Diva Dispatch – The Blog

Self-Care Sign In – 18

I’d like to say that we’re heading into “true fall” here, but fall is a fickle thing in the Carolinas in September. However, we’ve had a few days that make you realize that cooler temps are coming – it’s a wonderful time of the year. Cool enough to consider making soup, but warm enough to […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 17

For this post, I’m turning to a stalwart arrow in my self-care quiver – movies! I enjoy movies quite a bit – which is good, considering that I write about movies and television. Even so, there are so many wonderful things I haven’t seen. Much like my TBR (“to be read”) book list, I have […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 16

Summer is still going strong, but one of the harbingers of the end of that season has come as yellow school buses start to rumble along the roads and college campuses are filled with both slightly bewildered freshmen and returning “old hands” at the college game. Since my day job involves educating college students, I […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 15

Things slow down in the South in the heat and humidity of the summer. It seems as if most of the rest of the country is getting a bit of the “Southern summer” experience right now and no one likes it much. I sympathize – it’s miserably hot here at the moment, with the kind […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 14

Self-care is, as I have said overandoverandover, is not about putting yourself first at the expense of others. No, no, and more no! Rather, it’s all about making and taking time to live authentically, to check in with your own values and make sure you’re living in accordance with those, and treating yourself well, instead […]

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Summer Solstice Self Care Sign In – 13

You have to love the alliteration of it all! True enough, it’s the summer solstice today in the Northern Hemisphere – the longest day, the first day of summer. It’s also National Seashell Day, World Music Day, and International Yoga Day (along with – strangely enough – National Day of the Gong, which is making […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 12

For nearly a year now, I’ve been up to my eyebrows in housing madness. Our family had outgrown our little bungalow that had been the Casa di Diva for well over a decade. It’s a seller’s market, they’ll tell you, and they’re right – but we also needed to buy. We visited houses that were […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 11

Tomorrow – May 24 – is International Tiara Day. Obviously, for all Divas and Divas-in-Training, this is a High Holiday and one that should be celebrated vigorously. There are as many ways to observe this wonderful day as there are Divas to celebrate the day, so do as you will. Perhaps you’ll want to have […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 10

I try to keep things light and upbeat here at Splendor and – truly – I believe there is much to be enthusiastic and light-hearted about, even on dark days. That attitude has been put to the test over the last few weeks as I have struggled to wrap my head around the sudden loss of my […]

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Self-Care Sign In – 9

Since last we spoke, spring has truly arrived! While there are still some frosty mornings, the harbingers of that most hopeful of seasons – dogwood, azaleas, tulips – are on full display. Plus, the days are getting longer, so there’s ample time to enjoy it all. It’s feeling like time to pack up the heavy, […]

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