Creative Writing: Finally!

Creative Writing:  Finally! “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”  ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  I guess it was inevitable that my first attempt at fiction would be based in reality.  My dad was a newspaper reporter and editor.  What […]

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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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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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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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In Honor of Earth Day

In Honor of Earth Day I recently had the pleasure of experiencing this meditation in my class, The Artist’s Way.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  The Leaf:  A Meditation on Transitions By Joyce Rupp You will need to find a leaf for this meditation.  It is best to find a […]

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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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Memories of Love and Loss

Memories of Love and Loss Today is my late husband’s birthday.  It’s impossible for me to capture my memories of this brilliant man and what’s it’s been like being without him for the last ten years.  Instead, I’m sharing the lyrics of a song that I love.  Enjoy! Diamonds & Rust Joan Baez Well I’ll […]

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