No surprise to anyone, but here goes: I sometimes (and lately more than sometimes) get run over by my inner critic. That voice that we think may be conscience…may be Jiminy Cricket or the Divine or – in the immortal words of Ebeneezer Scrooge – “an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of … More Fail like a genius.
Tuesday evening, the Peeps and I celebrated a new couch, good company and the upcoming new year with wine and Jeff’s local pizza. We also hashed out our 2019 words of the year via storyboards (you’re welcome), laughter, tears, courage and other confidential means. At first we tossed out ideas as if we were Miss Congeniality … More illuminate
I have been thinking of the power each life embodies – the potential energy inherent in each person – what one life can set in motion. One life. When I think of the people who breathed life over me, I think of my sisters and brother. Rare friends. A stranger here and there. First Magpie … More what one life can do
It is dreary outside today so the people who shine from within stand out. Like the stranger who waved as he turned in front of the Sweet Vibe while I ran an errand. We don’t know one another, but his kindness activated a bit of light in a day where overcast would be a step … More the shiny people
This is going to be brief as in “brevity is clarity.” I borrowed the tidbits below from two very different sources: Weird Al Yankovic and Sharon Salzburg. One is known for boisterous musical satire and the other invites people to quiet contemplation. See below. Vote. Get a free sticker. Vote. Show you care about something. … More Free stickers!
This morning I got out to run in the drippy pre-dawn town that includes my current address. As much as I enjoy after-running, I needed a nudge and that’s where Katie’s text from last night came into play. “Yoga in the am?” So with a target to meet up with my pal on a mat … More jealousy and forgiveness.
I’ve been reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the story of Abraham Lincoln’s election, cabinet, the Civil War and his humanity. It has proven so very relevant today. Between yoga and work, this quote stopped me mid-slurp of coffee: “As he had done so many times before, Lincoln withstood the storm of defeat … More In remembrance
I did it. I made a few reservations, bought a ticket and have the beginnings of a plan to ride the wind…or at least Amtrak’s California Zephyr sometime this summer. After 30 years of hearing about and dreaming about a slow traverse across the continental divide* on the California Zephyr, I’m going to do it! … More Traveling the wind
I broke a record this year. For the first time since I was 10-years-old and tried to entice Bruce Jenner to be my pen pal, I have sustained a pen pal relationship longer than a few lines. Thanks to a teacher friend, pen palism has been a thing in my world since last fall. It’s … More Note to a penpal.
I am nesting in my cozy draped blue bed under twinkly lights. Not warrior-one-ing at yoga like I could be. Not sitting in the quiet back left pew among the Episcopal faithful in foreign territory, listening. Not picking up the clothes of the week that never made it back to the hangers or laundry bin. … More All the things we shouldn’t do.