Category Archives: success

Into the Surf: The Story of This Painting

The story of Into the Surf, the original oil painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Children are the world’s best imitators. Naturally observant (until we educate it out of them), they learn by watching, reflecting and doing, … Continue reading

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Alone Does Not Mean Lonely; and Lonely Does Not Mean Loser

I live in a society that is desperately afraid of being alone. So alarmed are we of solitude that we define normalcy by how many groups we belong to: “I go to church, Sunday School, and small groups.” “I volunteer through our … Continue reading

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We’re Not Rich, but We OWN Our House

Sixteen years ago, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I had an improbable dream: we wanted to find a place in the country and raise our kids there. I say improbable because 1) we had four kids and 2) we … Continue reading

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The Hostess Twinkie Reading Plan

When I was growing up, I heard the mantra, “You are what you eat!” all the time. It’s not said so much these days, which is ironic since much of what we eat is grown with pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides; … Continue reading

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The New Hat: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, The New Hat, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: There’s something about the 1940s, especially, and the 1930s, that we hearken back to. Of course, there is no “perfect” time, and especially … Continue reading

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Queen Anne’s Lace — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Queen Anne’s Lace, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Queen Anne’s Lace is essentially a wild carrot, and is so named because the tiny white flowers on the broad white head are … Continue reading

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Along the Salmon River: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Along the Salmon River, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: The Pacific Northwest is filled with hidden areas. Years ago, homesteaders with dreams, aspirations, and the willingness to work hard, settled in canyons, along … Continue reading

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Harbor Faire: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Harbor Faire, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Even if you don’t own a boat (and we don”t) the annual Wooden Boat Festival of Port Townsend, WA is a magical transportation back to a … Continue reading

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Recipe: Hot Chocolate — the Real Thing, Not the Powder

Those of us who grew up in the 1970s know that it was not an era of of high taste — be it in food, fashion, or home decor. The latter brought us avocado green appliances and brown and orange … Continue reading

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You Can’t Do It All. God Doesn’t Ask You to.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be relatively pleased with myself. I mean, I’m a hard worker, reasonably intelligent (okay, I think I’m pretty intelligent; I do, after all, enjoy Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), and being an … Continue reading

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