When Life Gives You Shingles, Make Lemonade.

    Okay. So maybe the saying is supposed to say something about lemons rather than shingles, but the lesson is the same. At least for me.   [As a quick side note, I just want to say that I’m glad to be posting on my blog once again after a long absence. I’m not [...]

‘Tis the Season

I like holidays.  I really do.  I even like birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, quinceñeras and the like.  What I do not like is gift-giving.   It’s not that I’m selfish or cheap.  I love to give…money, hugs, my time, food, my shoulder to lean on.  I’m just slightly unimaginative and terribly insecure when it comes to [...]

Life Without Cable

  This is truly just a tidbit.  Just thought I’d let you all know that it is possible to survive and lead a normal lifestyle without cable TV (or satellite, or Direct TV, or 100+ channels).  My family and I do, and we don’t really feel deprived.   Now, you might urge me to join [...]

Seasons Change

    Been wondering why no new posts lately?  Honestly, I’ve been wondering the same thing.  I ask myself: Why the lack of inspiration?  Where did all that great creative energy from the summer go?  Why the desire to just come home at night, put on my pajamas and vegetate?   But alas, all questions [...]

Friday Night Parenting

    Friday night at the high school football game.  Lights are shining.  Score board lit up.  Mascots dancing.  Players running, tackling, throwing, kicking.  Coaches pacing the sidelines.  Cheerleaders cheering (mine is the pretty one with the pom-poms and the pony tail).    Does this bring back any fond memories for those of you who [...]

Spiritual Child’s Play

  “Stay present: every second, every minute, and every hour. Every day of your life is full of present moments of infinite value. You won’t find God yesterday or tomorrow–your Source is always only here, now.”   Wayne Dyer, Excuses Begone!     photo courtesy of Lynn Nagel     In his new book, Wayne [...]

Keeping An Open Mind

  I can’t really think of an instance when keeping an open mind about something turned out to be a bad thing.  Can you?  Even if someone or something disappointed me, having an open mind kept the possibility of good results alive for a time and that time was good.   While I was not [...]

I’m not really a big city girl…

    I’m not really a big city girl, though you’d never know it.   I have managed to take up residence in big cities (Boston, Chicago, L.A.) most of my adult life.  I now find myself off to the “Big Apple” for vacation.  How did this happen?   Well, yes, I know technically how it [...]

Doing, Not Writing

photo by Babykailan     I’ve been busy.  It seems that working through my Vacation To Do List  requires actual doing more than writing.  But it’s good stuff.  It’s good to follow through on plans (yoga, car maintenance, etc.), to be open to new unplanned activities (cleansing diet), and to sometimes not want to do [...]

My Vacation To Do List

    Don’t hate me, but I’m a teacher and  I’m lucky enough to be embarking on a four-week summer break.  Family vacation to some touristy city where my daughter can shop and I can museum hop will only take up five days.  The rest is mine, all mine!   Lest I squander my well earned, [...]

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