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MonicaRicci
I'm an organizing and clutter expert, speaker, author and corporate spokesperson
Interests: Shooting, baseball, food, board games, playing cards, travel, wine, cats, food, hockey, food, reading, food. Did I mention food?
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How do you explain the beauty of a sunrise to a blind man? How do you describe the intoxicating aroma of a jasmine blossom to someone who has never smelled one? I feel almost compelled... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Your Life. Organized.
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As my 50/50 project nears its close and I review my essays, I notice I’ve written more than once about places I’ve lived. Not just the cities or towns, but the homes themselves. Last week,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Your Life. Organized.
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"It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." —J.K. Rowling PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Some of my fondest and earliest childhood memories of my mom involve the two of us living together in a small apartment. I can still remember staying up late into the night, watching her pour... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ~ Helen Keller On the heels of writing about my oldest friend, I wanted to write about the concept of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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“Old friends take a long time to make.” Those words are stitched on the face of a small, lace-edged ivory pillow on my guest room bed. The pillow was a gift given to me by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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My mother gave birth to me three days before her own 23rd birthday. It must have been difficult to be a young unwed mother in the 1960s but with the assistance, love and support of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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The family is our first society; a training grounds of sorts. The family is the construct within which we begin to learn life skills, social norms and societal expectations. As a microcosm of society, all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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In 1999 Ed and I bought our first home together. We had been renting a condo with our roommate Brandon, and when the owner of the condo decided to sell it, we thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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In the 70s my Pappy bought an old school bus and converted it into a camper. He enlisted the help of his my aunts and uncles and the grandkids to paint cartoon animals on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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"Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force."... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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As you know, radio is my first love (See 6/50 "Radio” July 12, 2015) and I’ve been listening to The Bert Show longer than I’ve ever listened to any other morning radio show consistently. When... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Several years ago my husband Ed and our friend Lisa Dunwell decided my superhero name would be Super Sensitive Sense Girl because my senses of smell, hearing and taste are so acute. Being Super Sensitive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Until I took on the 50/50 challenge I never thought much about the significance of the four walls we live within. However, through this writing exercise, I’ve begun to realize that each place I’ve lived... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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From the moment I met Beth in the Westshoremen drum line in the fall of 1981, we were best friends. In as many ways as we were similar, we were also different. We were both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Responsible. Driven. Mature. Leader. Does the right thing. Capable. Follows the rules. These are the curses of the first born. I know this because I am one. We first borns are simultaneously a lucky and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Growing up, I often heard my mom remark about this kind of bird, or that kind of plant. She was very much into nature and wildlife and she had a longtime love affair with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Sometimes I imagine what the earth would look like if each person's daily route could be viewed from the sky, like an airline flight path map of the world. The scene would be an astonishing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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On July 13, 1999 I showed up at the Mount Paran Church of God for my first meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. I had only been in business... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Tucked into the corner of an unassuming strip mall shopping center, 300 feet from the building that used to be John Harvard’s Brew House (see 31/50 “John Harvard’s Brew House" posted August 6, 2015) is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Years ago when I was still entrenched in the hospitality business, I began learning about wine. At the time, it was a necessary part of my job. I found it an interesting and challenging subject... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House is known for quality food and micro-brewed beer. In the mid-90s, the company was called John Harvard's Brew House and it expanded into Atlanta, Philadelphia... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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The soft butter yellow terrycloth shirt draped over a desk lamp on the pedestal sink must surely have been a fire hazard. Fire hazards be damned, I had pictures to print in that bathroom-turned-dark room... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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By the end of 1995, I was entertaining thoughts of gettin’ the heck out of Dodge. I was 30, I had been divorced for four years, my life felt stagnant and frankly, the northeast winters... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.
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My grandmother was an amazing woman who expressed her love in many ways, and cooking was a personal favorite of mine. She made the most delicious meatballs and baking Italian cookies was one of her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Your Life. Organized.