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The rainbow after the storm

By Hazel Thornton | April 22, 2024 |

It all started slowly and innocently enough, like the first drops of a rainstorm. I mean, it’s only natural for things in life to break sometimes, and need fixing and maintenance, right? Routine dental cleanings sometimes lead to fillings or reveal the need for root canals and crowns. It’s not just me. The older people…

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Menendez: 30 years ago

By Hazel Thornton | January 30, 2024 |

30 years ago this week, in late January 1994, both juries were declared hopelessly deadlocked in the first Menendez brothers murder trial. Who knew that 30 years later they would still be behind bars? Two Hung Juries I always say that Erik’s jury deliberated for a month — rather than reporting days or hours —…

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Don’t forget to remember!

By Hazel Thornton | January 29, 2024 |

As a professional organizer it was part of my job to help people find ways to remember stuff: Where are my keys? Where does this go? How do I remember tasks? Why do I forget appointments? Why can I never find the remote? Together, we created solutions and systems ala takeaways #2, 8, 9 in…

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Inspirational flow charts, graphics, and cartoons

By Hazel Thornton | January 22, 2024 |

If you know me at all, you know I love flow charts, graphics, and cartoons! I also love when people send them to me. I don’t care if they’re graphs, pie charts, or Venn diagrams. Sometimes I’ve seen them before, but you never know — what if I haven’t? Sharing on social media It’s been…

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Do I Practice What I Preach? (Habits, Maintenance, and Backsliding)

By Hazel Thornton | January 15, 2024 |

Dear Readers: I hope you enjoy this refreshed post from 2016.   I was helping a long-time virtual coaching client with email maintenance, teaching her about Inbox Zero, and I admitted that mine was currently more like Inbox 200. In fact, as I continued to say, I don’t do anything (maintenance-wise)  every day. She was…

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Book covers: What's a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy, Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror, Go With the Flow! The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook

Some books make better gifts than others

By Hazel Thornton | November 27, 2023 |

Books make terrific gifts, don’t they? Well, not all of them. Some books make better gifts than others. I think we all know to consider the recipient’s taste and whether or not they enjoy reading. Otherwise,  a book might quickly become clutter. But there are other considerations. Like what? Take mine, for example: Hung Jury:…

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Menendez Media Fails

By Hazel Thornton | November 19, 2023 |

  Menendez supporters all know how much the prosecution-biased media influenced public perception of the case during the four years preceding the actual first trial, during both trials, and in the decades since. (You can Google famous examples such as the John Malkovich and Rob Schneider Saturday Night Live sketch and videos of Jay Leno…

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What? Your ducks aren’t in a row? Mine either.

By Hazel Thornton | October 23, 2023 |

I thought being retired would mean less worry. I was wrong. For one thing, I’m older now and everyone and everything else is older, too — from friends and family to furniture and appliances. If it doesn’t need replacing or repair, it certainly needs maintenance! And, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Life —…

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Always believe in yourself (and have a backup plan)

By Hazel Thornton | October 11, 2023 |

Do you believe in yourself? Always? Or do you sometimes lose faith? If this post looks familiar, it’s because I pull it out and tweak it every few years. It makes me feel better to read it. Maybe it will help you too? Life is hard. We all go through tough times personally, and lately…

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Do you need more good news in your life?

By Hazel Thornton | September 25, 2023 |

Does the daily news get you down? Do you watch or read a lot of it? Too much, maybe? If you want a change, it seems you have two choices: Consume less bad news and/or seek out more good news. Are you addicted? I know people who watch several hours of news and commentary each…

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Book cover: What's a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy

What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy

Cover of "Go With the Flow! (The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook)"

Go With the Flow! (The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook)

Cover of "Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror"

Hung Jury: The Diary of a Menendez Juror

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