Ten Ways to Beat the Shut-In Blues

And find the silver lining in even the darkest of storm clouds…

Storms and difficulties of all kinds and sizes come our way. From simple gray spells or times of discouragement, to life’s big storms and even pandemics. And they can really start to get us down. A lot of life’s problems are extremely serious, like this COVID-19 that is currently afflicting the world. And it can be really difficult to not worry.

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Dog Payments, Snowballs and Debt-Free Living!

Becoming debt-free may seem like Mission Impossible. But if two financial idiots like us could do it, so can you!

I’m fond of saying that Hubby and I should have received a financial stupidity award in our early marriage. Armed with credit cards and few brains, we shopped foolishly and extravagantly. Even buying a dog on credit! 

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The Benefits of Italian Slow Living

Discover the secret benefits of slow living. Something that the Italian people have long known and cherished…

When I explain how our years here in Italy have taught us to slow down, enjoy life, and have even more time for all that we love, I find many who want to escape the stress and frazzled nerves (or the sometimes meaningless treadmill) of the fast lane. We want a meaningful life that counts for something and one that we can truly enjoy. 

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Bringing Christ Back into Christmas

It starts earlier and earlier every year, the hype and commercialism. Christmas stuff and Halloween gore side-by-side in stores. Ads, articles, commercials and movies all conspiring, seemingly, to make us think we’re missing out on the perfect Christmas. 

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When Thieves Strike: And the Value of Stuff

We’ve had thieves strike. Twice. The first time real thieves, but the second were sort of fake thieves. As many of you know, we have a summer home. And in our absence thieves got in, taking our bedroom mirror and a small step ladder. 

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