Matters of Life and Death

Photo courtesy of Alcosphotos Matters of Life and Death “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the […]

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What Inspires Me?

Photo:  https://quotefancy.com/quote/958963/Mary-Oliver-The-sea-is-the-most-beautiful-face-in-our-universe What Inspires Me? “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver During this month of February, I am participating in a 28-Day Journaling Challenge.  Kudos to Stacy and Victoria for leading this wonderful experience!  Each morning, they send out the journaling topic for […]

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Let’s Dance!

Let’s Dance! Photo:  http://www.ephesustoursguide.com/must-see-places-in-turkey/whirling-dervish-monastery-shrine-of-rumi.html ‘The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,   move with it, and join the dance.’ –Alan Watts I’ve been thinking about dance a lot lately.  I think my contemplation began when I stumbled across an old and iconic YouTube video of Joe Cocker and Jim Belushi dancing […]

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A Bagel and…

A Bagel and… “Smell the roses.  Smell the coffee.  Whatever it is that makes you happy.” –Rita Moreno Before I retired I rarely had time to enjoy a leisurely morning at a local coffee shop.  Instead, I would stop at a Starbucks on my way to a morning consulting assignment or a university faculty meeting, […]

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7 Ways of Thinking that Must Change

Photo Courtesy of Alcosphoto 7 Ways of Thinking That Must Change “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” — Albert Einstein, 1954 Lately, I’ve been both sad and angry with current thinking which seems to normalize viewpoints that, at least to my mind, are immoral, unethical, and even […]

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Clinging to Stuff

Photo from aspiremag.net Clinging to Stuff “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh For years, my late husband, Chris, and I tried to sell our townhouse.  From […]

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Finding Joy in the Morning!

Photo Used With Permission by Alcosphoto. Finding Joy in the Morning! “Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.”   ― Robert Louis Stevenson Is there anything joyful about our mornings?  Or do we stumble to the coffeepot and wish we were still […]

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Mindful House Cleaning

Photo from Wildmind.org Mindful Housecleaning “Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water”. –Zen proverb Are you kidding?  I hate to clean.  Especially the bathrooms.  I mean, who enjoys cleaning the toilet?  I never could get ahead of the dust and dirt in my home before I retired.  When Jim and […]

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Mindful Writing

Photo:  Overboardsportfishing.com Mindful Writing “Instructions for living a life.  Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”  ― Mary Oliver I’ve wanted to write about writing for some time now.  Writing this blog and my daily Morning Pages have enhanced my life of mindful retirement in ways that are so significant that I just can’t put off […]

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Anything But Calm

Photo from Lynn DiGennaro Anything But Calm “It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously.”         -Oscar Wilde Yesterday’s excursion to the inlet was, upon reflection, hilarious.  I was sitting in the front seat of the Subaru watching Jim and Chuck, one of our two Welsh Terriers, […]

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