Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend panels offered by the Conference on World Affairs. I sought out the panels about creativity, spirituality, poetry, and stories. I heard a lot of things that affirmed my own experience, and other things that deepened my understanding, or challenged what I thought I knew. I’m still [...]
Joel’s photo got me thinking about the emotional state I’ve been in this month. I wrapped up a big, difficult project at the end of December, and the emotional fall-out surprised me. It wasn’t a writing project, but a life-project, involving the care of an elderly relative. At the end of it, her situation was [...]
Dear Readers, I started this blog last winter solstice, and posted every day since. I’ve found it to be like any spiritual practice when undertaken with dedication and attention in that there have been times when it was exactly what I needed to cheer myself up, and other times when it’s felt like a [...]
Just over a week ago, I finished –and won—another NaNoWriMo. I crossed the 50,000 word mark on November 29, and couldn’t bring myself to go back on the 30th. I know it’s just a down-draft, a first draft, but it still takes more effort than I’m used to to show up and write almost 1700 [...]
With Thanksgiving past and Christmas looming, I’ve arrived at the season of the year most packed with traditions. This year there have been a lot of changes, with my daughter off at college, so I’ve been thinking about traditions and what they mean.
I think traditions are a way to ground ourselves in the past, [...]
Watching Randy Pausch’s lecture this week just emphasized for me how very little control we have over our brain chemistry. He said he just didn’t see the point in complaining about his situation. He remained upbeat and kept his sense of wonder. I admire that more than I can say.
I admire it because it’s [...]
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, even though it involves a lot of house cleaning and cooking, which are not among my preferred activities. I love, though, that we have a holiday dedicated to gratitude. I also love that in my family, the day isn’t fraught with drama, as it is [...]
It heartened me that this country voted from a place of compassion this last election. Obama’s agenda leans more toward helping those in need of help than Romney’s did, marriage equality made inroads, and even the legalization of marijuana by Colorado and Washington strikes me as a more compassionate stance than prohibition.
By compassion I [...]