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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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A Healthy Dose of Spice
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
April 8, 2013 11:05 a.m.



Spring is clearly the time that people begin cleaning things out; closets. basements, garages.  I would like to challenge the readers to look inward.  Are there things in your life that you need to clean out as well?  Relationships that need to be reconciled or removed from your life?  Habits that need to be done away with?  Or habits that need to be started?  

While you are at it, take the time to think about what interests you and plug into those!  Two years ago I sat at my diningroom window wishing winter would end (and it was January) when before me flew a bright red cardinal.  That beautiful bird perched itself on my neighbors bush and stared back at me.  At that moment I decided that birdwatching would be a fun activity to get me through winter.  I quickly went to work setting up a flowerpot tray on my front porch railing and filled it to the brim with birdfood.  Within the hour I had ten or so birds of all arrays eating away at it!  My mood was lightened almost instantly, the birds brought me such joy!  Two years later we are redoing our landscaping to accomodate our ever growing interest in birding!

You never know what can come into your life as a healthy dose of spice.

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