Monday, April 16, 2018

"Five Good Minutes"

April 16, 2018

Choose an everyday ordinary activity for an opportunity for deeper introspection.  Clear your mind of  thoughts and worries.  Be mindful of breathing and of movements.  Be mindful of the natural rhythm of your body.

Emptying the cat litter:  breathed slowly and quietly and tried not to make a sound...swept the area and washed her mat.  Done in 5 minutes without complaining.

April 17, 2017

"Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary."    
The awesome sliver of the new moon last night.  I noticed it as I was leaving Raleigh.
Finding meaning in signs:  The words "Welcome Back" as I drove into Raleigh last night.
The word "Amen" on the sign on the back of a truck.
Green shoots on the crepe myrtle trees outside that were bare last week.

April 18, 2018

"I come first."
I'm putting "coulda, shoulda, woulda" out of my mind and I'm not trying to please anyone but myself tonight.

Thursday, March 29, 2018



blue like the color of sapphire,
blue the color of cornflowers in a van gogh painting,
a house in Morocco

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Shame on MSU

     Michigan State University has a fund of about 10 million dollars to help survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse.  The money can be used for therapy and medical expenses, including holistic therapies, therapy dogs, acupuncture, etc.

     Critics are concerned that the university will use the money against the women, for example, asking the court to dismiss their lawsuits.  Plus, shame on MSU for allowing this monster to continue treating the athletes even though they had gotten warnings about him for YEARS!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fast Forward to the Past

     I hadn't thought of Huey Lewis and the News in years and years.  But the memory of one of his tunes just haunted me and try as I might I couldn't locate it on Pandora or YouTube.  Fortunately
a friend found it and I thought back to those happy days in 1984 when I was a stay-at-home single mom in Sitka, Alaska.   I had the cd (or was it a cassette tape??) of their "Sports" album, a minor sensation at the time.

     So I've spent some fun time today listening to and watching the News on YouTube, especially enjoying the tune "If this is it."  Great song, and so reminiscent of the swingin' 80's.  Such an innocent time, mullet hair styles and all.

     I haven't realized that Huey and I are about the same age.  I do remember how KEY-UTE he was with his buff bod, cleffed chin and chisled features.  I must find out if he still tours and what he's up to now.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Writing to Heal

John Evans of Durham writes:   "Our positive story shapes our neuro-pathways when we begin to write a new story for ourselves with a different perspective and in self-compassionate affirming language. Through writing in this way, I suggest that we are setting down new pathways, affirming ourselves in the future in the manner in which we wish to live." 

Friday, February 23, 2018