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We Need More Fun

8:06 am PST, November 11, 2019

In the messy middle of life, even when things are good, I need to play and remember that — oh yeah, I like that guy I’m married to. He’s even fun.

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6 Things I’ve Learned From Hosting Kindred Dinners

4:00 am PST, November 6, 2019

I’m currently coming down from an adrenaline high after two big weekends in a row of farm-to-table dinners here on Kindred Farm in Santa Fe, Tennessee. My chef husband, Steven, and I are limping around, taking epsom salt baths, stretching, and trying to recover. But we’re not complaining, because we truly love doing this.  When […]

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My Good List

4:00 am PDT, October 30, 2019

On occasion we share what’s making our lives a little sweeter lately. It’s a series called My Good List. Here’s a brief glimpse into my list for this current season of life.

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Creating Community From Scratch

4:00 am PDT, October 23, 2019

Colleagues and friends often ask me for advice about starting a small group. There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to communities; local culture and context are everything. Still, with so many people hungering for analog, face-to-face relationships—true friends in an age of “followers”—I want to share a few things with The Art of Simple community that have worked for us. If you are contemplating starting a small group in your church or neighborhood, perhaps you’ll find some resonant wisdom here.

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IRL Friends

7:40 am PDT, October 21, 2019

Online relationships and hangout spaces are great. But they're even better when you remember that no one fully lives in the digital world. Connecting in-person is where it's at.

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Using Online Anger For Real-World Good

10:10 am PDT, October 16, 2019

Psychologists say that anger is a secondary emotion, meaning that it tends to be an indicator light. When you stop to investigate anger, there's usually another emotion hiding below the surface: anxiety, fear, grief. When I examined my own anger about this particular issue, I could see a sense of injustice and care for others at its root. But I also saw something else: helplessness and worry. My anger was telling me to do something and I finally listened.

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