Is Your Happiness Staged?

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Looking at black and white photographs from the Soviet era is not my idea of inspiration!  But my friend Amy was curious, so we wandered into the gallery at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, where they are currently on display. After looking at hundreds of photos of imposing buildings, factories and locomotives, I entered a room with a photo of two smiling young blonde women with …
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Why You Should Wear Your Diamonds With Your Blue Jeans

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This is not fashion advice from a country music star! It’s a warm early spring night and we are having friends over for dinner. Come over at 6:30. It’s casual. No, you don’t need to bring anything. Earlier in the day, I set the table – something I love doing.  Flowers from Costco, simple round black mats, crisp white damask napkins, wine glasses, and silver goblets.  My grandmother gave me …
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Are You in the Bubble?

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This weekend, my sweetheart and I saw Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a new movie starring writer, producer and actor Tina Fey as New York City journalist Kim Baker, who takes a 3-month assignment in Afghanistan.  Based on a true story, the film shows Fey arriving in Kabul and entering into the surreal world of correspondents who dance and drink by night, and put their lives in harm’s way by day.  Frightened …
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Spring Cleaning

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It’s still early March and many parts of the country are living with ice and snow, while others have had unseasonable heat.  Here in Nashville, we’ve gone from shirt sleeve weather to bitter cold and back again.  Today the sun is shining.  My neighbor’s tulip magnolia tree is in full bloom, and my daffodils have poked through the brown ground. Like a bear that knows it’s time to come out …
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The Magic of 100%

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Most us of have some area of our lives that feels out of control in some way.  It may be spending, eating, working.  Or it may be something we say we are going to do but don’t: walking, writing, painting, cleaning out the closet, or learning a new language.  Whatever it is, you know it!  You (and I) both know that internal refrain: If only my spouse, boss, schedule, travel, …
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