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A Beautiful Fall Poem…

leaf piles beckon
every age–
nature knows
what the soul needs;
what we forgot

golden sun washes faces
as crisp winds
leave kisses
on cheeks
and apples

harvest light bathes
living room floorboards
like butter
while cinnamon
curls the air

candles dance
and firesides begin
conversations
of crackling coziness

days too quickly dim
as fall envelops us in her
vibrant sweater of warmth,
and home,
and
each other.
 
_Liza McNamara, Sr. Editor […] Continue Reading »

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Letter from the Editor – Getting Ready for October!

With the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, when day and night were of equal length, we welcomed fall and life started all over again.  Now that October is here, our gardens are bright with dahlias, camellias, echinacea, and chrysanthemums. Our recipes will be starring pumpkins, squash, apples, berries, seeds […] Continue Reading »

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12 Favorite Autumn Recipes (plus 2 free recipe cards!)

Now that the air is turning chillier, leaves are turning color, and autumn is officially here, it’s time to finally start shifting our menus to new recipes. No more light salads, chilled soups, and berry sorbets. Instead, we’re invited to turn our focus to comfort foods, heartier fares, and […] Continue Reading »

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Brighten Someone’s Day Challenge

Several months ago, we wrote about making people smile and random acts of kindness. The idea was to get people thinking about looking beyond themselves and reaching out to others who could use some cheering up.

Since it’s been a while, we wanted to reconnect and see how it’s going with your […] Continue Reading »

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Letter from the Editor – Hello September!

Hello Blue Mountain Friends,

Poet Helen Hunt Jackson wrote charming poems about all the seasons, but “September” is a special favorite.  Here is an excerpt:
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
As we watch the falling leaves wave goodbye to summer, we […] Continue Reading »

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How to be a Supportive Friend

Good times and good friends just naturally go together, but what do you do when hard times befall your friends? It’s easy to be a good friend during the fun times, but your friends need you most when life gets difficult, and they often could use your support and […] Continue Reading »

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How to Nurture all of your Friendships

Not all friendships are created equal, but all friendships are indeed important and meaningful in their own unique, special ways.

Truth be told, there are varying levels of friendship. Some are extremely close. Some not as much, but still significant nonetheless. Although your various friendships may be different from one […] Continue Reading »

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Top 10 Ways to Surprise & Delight your Best Friend (FREE desktop background)

Your closest and dearest friend(s) will always have a special place in your heart. And you in hers. You know each other inside and out. You’ve gone through good times and bad. You’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. And there’s no one else you’d rather […] Continue Reading »

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Letter From the Editor – Celebrating Friendship!

Hello, Blue Mountain Friends,

Is it really August already?!  The long lazy days of summer we enjoyed as children seem to go by so quickly now.  But there are still lots of delightful things to appreciate in August—the days are warm and sunny, the robins are still singing and the […] Continue Reading »

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