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Downsizing Dilemma: How to Approach Your Parents

How do you approach your parents about downsizing? Carefully. Very Carefully! While you are together over the holidays, it may be a good time to open the discussion. To you it may be "stuff," even a nuisance. To your parent or parents, it may be treasured possessions, each with a special… Read more

Featured Destinations

A Life Changing Trip: Walking the Camino de Santiago

Nobody could have prepared me for what happened on the Camino de Santiago. The humility, the pain, the grief, the fear, the pure human kindness and greater understanding of God's love - and the weeping for all of it together and separately and the finality and great feeling of accomplishment.… Read more

Books and TV

Downton Abbey Fans Rejoice! The Exhibit is Underway

A version of this article first appeared on mylittlebird.com. Michelle Dockery plays a rifle-toting widow in Netflix's new limited series "Godless" and a con artist on Amazon's "Good Behavior."  So obviously she has moved on from playing Lady Mary in "Downton Abbey." The rest of us aren't willing to move… Read more

Featured Women

Women Who Inspire: Baker and Writer Dorie Greenspan

In 2011, when The New York Times asked "Are Apps Making Cookbooks Obsolete?," it cited Dorie Greenspan's app, Baking With Dorie, as a groundbreaking move, a "hint that books as kitchen tools are on the way out." That turned out not to be true, Greenspan says, calling the current atmosphere… Read more


Wardrobe Essentials: Holiday Attire Made Simple

Party season is in full swing, which means it's that time of year when I stand in my closet and use lots of four letter words as I try to find something to wear to the next cocktail party/get together/happy hour/tree lighting. Like so many things I tend to overthink,… Read more

Career Maker

4 Ways to Get Noticed By Potential Employers or Clients

Whether you’re interested in building your client base, searching for a new job, pursuing a side hustle that’s in tune with your passion, or seeking a “second act” career, one thing is clear. To get noticed in today’s competitive job market, you have to distinguish yourself from others with similar… Read more


Fashion Must-Haves for Your Festive Holiday Looks

They are finally here! The holidays and cooler weather, and not a moment too soon. So, let's start thinking about fun holiday looks to pull together. My money this year is on velvet! Everything from shoes and clutches, a long, elegant velvet wrap dress in deep green for that swanky… Read more


Finding Alternative Office Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays

It was nearly a foolproof way to collect money for the boss’ holiday gift. His admin kept a card in her desk drawer. When you paid your contribution, she smiled, said thanks and opened the drawer so you could sign the card. No money, no signature. Someone at that company… Read more