The One Luxury You Must Make Time For

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We are often told to do activities out of our normal workday—meditation, spending time in nature, walking—in order to increase our productivity.  But doing them can feel like a luxury we don’t have time for.  And seeing remarkable art?  That can fall to the very bottom of the list. But when a friend came to visit last weekend, I was reminded of the real necessity of making room for art …
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Are You Over-Counting?

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You can wear a plethora of devices to count or track everything from the number of steps you take, to the hours you sleep, to heart rate, blood pressure, and geographic location. Once I tracked my sleep for several days and found I have a 97% sleep efficiency – I no longer check on that.  If I were rested, I slept well and if I weren’t….  My phone tells me …
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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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