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Our Love for the Land by Dolores Huerta

Friday, January 01, 2016      3 comments

I remember seeing Dolores Huerta speak at a rally in my teens, when the United Farm Workers were organizing in California. I was surprised to see her picture in the Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar I unwrapped today to hang in my kitchen. The w... Read more

It has nothing to do with being smart or capable

Tuesday, December 01, 2015      13 comments

Those were the arresting words my therapist said to me about my clutter. I had just recounted how losing those 65 pounds hadn't been nearly as hard as trying to get rid of and organize my "stuff." I had assumed I could use the same babystep ap... Read more

Singing in the Morning

Wednesday, August 26, 2015      4 comments

Here is another of my morning rituals, that I perform to put myself in a positive mood. As I mentioned in my last blog, "I devised [them] to help combat the emotional pain and sometime despair that plagued me all too often when I contemplated th... Read more

Breathing in the Day

Saturday, August 01, 2015      10 comments

This is one of my morning rituals, that I perform to put myself in a positive mood. I devised it to help combat the emotional pain and sometime despair that plagued me all too often when I contemplated the poor management, negligence and dissat... Read more

Mammogram advice (especially for abuse survivors)

Saturday, May 30, 2015      7 comments

A teammate asked for any advice to prepare her for her first mammogram, and this is what I shared: I didn't have a mammogram until after I turned 50, and out of the 4 I've had, 2 went well and 2 triggered PTSD episodes. Things I've found th... Read more

A 10.5 hour day with a new car at the end of it!

Sunday, May 24, 2015      8 comments

I am so thankful that my old car (a 2002 Accord) made it down to Tumwater and back (an hour each way) on Thursday for a job interview for a Customer Service (CSS2) position at my agency's headquarters. It was only when I went to drive the mile ... Read more

Spring Fling's first nutritional activity

Sunday, April 19, 2015      2 comments

I explained in my last blog about the extra opportunities available during our agency wellness campaign to earn more points by exploring mental health and nutritional activities. So here's the description of the first nutritional one: • ... Read more

Spring Fling: Work wellness campaign addresses mental health, too

Saturday, April 18, 2015      1 comments

Spring Fling is one of our annual wellness campaigns in the state agency where I work. Many of our campaigns through the year have us tracking exercise minutes or steps, earning more points for more vigorous activities. Our wonderful Wellness ... Read more

Valentine's Day outing--a gift to me

Saturday, February 14, 2015      7 comments

I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to put more energy into new positive directions in my life, and less into escaping the negative. (I spent so much of last year applying for jobs to get away from the misery of my current one.) ... Read more


Thursday, December 25, 2014      7 comments

Ive made my peace with scaling back on gift buying, given the economy and my (so far) unsuccessful attempts to obtain a better-paying job. And then I ended up sick, and have put off joining my sister and brother-in-law for a holiday get-togeth... Read more

Tracking the positive, and progress, at work

Sunday, November 30, 2014      4 comments

Some of you know I have not been happy at work for quite a while. I've applied for 17 jobs since mid-January, and I have two new applications I'm working on, plus waiting to hear whether I make the cut to the 2nd interview stage on the most rec... Read more

Day of Renewal plan

Tuesday, August 19, 2014      6 comments

I'm just the messenger this time. When I was talking recently to my dear friend on Maui, she mentioned being on an odd mailing list for contractors in Hawai'i. Through it she was introduced to Alice Inoue who founded Happiness U, an educationa... Read more

Big Rocks and Pledge Thread

Saturday, April 05, 2014      5 comments

Back in August 2011 I wrote a blog "Big Rocks":
al.asp?blog_id=4402160 In it, I recount the story* "A man leading a workshop on time management began with a demonstrat... Read more

I will!

Friday, April 04, 2014      9 comments

I will take babysteps today--I will, I will, I will! Goddess, I want to make changes, make progress, move forward toward my goals! I want to feel free and powerful. I can't get there all at once, but I can take action TODAY! I can take *... Read more

Getting Free at work

Tuesday, January 07, 2014      11 comments

This was my most recent status: Anger over a situation at work is motivating me to make plans to address my own situation as well as the larger issues. It's unsettling, but empowering. Trying NOT to stay stuck in anger or hurt. The latter... Read more

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