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Saturday, January 30, 2016      18 comments

One of my favorite hiking spots is an area called Hemlock Crossing, near where I live along the Lake Michigan coast. The trail follows along a riverbank and has a variety of landscapes. It is beautiful there in summer and quiet and lovely in... Read more

Beginning to drift from the shore.... so to speak

Tuesday, January 26, 2016      8 comments

While I love the SP challenges.... and I am currently in the Winter Challenge, I have this unfortunate tendency , at some point in the challenge to become complacent, unfocused, and vulnerable to falling into old self defeating food habits. Read more

From 'One Word' to a Positive Action

Friday, January 01, 2016      10 comments

Value "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?" These words by poet Mary Oliver have haunted me since I first read "A Summer Day" many years ago. The poem spoke with me about appreciation of the moment and of life it... Read more

Becoming Unstuck and Moving Forward

Tuesday, October 27, 2015      6 comments

Last 2 weeks were not stellar weeks for me as far as my participation as a Firecracker challenge team member and in particular for my self and my goals. I didn't gain any weight but I am pretty stuck and not having success with losing. . I... Read more

What To Remember When Waking

Thursday, October 15, 2015      5 comments

Good morning Sparkfriends. Here is a beautiful and affirming poem for starting our day. David Whyte never stops amazing me. And remember, "you are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident." WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN W... Read more

Our time.... finite and precious.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015      10 comments

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see." - John Burroughs Wow.... does this quote ever speak to me as I contin... Read more

The Sabbath Poem ( just for Sparkers)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015      11 comments

Today's poem reflects the journey we are on...... the last two lines ..... positive and full of purpose. No, no, there is no going back. Less and less you are that possibility you were. More and more you have become those lives an... Read more

An Irish Blessing by John O Donahue

Tuesday, March 17, 2015      11 comments

Beannacht ("Blessing") On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you. And when your eyes free... Read more

Gathering my thoughts

Sunday, March 01, 2015      6 comments

I feel like I need to gather my thoughts and process my past 4 days on the road. emoticon I have not been the... Read more

It Will Be a Good Year in 2015.. Sparkers Already Know What To Do.

Saturday, December 27, 2014      5 comments

The Christmas holiday time is nearly over. I plan to weigh in in a couple of days to assess the 'damage' by getting on the scales, although I don't think it will be too bad Read more

What Life Expects From Us.

Thursday, September 25, 2014      4 comments

After spending an evening mindlessly eating some lovely trail mix from Costco, I began thinking about the unfortunate and self defeating parts of my choices I made that evening. Then I began to think about some of the ideas of Dr. Victo... Read more

Autumn Psalm

Tuesday, September 23, 2014      2 comments

Another new beginning as well as thoughts about endings for SparkFriends, this autumn. May we all feel an "at home-ness" within our selves at this time of year.... Read more

When the wind Is Perfect

Tuesday, September 16, 2014      6 comments

May all my Sparkfriends and our Firecracker Challenge team have a day (and a challenge) with perfect wind. I love this poem. ON A DAY WHEN THE WIND IS PERFECT On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and ... Read more

Friendships and motivation

Sunday, July 20, 2014      6 comments

Motivation, support, encouragement is so important and especially so when it comes from friends. As I ( gratefully) continue to move into my 'mature' years I value the importance of friendships and value of having people around to sha... Read more

The 'scale' perspective.....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014      4 comments

As I am soon to start a new SP Challenge, and will be getting on the scale more frequently, I want to share a little perspective on "the scale." I am (or we are) so much more than the scale. Read more

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