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When you have a dream that you can’t let go of, trust your instincts and pursue it. But remember: Real dreams take work. They take patience, and sometimes they require you to dig down very deep. Be sure you’re willing to do that. – Harvey Mackay New Year’s is a traditional day for resolutions, tacking […]

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Defying Death, or Building a New Roof—in 95 Degree Weather


We actually signed the contract to replace our roof last October. It took six months for the manufacturer to make the tiles. They didn’t tell us it would take that long, and that the workers would be toiling in 90 degree-plus weather and afternoon thunderstorms.

Replacing a roof looks like really demanding work. I can’t say for sure, since I’ve never even been on the roof. I hold my breath as they move around up there, first with the underlayment, now with the tile. And the weather has been brutal.

Hard Work and Opportunity


“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” — Ann Landers

As the last of the remaining warm days dwindle here in Montana, I’ve spent several days this week working on a clawfoot dining room set that I got for free earlier this summer. I got the set because I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. At a local flea market, I was caught by a vendor admiring one of the chairs out on the loading dock. He asked if I liked the chair and I replied that I thought it would be beautiful with a little TLC. He told me there was a table with it and I said that my husband would probably shoot me if I spent a bunch of money on a fixer-upper dining set. He said if I loaded it up, it was all mine, free of charge. I jumped at the opportunity and with a little help from a few old guys, I was on the road with a pickup loaded with six dining chairs and a gorgeous hardwood clawfoot table.

Science: Your Kid’s Not Special


OK, I may have taken a little bit of a shortcut there in the headline. What Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck is actually saying in the pages of Scientific American is that if you actually want your children to be special, just about the worst thing you can do is tell them that they already are:

Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability—along with confidence in that ability—is a recipe for success. In fact, however, more than 35 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings.