Good News Headlines

Sure, headlines these days are not generally constructed to make you smile… (with the exceptions of Governor Gavin Newson handily beating the likes of talk show hosts & reality stars). Most headlines these days grab my stomach and twist it tighter. Flood, drought, misinformation, cynicism, division all churned into fear dominate every media push. But there is a Good News Movement that is shaking the negativity off for a few wonderful moments. Not to ignore the ills, but in the spirit of shifting the focus, I thought I’d share my Good News of the week. Of course that starts with my favorite activity…

 Woman is Still Swimming in Open Water in Chilly Vermont

After a Cold Swim a Woman Celebrates with a Hot Shower

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reduce, reuse, and recycle

Tonight is a recycled post with recycled ideas and recycled clothing. What better time than now to slow down, celebrate where you have been, and enjoy your treasures all over again? Summer is, after all, a perfect time for churning over your thoughts and your outfits and still Being Here Now. For being true to you. Here’s to that basic ideology and best life advice. Even our FLOTUS follows this creed. Message me your thoughts! #slowfashionrevolution #summerfashion2021 #betruetoyou #wearitagain #flotus

Nine Cent Girl

Hopefully, everyone is reducing, reusing, and recycling. I’m on board, but not just with my cardboard. I’m all about keeping my clothing, season after season, opting not to buy into each new trend that surfaces. When I look back through my photo stream, I’ve noticed I’m often wearing the same dress, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, for over a decade. So I ask you, why hop on the shopping train, why not instead, keep your garments wearing longer? This year, as floral once again flooded the racks, I included an old floral favorite, worn first on a Kentucky waterfront a decade ago, then on a spring night two years ago, and resurfaced this year during my trip to France. Packable, light, and totally worth rewearing. Before you purchase a new wardrobe this Fall, consider how you might reduce your footprint, by reusing, at the very least, much of what you…

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garden tour

There are plenty of reasons to be angry these days, as the inane Jim Crow voting restrictions are in play once again, along with equally archaic restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. Of course there is the Big Lie still being shouted by the last President to throngs of frighteningly delusional crowds, while the Senators in his pocket want us to ignore the largest attack on our Capital in history as they are culpable in its making. There are the heat waves rippling across our continent, most notably this summer in our Northwest, that overwhelming affects our brown and black neighborhoods far more than the suburbs of white Americans (listen to The Daily to hear about these measured temperature ratings). This cruel aspect of climate change is here to stay, ahead of even more destruction to our planet. The list of inequities is too long for me to even cover a fraction while the bridge between truth and untruth seemingly unbuildable now, as so many Americans aren’t willing to see the clear horizon ahead.

In my home, we are, with the deliberate intention of finding some joy, absorbing the tranquility of our backyard gardens. Blooms everywhere are making that decision an easy delight. Normally my blog is filled with 9 cents worth of advice, neatly placed between photos, but mid-July, I’ll allow you to saunter through the post, take in the lush abundance of color and shape, let the crazy world roll away and consider this day’s good flower news.

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