How My Poodle Proved That We Can Change

Recently, I started listening to The Happiness Lab. In the first episode of this podcast, Dr. Laurie Santos, a professor at Yale University, explains that while it will take work, we can make changes that will help us to live happier lives. I believe her statement because I’ve helped our dog become more friendly.

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Quilt Show Lesson: Every Work of Art Has Its Fans

In the world of the internet, it can be hard to understand the value of making things yourself. There is so much competition out there, so many people better at what you are doing than you are. A meme or video goes viral, and suddenly everyone you know is talking about baby Yoda. In such a world, it’s easy to feel very small and that your efforts aren’t worth much. Those focused on fame tell us that if you don’t have at least 100,000 followers, you’re wasting your time.

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Without Regular Practice, Skills Fade

I’ve made dozens of quilts in the last 25 years, so when I decided to make a baby quilt last spring, I figured it would be a cinch. Silly me. I forgot that being out of practice would mean a lower skill level than I remembered having.

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What a Rare Hawaiian Goose Taught Me About Looking

My failure to spot Nēnē when they flew right over my head taught me an important lesson about being overly focused.