Tag Archives: Martha Beck

Just in Time, Not Just in Case

Over the last several years, I’ve developed a tendency to stockpile. I’ve always had a personal hoarding weakness for books and long-sleeved knit shirts, but recently, I’ve also started collecting large quantities of canned goods, wool blankets, and plastic jugs. … Continue reading

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

I had big plans for this past summer. My daughters and I were going to spend June, July, and August exploring the backcountry. Throughout the year I’d accumulated gear: hiking boots, a backpack, and three pairs of thick wool socks.  … Continue reading

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My Next 30-Day Challenge

After listening to a TEDTalk entitled “Try Something New for 30 Days,” I immediately emailed the link to several friends. In the subject line I wrote, “Well worth the 3 minutes and 27 seconds!” Soon after, I received several responses. … Continue reading

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This summer, my daughters participated in a summer reading program at our local library, and as a reward, received a number of gift certificates. One was for a free shake at Jack in the Box. Even though we don’t normally … Continue reading

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Martha Beck Quote

Author Martha Beck on critical self-talk: “You never hear about truly self-actualized people, like Buddha or Christ, telling people they’re stupid losers.”

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Learning the Log Roll

After school on Friday, my nine-year-old daughter opened the car door, crawled onto my lap, and began crying–slow, mournful sobs that reeked of inadequacy and failure, and sent my heart to my stomach.  In her sweaty hand, folded into a … Continue reading

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