Willow branches formed to make a shelter

I am Intelligent

I should be able to believe that I’m intelligent because, as an adult, people have told me this, often. But my self-perception was formed in those comparative junior high and high school years, shaped by proximity. Facts: There were 1200 students in my freshman year high school class, 880 of us who managed to graduate. …

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Two seed pods, one from a wisteria and one from a honey locust tree

Meditation Words

The third part of my morning meditation is sitting meditation. I’ve learned that if I try to simply focus on my breath, my mind takes a hike.  So I say words to myself, in my mind. NOTE: As I worked my way through this meditation, I revised it. The updated text is here.  .   …

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Little purple florets on green and white striped skinny leaves

The Alarm Goes Off

The alarm goes off. I tap ‘snooze’ but I don’t snooze. I wiggle my toes, sometimes singing the ‘Wake Up Toes’ song. I wiggle my fingers. I rub my feet, then my legs, then my arms, my chest, my scalp, my face. It’s sort of like taking a shower but in bed and without water. …

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heart-shaped yellow leaf on brown mulch

One Small Change

I’ve had trouble focusing this week. It’s probably because of the US Presidential election, which, as I write this on Thursday afternoon, does not yet have a winner and, with recounts and lawsuits, may not for some time. It’s probably because of the result of Leda’s ultrasound, which explained the reason for her belly expanding …

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Oakleaf hydrangea green and red leaves against a cement wall background, like abstract art


I’ve been hesitant to start the series on Morning Routine. Here’s why: my morning routine has been shaky of late.   After morning after morning of consistency, in the last two months, I’ve fallen off. I’ll do one part or none of my morning meditation, instead of all three parts.   The source of the …

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