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Debbie Sharp Loeb, teacher by training but full-time mom to a disabled son, craftsperson, bead artist, great cook, creative homemaker & terrific spotter of cool new products for everything under the sun, presents Hodgepodge: recipes, household hints, stories about children, friends & relatives, cool stuff, music, & much more.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Minatur Wunderland - Largest Model Railway

Check out a video about it here. Audio on.

Monday, February 22, 2016

9 Things to Remember When You Feel Like Quitting

Here are 9 things to remember when you feel like quitting:

 1. Remember the things you do well
 2. Remember a list of things you can improve on
 3. Don’t sell yourself short
 4. Keep a positive attitude
 5. Have encouraging friends
 6. Stop beating yourself up over supposed shortcomings
 7. Don’t give up
 8. Remember that you can always learn something new
 9. Get rid of negative influences

To read in full go to the link:

Friday, February 12, 2016

What's Your Biggest Regret?

Strangers Wrote Their Biggest Regrets…They All Used The Same Three-Letter Word.

"Often times when people are asked about regrets the response is a rehearsed, “I don’t have any regrets.” In reality, we all have and carry feelings of things we should have done or said but simply did not. How many times have we taken the safety route for fear of failure or thinking we were not good enough, only to realize the easiest decision ends up being the hardest one to live with."
Check it out here:

Email me yours and I'll list them anonymously below.

From HP Readers:
 Not being able to have children or adopting.
 Not getting more education in psychology or counseling.
 Not going to college
Not having children
My Divorce
and this from a reader:
When I get up each day I say the following and repeat it several times during the day.  It is a quote from Psalm 51
     "Create in me a clean heart, O God and
       renew a right spirit within me.
       Cast me not away from your presence
        and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
        Give me the joy of your saving help again
        and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit." ​

This has been a part of me for over fifty years.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's Worth Repeating and Passing On

Monday, February 08, 2016

Uses for Used Dryer Sheets and How to Make Your Own

Don't throw dryer sheets away -
 here are 45 different ways to use them.
or there are many do it yourself ways here to make your own: 

Friday, February 05, 2016

TED 2016 Books by Speakers

With TED2016 quickly approaching, what better way to get ready than with a good book (or two, or three)? Before the conference starts on February 15, explore these reads by some of our speakers.

Here's your link:

Monday, February 01, 2016


Good advice is hard to find.

"That's why we recently reached out across the Upworthy Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts asking you, our readers, what was the single most valuable piece of advice you've ever received. The answers ranged from funny to serious to heartfelt and emotional.

 Find the advice here:

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