My Birthday Wish… Let Your Love Flow

Hey everyone… thanks so much for all the kind birthday greetings and wishes both in person and virtually. I always say, and trust me, I do always say this… all that matters in life are the people (and dogs… yes, and cats for the cat people out there) we love and those who love usContinue reading “My Birthday Wish… Let Your Love Flow”

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Making Lists and Wondering… What the Hell

May 16 I’ve been making a lot of lists.  Movies to watch, tv shows to watch, dystopian books I’ve read, tasks to do, tasks done.  I’ve worked on budgets for us, for K’s parents, for the rentals.  I’ve walked the dogs with K, perused random things on the internet, and read too many news stories. Continue reading “Making Lists and Wondering… What the Hell”

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Eight Years

Eight years ago today a doctor walked into my hospital room and told me I had leukemia. Since then I’ve periodically asked a question of myself.  Not, as you might expect, why me, or even just why.  There is no why.  It was random, not predictable, and as far as we know not preventable.  ItContinue reading “Eight Years”

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52 Thoughts – Ninth Thought

Be kind in big ways and small even when it seems a tad difficult.  Be present.  Listen more, talk less. Close my eyes, turn my face to the sun or the wind or both at the same time and breathe deeply.  Spend time on or near the water.  Go on long walks with the pups.Continue reading “52 Thoughts – Ninth Thought”

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52 Thoughts: Fifth Thought

  I’ve been thinking. Today the sky is blue.  It’s cold, but beautiful.  The birds are at the feeders.  The squirrels are trying to get to the feeders.  The dogs are chasing the squirrels.  They picked up our garbage and recycling today as per usual.  I’m listening to music.  We’re about to head to theContinue reading “52 Thoughts: Fifth Thought”

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52 Thoughts: Fourth Thought

  We have to hold onto each other. It’s simple.  We need each other.  We always have.  No one person operates in a vacuum. We should be concerned for our fellow man.  We should find reasons to love, instead of reasons to push people away from us. We get nowhere in life by isolating ourselves.Continue reading “52 Thoughts: Fourth Thought”

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52 Thoughts: First Thought

  It’s 2017.  I’m happy about it.  I kept waiting for it, ready to start anew.  Ready for a reboot. Last year was stressful.  Surprising and tense and divisive and nasty.  Many good things happened in my life, but I was greatly affected by everything happening in the world, and that stuff, the stuff splashedContinue reading “52 Thoughts: First Thought”

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To Be Grateful

It’s Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful, and grateful, for so many things… the people in my life who I love and who love me, the warmth of the sun on a cold day, cuddles with the pups, a cup of hot coffee with just the right amount of half and half, a good story, the birds atContinue reading “To Be Grateful”

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Maybe There’s Hope For Us After All

I believe we all basically want the same things, even if we don’t agree about how we might get them.  Trying to understand each other, giving each other simple respect as human beings, goes a long way.  We all have different experiences which inform how we’ve decided to live our lives.  There are many waysContinue reading “Maybe There’s Hope For Us After All”

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Our Beautiful Souls

When something shocking happens in life our world shrinks down.  Everything we know somehow narrows, magnifying the thing in the center that is our pain, our sorrow, our grief, our fear, our shame.  Suddenly we do not see, cannot see, anything outside of what we feel.  We begin a sort of sleep walk.  Moving around,Continue reading “Our Beautiful Souls”

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Words to Live By (Part 5)

“If I saw you hitchhiking, I’d smile and return your thumb’s up, just for you doing such a great job of being a positive roadside influence.” ― Jarod Kintz Being positive, having a positive attitude, looking at things with a glass half full changes everything about your day and your life. A person can lookContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 5)”

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“I appeal from your customs.”

“I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes orContinue reading ““I appeal from your customs.””

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Words to Live By (Part 4)

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”― Josh Billings Dogs make things better, as do cats I suppose, if I had a cat in my life I’m sure I would think so.  I don’t.  I have dogs.  There’s so much joy there, in their eyes and the wagContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 4)”

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Words to Live By (Part 3)

“In magic – and in life – there is only the present moment, the now. You can’t measure time the way you measure the distance between two points. ‘Time’ doesn’t pass. We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we’re always thinking about what we did, about how we could have doneContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 3)”

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Words to Live By (Part 2)

In this second installment of the life lessons learned/what’s important to me at 50 I give you joy.  And many other things. “There are random moments – tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums,Continue reading “Words to Live By (Part 2)”

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Words to Live By (Part 1)

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”  ― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder andContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 1)”

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On Saying Goodbye

M, my friend, I love you.  I know your heart is breaking as you get ready to start your journey.  This trip, in one sense, signifies an ending, but I know in my heart it will also end up being a celebration of a life well lived. I believe the people we love never trulyContinue reading “On Saying Goodbye”

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Extra-Ordinary

Stomps foot down and says in a huff, I was meant for more than this, I was meant for great things. I didn’t really throw a tantrum, though it sort of felt like one in my head, mental foot stomping and all.  Sometimes our better selves appear to the world, but not always so muchContinue reading “Extra-Ordinary”

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Looking For Miracles

I see a lot of posts on Facebook about looking for miracles, trying to find miracles, or hoping for miracles.  I do none of that.  Why, you ask?  Because I believe miracles are happening everywhere, everyday.  All around us. They are in the sunlight falling through the trees, the laughter of our grand boys, theContinue reading “Looking For Miracles”

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49 For 49

I turned 49 a few days ago.  No, I’m not really 50 something and just using 49 as my sticky-post age.  I’m 49. I’m not fazed.  Not being fazed is a good thing. I have never been a person who was affected by my age.  I turned 16, 21, 25, 30, 40, etc. with noContinue reading “49 For 49”

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Whoever Saves One Life, Saves the World Entire

        For this reason man was created alone, to teach you that whoever destroys a single soul, he is guilty as though he had destroyed a complete world; and whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though he had preserved a whole world. — Talmud, Sanhedrin 37a  

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This Is What You Shall Do

This is what you shall do:  Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat toContinue reading “This Is What You Shall Do”

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