgence and its unwelcome consequences. Or your mess of over-commitment and the stress of an intense schedule, or of crossing those boundaries with your boyfriend (again), or of your short fuse and hot temper with your family, or of secretly partying on the weekends. Or a unique combination of those and more. Portions of your heart feel like an untended, overgrown garden with weeds tangling and choking all the fragile growth. And other portions of your heart have shriveled up like grass in a dry wasteland. You don’t know whether to address the cracked desert or the thick overgrowth, but you do know for certain that they both fall into the mess category. So get...

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Top 17 Closet Sets for 2020

  INCREWAY Rod Support, 4 Pack Stainless Steel Rod Socket Closet Pole Sockets Flange Set with Screws, Rod Holder Up to 1″(25mm) Diameter, Easy Installation or Quick Removal (Round & U Shape) - 【Stainless steel materail】 — constructed of high quality stainless steel, anti-rust, scratch-proof, sturdy and anti-corrosion, great durability and dependability. 【Easy to install】 — each set comes as a mated pair one is a round socket, while the other is “u” shaped, which allows for easy installation or quick removal of the rod should the need arise. 【More stable and firm】 — each bracket has 3 holes fixed design, making it more stable and solid. 【fits 1″ diameter rod】 — they are suitable for those closet poles of which...

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The summer before plague masks took over the Chaunce School for Girls, my whole world kind of gasped

Everything suddenly got really slow and nervous. It was that moment that happens right before the scream. The world in general, and not just my world, was a dumpster fire. You couldn’t tune into a stream without hearing bad news. Between the Y-Plague and the weird parties that parents were throwing for their daughters when they turned thirteen, I was stressed out. Nervous, even. Unless I was with my best friend Paloma Xenteras, I was hiding in my room, pretending none of it was happening. I’d fold my clothes and put things in proper places for hours. Then, the next day, I’d do the same thing. And then the next day, I’d move the furniture.  And then my personal bad...

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Frosty

Frosty When I was making the bed this morning I saw that all of the roofs on the houses across the street were white.  They are not usually white, they are black.  That meant that we'd had frost overnight.  The grass blades were shaded white and glittered when the sun came out. The recipe today was an old favorite:  Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls.  It's really a ground turkey stew with onions, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and cabbage.  A Lot of Cabbage.  I cooked up another pot of brown rice so that I could put a serving of rice on top of the stew when I portioned it out.   Making the stew meant that there was three-quarters of a pound of ground turkey...

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Dad

s The Holiday Gift Guide is our largest project of the year! It's a large effort that we have been working on for months. We personally try all of the items and then share the best products and gift ideas in the gift guide. We hope that you enjoy this selection of gift ideas for 2020!  The Husqvarna Automower is a game changer for dads! My husband received this hard working robotic mower last spring and he raves that it is one of the best gifts that he has ever received because it reduces his weekly chore list. He saves over an hour each week now that he doesn't have to mow our lawn. I'm sure that mowing the lawn...

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