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In A Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L’Engle wrote:

During the long drag of years before our youngest child went to school, my love for my family and my need to write were in acute conflict. The problem was really that I put two things first. My husband and children came first. So did my writing. Bump.

The conflict—or collision—of work and family summed up in a word:  Bump.

Ouch.

Yet we’re often stuck trying to get it all done without compromising family or work. Is it even possible?

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Overcoming Busy is a great resource for people trying to slow down. Marci just kicked off a new layout for the website and invited me to be part of the celebration.

She interviewed me last week, if you’d like to read my responses (and please chime in with your opinion of The Red Badge of Courage).

I’m sorry to report, however, that the giveaway is closed. There is such a thing as too slow.

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Take some inspiration and advice from The Beautiful Life, who seeks beauty in the ordinary, treasuring each moment.

She offered two great quotes:

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” (Elizabeth Lawrence)

“It is never too late to have a happy childhood.” (Tom Robbins)

Click HERE to read several suggestions to slow down and take time to play.

If you’ve got snow on the ground, act now, before the fun melts away!

Photo provided by The Beautiful Life. Used with permission.

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