What I have learned about the darkness

What I have learned about the darkness

What I have learned about the darkness

Facing our fear of the darkness Still reading a couple of good books. I always try to read in spurts and digest the consumed section. This is not news to anyone who reads non-fiction and how-to. You have to think about the writer’s words. Really ponder them. Eat those words, and experience them. Well, so, FEAR by Thich Nhat Hanh has such great things to share. He talks about how we are consumed with fear from the womb. We are safe within the confines of our watery cocoon. There is darkness, but we don’t mind. Once we are born, we

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Facing fear as a writer and if you should

Facing fear as a writer and if you should

I have begun reading a book by my favorite writer/speaker/teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, called “Fear”. Get yours by clicking the image The first thing it addresses, right in the introduction, is how we give into fear. Even when we are surrounded by the people who give us the most joy, we still have this feeling peering over our shoulders like a curious onlooker. We cannot escape the things that give us chills. They are always with us, in the background, waiting to jump out at us when we turn a corner. This is especially true, I think, for creatives. We

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Memorize and relive

Memorize and relive

Life happens, begins a popular commercial. And indeed, it does. For some, life is happening too intensely, too gravelly to travel the road unaided. That’s me. I am leaning on all of my resources as I pick my way along this particular and oftentimes difficult road. But it is not without it’s laughter, too. Just the other night as I was struggling with something simple, my hubby got tickled about my attempt and began chuckling, and when I asked him what was so funny, he burst out laughing. That man laughed until tears of mirth appeared. I do not remember

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Stuffitis Anonymous

Stuffitis Anonymous

On reducing stuffitis: “Immaculate and modest living are the planes on which we can rise over our established life and its temporary existence.”  KIM SMITH It has been quite a while since I posted about my lifestyle reboot. It’s because it has been put on hold for some time. First, winter prevented my getting much done, and then my hubby’s illness took front stage. But that desire to turn this bird (that I call life) around has recently begun to plague me once again. Why, you ask? Well, it’s simple really. A basic minimum of  belongings is freeing. I once

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Crush a spirit, criticize a soul

Crush a spirit, criticize a soul

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” — Octavia Butler Criticism – even the most innocent kind can be something that will crush the spirit of a tender individual, someone not strong in their self-esteem. Please be kind to one another. There is no greater gift than that of being kind and generous and good to each other as humans. Hey, we are all we got, right?

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